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Sara Kirk

Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research at the School of Health and Human Performance


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School of Health and Human Performance

Email: sara.kirk@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-8440
Fax: (902) 494-5120
Mailing Address: 
School of Health and Human Performance
Dalhousie University
Stairs House, P.O. Box 15000
6230 South Street
Halifax, N.S. B3H 4R2
(Office location: 1318 Robie Street)
Research Topics:
  • Health services
  • Health promotion
  • Health intervention
  • Obesity remediation
  • Physical activity



Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Leeds
PhD, University of Leeds

Research interests

Synopsis: Dr. Kirk is cross-appointed with Community Health and Epidemiology and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She is also a research associate with the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre and a senior scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Originally from the UK, she moved to Canada in December 2006, and now heads a research group called Applied Research Collaborations for Health (ARCH). Her research program uses a social-ecological approach to understand lifestyle factors influencing health status and health services utilization, particularly in relation to excessive weight gain (obesity).

  • Lifestyle factors influencing health status and health services research
  • Social ecological approaches to health
  • Nutrition, physical activity, energy balance and obesity
  • Health promotion and policy
  • Population health intervention research

Selected publications

  • Kuhle, S., Kirk, S., Ohinmaa, A., Yasui, Y., Allen, A., & Veugelers, P. (2011). Use and cost of health services among overweight and obese Canadian children. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6(2): 142–148
  • Kirk, S.F.L., Penney, T.L., McHugh, T.L., & Sharma, A.M. (2011). Effective weight management practice: A review of the lifestyle intervention evidence. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication, April 12, 2011; doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.80
  • Spencer, R., Bower, J., Hoyt, J., Miller, J., Yates, G., Kirk, S., & Hancock-Friesen, C. (2011). Scaling up a school-based pilot. Case 5, H2K – The Heart Healthy Kids Program. In Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian Institute for Health Information - Canadian Population Health Initiative. Population Health Intervention Research Casebook, 2011, 32-34.
  • Kirk, S., on behalf of the “Putting Evidence into Practice” Development Team. (2011). Letter to the editor: The importance of dissemination efforts of paediatric Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management and prevention of obesity. Paediatrics and Child Health, 16(4) (online).
  • Marjerrison, S., Cummings, E.A., Glanville, N.T., Kirk, S.F.L., & Ledwell, M. (2010). Prevalance and Associations of Food Insecurity in Pediatric Diabetes. Journal of Pediatrics, published online ahead of print, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.10.003