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Candace Robertson-James

Candace Robertson-James, DrPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine; Research Manager, Women's Health Education Program; Associate Director, Office of Urban Health Equity, Education & Research

Department: Medicine


  • MPH - MCP Hahnemann University
  • DrPH - Drexel University
  • BS in Biology - Villanova University

Dr. Robertson-James is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and associate director of the Office of Urban Health Equity, Education & Research at Drexel University College of Medicine. In this role, she 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 also teaches on a variety of other public health, health promotion and research topics at Eastern and La Salle Universities, where she is an adjunct professor. She has conducted workshops on several topics in various professional and community settings, including a workshop series at the Riverside Correctional Facility, the women’s prison in the Philadelphia prison system. She has served as an evaluator of several health promotion projects and has also developed evaluation tools and presented at regional and national conferences.


  • American Public Health Association
  • Society for Public Health Education


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).

Contact Information

Academic Office

Women's Health Education Program
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.991.8451
Fax: 215.843.0253