Candace Robertson-James is the research manager at the Women's Health Education Program, as well as an instructor in the Department of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Villanova University, her Master of Public Health from MCP Hahnemann University, and her Doctor of Public Health from Drexel University.
Robertson-James has participated in research focused on the epidemiology of adolescent violence in urban centers such as Philadelphia; hypertension in Pacific Islanders; menopause education and health risks associated with the menopausal transition; cultural competence; health disparities, particularly those issues affecting women, minorities and adolescents; barriers to the inclusion of minorities in research; dating and domestic violence; and health promotion interventions. Robertson-James has also lead community participatory research initiatives promoting health in diverse and underserved communities.
She received recognition as the recipient of the Exemplary Community Based Master's Project Award (2002) for her work on a project addressing adolescent violence, specifically, exploring the role of school commitment as a protective factor in adolescent experiences with violence. Robertson-James also received a citation from State Senator Constance Williams for programming regarding “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day” in Pennsylvania (July 2004), the Exemplary Instruction and Service award from Eastern University, People for People Institute (April 2010) and the 2010 Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion (November 2010) for demonstrating excellence in her professional endeavors and commitment to the values and ideals of Villanova.
Robertson-James has also been involved with projects mentoring high school students interested in math and science. She has worked as a science teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy, where she enhanced the school’s science program, introduced an experiential lab component, provided curricular guidance, and served as a consultant two years after teaching.
In addition, Robertson-James ensures that all Drexel University College of Medicine third-year clerks, as well as first-year students, receive training on intimate partner violence screening strategies in clinical venues. She has conducted workshops on several women’s health topics in various community settings, including a workshop series at the Riverside Correctional Facility, the women’s prison in the Philadelphia Prison System. Robertson-James is a member of the American Public Health Association and serves as health chair for the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference. She has also developed evaluation tools and has presented at regional and national conferences.