Sara KirkPhD

Professor, Health Promotion


Related information:

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:
  • Socio-ecological approaches
  • Population health intervention research
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Obesity prevention
  • Healthy public policy
  • Weight bias and weight-based teasing


Curriculum Vitae

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

Dr. Kirk is a professor of health promotion in the School of Health and Human Performance, and the Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute. She holds cross-appointments with Community Health and Epidemiology, is an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Vincent University, in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition, and honorary senior scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute.

Her research seeks to understand how we can create supportive environments for chronic disease prevention. She applies a ‘socio-ecological’ approach that considers how individual behaviour is influenced by other broader factors, such as income, education and societal norms.