Faculty and Staff


Kate Storey, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Public Health, School of

About Me

My research program, entitled School-based Intervention Research through Changes in Lifestyles & Environments (SIRCLE), focuses on school- and community-based strategies to promote healthy weights and prevent chronic diseases. My research aims to improve the overall health and well-being of families and communities by making the ‘healthy choice the easy choice’ where we live, work, learn and play.

Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, my research evaluates the process, impact and outcome of school-based health promotion interventions, such as Comprehensive School Health (CSH). CSH is an internationally recognized framework that focuses on improving the whole school environment, which includes students’ educational outcomes as well as school health.

Through my research, I hope to enhance intervention implementation in order to have a greater impact and improved outcomes of eating habits, physical activity levels and healthy weights. New knowledge is used to strengthen and optimize implementation through a knowledge cycle of: 1) implementation; 2) conducting research and providing results back to communities; and 3) adapting interventions.

Embedded within the participatory approach of school-based health promotion is the incorporation of multiple stakeholder perspectives and expertise, which requires effective knowledge exchange. Knowledge exchange is an essential component of my research, and is a key factor in refining intervention development. As such, I collaborate with other researchers, policy makers and practitioners in both health and education throughout all stages of my work.



RD, Alberta Health Services (former Calgary Health and Capital Health Regions), 2008
PhD, University of Alberta, 2007
BSc (with Distinction), Indiana University, 2002



Dear Professor Award (acknowledges promotion of mental health amongst students), University of Alberta Compliments Student Group, 2017

Advisor of the Year, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, 2015

Small Class Instructor of the Year, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, 2008

Health Research Studentship, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, 2006

Doctoral Student Award in Nutrition Education and Communication, Danone Institute of Canada, 2003



chronic disease prevention
community based research
health promotion
implementation science
child health
knowledge translation
public health
qualitative methods
school health