Dr. James is an epidemiologist and engineer who specializes in environmental and climate risk factors and health in vulnerable populations. She has experience in leading and conducting community-based research projects including NIEHS funded studies investigating exposure to metals (arsenic and cadmium) and cardiometabolic and kidney diseases. Her research was one of the first to show associations with low-level arsenic exposure (<50 µg/L) with direct relevance to the exposure range of the US population. Dr. James also completed a Faculty Development Investigator Award through the Denver Children’s Environmental Health Center at National Jewish Health investigating the association between air quality and respiratory burden in the San Luis Valley and recently led a CDC funded biomonitoring tracking grant in a pediatric population in the San Luis Valley measuring exposures to 17 metals, pyrethroids, phthalates, and other pesticides through urine and water samples. Dr. James is also the PI for The Attitudes and Behaviors Study a repeated population-based survey of tobacco and marijuana use and other public health issues.
Education, Licensure & Certifications
- PhD University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Epidemiology, 2010
- MS University of Colorado, Boulder, Civil/Environmental Engineering, 2002
- MSPH University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center, Public Health, 2000
- BS Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Biological Systems Engineering, 1996
- 2019: Selected for the NIH/NSF sponsored Data Innovation Lab on Environmental Health in Rural Populations
- 2013: Selected for the Early Career Women in Medicine Leadership Conference July 2013
- 2012: Faculty Development Award Children’s Environmental Health Center, National Jewish Hospital
- 2011: American Academy of Neurology Conference, Selected as a top abstract for presentation by the scientific chair, Dr. Stefan Pulst, in the “Scientific Program Highlights Plenary Session”.
- 2000: Awarded Travel Scholarship Royal Society Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to travel to the Republic of Mauritius for environmental research and training.
- 1999: Dennis Burkitt Fellowship from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- 2018 and present: EHOH 6614 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health
- 2012 – present: EPID 7605 Research Methods in Secondary Data Analysis
Publications and Presentations
- Hall, KE, A Monte, T Chang, and KA James. (2018) Mental Health-Related Emergency Department Visits Associated with Cannabis in Colorado. Annals of Emergency James, K.A., Meliker, J.R., Nriagu, J.O., 2017. Arsenic. In: Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd edition. vol. 1, pp. 170–175. Oxford: Academic Press.
- Moon KA, Oberoi S, Barchowsky A, Chen Y, Guallar E, Nachman KE, Rahman M, Sohel N, D'Ippoliti D, Wade TJ, James KA, Farzan SF, Karagas MR, Ahsan H, Navas-Acien A. (2017) A dose-response meta-analysis of chronic arsenic exposure and incident cardiovascular disease. International Journal of Epidemiology. 46(6):1924-1939.
- James, K.A., Hall DA. (2015) Groundwater pesticide levels and the association with Parkinson disease. Int J Toxicol. 34(3):266-73.
- James, K.A., T Byers, JE Hokanson, JR Meliker, GO Zerbe, JA Marshall. 2014 Association between Lifetime Exposure to Inorganic Arsenic in Drinking Water and Coronary Heart Disease in Colorado Residents. Environmental Health Perspectives Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Feb;123(2):128-34.
- James, K.A., JR Meliker, BE Buttenfield, T Byers, GO Zerbe, JE Hokanson, JA Marshall (2014) Predicting arsenic concentrations in groundwater of San Luis Valley, Colorado: implications for individual-level lifetime exposure assessment. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 36(4): 773- 782
- James, K.A. and JR Meliker (2013) Environmental cadmium exposure and osteoporosis: a review. International Journal of Public Health Oct;58(5):737-45 DOI:10.1007/s00038-013-0488-8
- James, K.A., Marshall JA, Meliker JR, Hokanson JE, Zerbe GO, Byers TE. (2014)Lifetime exposure to inorganic arsenic in drinking water and the association with diabetes mellitus. Environmental Research May;123:33-8.
- James, K.A., Meliker JR, Marshall JA, Hokanson JE, Zerbe GO, Byers TE. Validation of estimates of past exposure to arsenic in drinking water using historical urinary arsenic concentrations. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2013 Feb 27. doi: 10.1038.