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Aimee S. James, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Surgery

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Graduate School

M.A., Psychology, University of Houston, 1998
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Houston, 1999
M.P.H., University of Texas- Houston Health Science Center
Health Promotion & Health Education, 2000

Post Doctoral Education

Post-doctoral fellowship, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, 2000-2003.

Teaching Appointments

Program Committee, Instructor and Section Leader: Practice of Medicine-1, Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) Program

Research Interests

  • Cancer prevention and control through interventions to promote change in behavior or screening.  
  • Studies to examine and reduce health disparities and promote equity in health. Health promotion and decision making in underserved or at-risk populations.
  • Research methods that are sensitive to the context in which we work and live; community-engaged research and community-based participatory research. 
  • Role of cost and insurance status in healthcare choices and utilization.
  • Qualitative and mixed methods to enhance understanding of health, health decisions and health behavior, and the application of these methods to improve the relevance and impact of interventions.
  • Developing and implementing tailored, targeted and theory-based interventions that are culturally sensitive, at appropriate literacy levels, and have the potential for dissemination if they are found effective.


Selected Publications

Wells AA, Shon EJ, McGowan K, James A. Perspectives of Low-Income African-American Women Non-adherent to Mammography Screening: the Importance of Information, Behavioral Skills, and Motivation. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Dec 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26661256.

Hunleth JM, Steinmetz EK, McQueen A, James AS. Beyond Adherence: Health Care Disparities and the Struggle to Get Screened for Colon Cancer. Qual Health Res. 2016 Jan;26(1):17-31. doi: 10.1177/1049732315593549. Epub 2015 Jul 9. PubMed PMID: 26160775; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4684740.

Thompson VL, Drake B, James AS, Norfolk M, Goodman M, Ashford L, Jackson S, Witherspoon M, Brewster M, Colditz G. A Community Coalition to Address Cancer Disparities: Transitions, Successes and Challenges. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Dec;30(4):616-22. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0746-3. PubMed PMID: 25351452; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4416074.

James AS, Richardson V, Wang J, Proctor EK, Colditz, GA (2013). Systems intervention to promote colon cancer screening in safety net settings: protocol for a community-based participatory randomized controlled trial Implementation Science. 2013, 8:58. PMCID: PMC3674918.

James AS, Chisholm P, Wolin KY, Baxter M, Kaphingst K, Davidson NO. Screening and Health Behaviors among Persons Diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis and their Relatives. J Cancer Epidemiol 2012; EpubJuly29.

James AS, Daley CM, Greiner KA. “Cutting” on cancer: Attitudes about cancer spread and surgery among primary care patients in the USA. Social Science and Medicine 2011; 73(11): 1669-1673.

James AS, Daley CM, Greiner KA. Knowledge and Attitudes about Colon Cancer Screening Among African Americans. American Journal of Health Behavior 2011; 35(4): 393-401. 

Daley CM, James AS, Ulrey E, Joseph S, Talawyma A, Choi WS, Greiner KA, Coe MK. Using focus groups in community-based participatory research: challenges and resolutions. Qual Health Res. 2010 May;20(5):697-706. PMCID: PMC2947156.

James AS, Greiner KA, Born W, Hall S, Buckles D, Ahluwalia JS. The impact of socioeconomic status on perceived barriers to colorectal cancer testing. American Journal of Health Promotion 2008; 23(2): 97-100. 

Aimee James, PhD, MPH, on PubMed