Sara Kirk

Professor, Dalhousie - Health Promotion, School of Health and Human Performance, FoH

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Dr. Sara Kirk is a Professor of Health Promotion and Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute, at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She also holds a cross-appointment with Community Health and Epidemiology, an honorary senior scientist position with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, and adjunct faculty status in the Applied Human Nutrition department at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her program of research explores the creation of supportive environments for chronic disease prevention. Her research uses a ‘socio-ecological’ approach that considers how individual behaviours are influenced by other broader factors, such as income, education and societal norms. 


PhD, Nutrition and Psychology, University of Leeds

Research Interests

Health promotion
Population health
Children and youth
Systems science
Obesity prevention

Notable Awards

  • Dalhousie University inaugural award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision (2015)
  • Dalhousie University, School of Health and Human Performance Teaching and Mentorship Excellence Award (2015)
  • Halifax Cycling Coalition Active Transportation Advocate Award (2017)
  • Dalhousie University, Faculty of Health Senior Research Excellence (2018)


Named in Optimyz magazine’s Top 100 Canadian Health and Fitness Influencers for 2019.

Recruiting Graduate Students Interested In

  • School health promotion
  • Socio-ecological approaches to health
  • Obesity prevention

Recent Publications

Scopus ID#: 7103258623
Orcid ID#: 0000-0003-2146-4448