Dr. Robertson-James has participated in research focused on the epidemiology of adolescent violence in urban centers such as Philadelphia; cultural competence; gender and race based health disparities, particularly those issues affecting women, minorities and adolescents; barriers to the inclusion of minorities in research; dating and domestic violence; health promotion interventions and the role of intersectionality (racism and sexism) in the subjective social status and overall health status of black women. 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. Dr. 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. She was selected to participate in the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Translational Health Disparities Course (2013).