• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health

Seattle, WA
United States

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I completed my PhD at the University of Washington, Institute for Public Health Genetics, in 2017. My dissertation research looked at researcher trustworthiness within community-academic research partnerships. ​Since then, I have focused on ethical implementation of a range of health services, including genetic testing for kidney disease risk, cancer genetic screening, and pregnancy services for people with congenital heart disease.

My interdisciplinary research experiences began with the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic research and technologies, especially as they impact American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. In addition to my 3 years as a student with the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at UAF, I spent 5 years on this topic as a staff researcher at the University of Washington, Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. I specialize in qualitative research methods, research ethics, and communicating about science across cultures, languages and academic disciplines. but I can hold my own in quantitative methods too.

  • BA (Oberlin College)
  • MS (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
  • PhD (University of Washington)
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Health Topics 
  • Bioethics
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Genomics
  • Health Disparities
  • Qualitative Research and Methods

James, Rosalina, Kathleen M. West, Katrina Claw, Abigail EchoHawk, Leah Dodge, Adrian Dominguez, Maile Taualii, Ralph Forquera, Kenneth Thummel, Wylie Burke. (2018) “Responsible Research with Urban Indians.” American Journal of Public Health, 108(12), pp. 1613–1616.

West, Kathleen M., Erika Blacksher, Wylie Burke. (2017) "Genomics, health disparities, and missed opportunities for the nation's research agenda," JAMA-- Journal of the American Medical Association. 317(18):1831-1832. Published online ahead of print. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3096.

Hagopian, Amy, Kathleen McGlone West, India J. Ornelas, Ariel N. Hart, Jennifer Hagedorn, Clarence Spigner. (2018) "Adopting an anti-racism public health curriculum competency: the University of Washington experience.” Public Health Reports, 133(4) 507-513.