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  • Dr. Sara FL Kirk, PhD


Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research; Professor, School of Health and Human Performance


Cross-appointment with the IWK Health Centre; Adjunt Professor, University of New Brunswick; Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta; Adjunct Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University

Research Interests:

Nutrition, obesity management and prevention, population health, applied health services and policy research, social-ecological approaches to health, population health intervention research, cancer prevention. 

A weight on our health

Sara Kirk’s research program (Applied Research Collaborations for Health: ARCH) uses a social-ecological approach to understand lifestyle factors influencing health status and health services utilization, particularly in relation to excessive weight gain (obesity). With rates of obesity in Atlantic Canada among the highest in the country, her research is exploring how obesity impacts on health outcomes, as well as how our environment helps or hinders us to make healthy choices.

Membership Status:

Dr. Kirk is a BHCRI Senior Scientist and has served on the BHCRI Development Board.


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Applied Research Collaborations for Health, School of Health and Human Performance, 1318 Robie Street, Dalhousie University, Halifax


Kirk SFL, Kuhle S, Ohinmaa A, Veugelers PJ (2012). Health Behaviours and Health Care Utilization in Canadian School Children. Public Health Nutrition (early online May 2012).

Rainham DG, Bates CJ, Blanchard CM, Dummer TJ, Kirk SF, Shearer CL (2012). Spatial Classification of Youth Physical Activity Patterns. American Journal of Preventive Medicine (early online April 2012).

Kirk SFL, Sim SM, Hemmens E, Price SL (2012). Lessons learned from the implementation of a provincial breastfeeding policy in Nova Scotia, Canada and the implications for childhood obesity prevention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (online publication, April 2012)

McMartin S, Kuhle S, Colman I, Kirk SFL, Veugelers PJ. The Relationship Between Diet Quality and Internalizing Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Public Health Nutrition (early online, March 2012).

Kuhle S, Kirk S, Ohinmaa, Urschitz M, Veugelers PJ (2012). The association between childhood obesity and Otitis Media. Pediatric Obesity, 7(2):151-7. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2011.00011.x. Epub 2011 Dec 1.

Kirk SFL, Tytus R, Tsyuki R, Sharma AS. Weight management experiences of overweight and obese Canadian adults: findings from a national survey. Chronic Diseases in Canada, March 2012, volume 32, no.2.

Kirk SFL, Penney TL, McHugh TL, Sharma AM (2012). Effective Weight Management Practice: A Review of the Lifestyle Intervention Evidence. International Journal of Obesity, 36, 178–185.

Dummer TJB, Kirk SFL, Penney TL, Dodds L, Parker L (2012). Targeting policy for obesity prevention: identifying the critical age for weight gain in women. Journal of Obesity, Article ID 934895, doi:10.1155/2012/934895.

Kirk SFL, Kuhle S, Ohinmaa A, Colman I, Veugelers PJ (2012). Health care utilization from prevalent medical conditions in normal weight, overweight and obese children. Journal of Pediatrics, February, 2012, 160, 2, 216-221.e1.

Kuhle S, Kirk S, Ohinmaa A, Veugelers PJ (2012). Comparison of ICD code-based diagnosis of obesity with measured obesity in children and the implications for health care cost estimates. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012, 11:173 doi:10.1186/1471-2288-11-173.

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