Faculty and Staff

Kate

Kate Storey, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Public Health, School of

About Me

I have built on my experience in community-based participatory research, school health, qualitative methods, and implementation science to develop a novel research program SIRCLE: Settings-based Intervention Research through Changes in Lifestyles & Environments. SIRCLE focuses on the holistic assessment of school- and community-based strategies to promote healthy weights, prevent chronic diseases, reduce health inequities, and promote Mino Bimaadiziwin ("living in a good way"). My research program is unique in evaluating the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of school- and community-based health promotion interventions and 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 outcomes of health promotion interventions. Through my research, I enhance implementation in order to have a greater impact and improved health outcomes. New knowledge is used to strengthen and optimize implementation through an iterative knowledge cycle of: 1) implementation; 2) conducting research; and 3) adapting interventions.

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

 

Degrees

PDF, Health Promotion and Socio-behavioural Sciences, University of Alberta, 2010

RD, Alberta Health Services (former Calgary Health and Capital Health Regions), 2008

PhD, Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Alberta, 2007

BSc (with Distinction), Nutrition Science (Biology/Psychology), Indiana University, 2002

 

Awards

Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Science Lab, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, 2018-2023

CIHR/WCHRI New Investigator in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health, CIHR/WCHRI, 2017-2020

2017 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

 

Keywords

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