Kate Storey, PhD, RD

Associate Professor, School of Public Health


Associate Professor, School of Public Health
(780) 492-9609
3-50 University Terrace
8303 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2T4



I am an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. I also hold a CIHR New Investigator grant in Child & Youth Health. 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 delivers and evaluates school- and community-based healthy living programs throughout Canada which promote wellbeing, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health inequities. My work aims to create a culture of wellness for kids, their families, and their communities by making the ‘healthy choice the easy choice’ where we live, work, learn, and play. I work to create systems-level change through programs that foster resilience and empowerment. As an applied scientist, partnerships are vital and an essential component of my work. As such, I collaborate with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in both health and education. 

I am supported through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Alberta Innovates. I am a mom to two young children who share my passion for adventure, travel, and being active.

For more information on work done by the SIRCLE Research Lab, please go to www.katestorey.com.


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



Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Edmonton, 2019

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



chronic disease prevention

community based research

health promotion

implementation science

child and youth health

knowledge translation



public health

qualitative methods

school health



Currently accepting graduate students.


MACE 550 - Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry

An introduction to the main methods in qualitative inquiry, data collection strategies, qualitative data analysis, rigor, ethics, and proposal preparation. Students may not receive credit for both COMM 597 (Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry) and MACE 550.

Winter Term 2022

SPH 623 - Qualitative and Community-Based Approaches in Health Research

Theoretical understanding of qualitative and community-based research designs, including phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, biography and case study. Methods of data collection such as interviews, focus groups and participant observation. Strategies for data analysis and dissemination. Pre or corequisite: SPH 503 or consent of instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 603 and SPH 623. Credit may not be obtained for both HECOL 603 and SPH 623. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Winter Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Research - CIHR New Investigator Grant: Sleeping Soundly: Understanding the translation of sleep promotion at school to sleep behaviours at home: Insights from children and parents

Started: 2017

Principal Investigator

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI)

Research - CIHR Pathways to Health Equity Grant: Expanding the Circle: Peer-based approaches to obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention for Indigenous children

Started: 2016

Co-Principal Investigator

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Diabetes Canada

Research - Enhancing glycemic index knowledge and application among adults with type-2 diabetes mellitus

Started: 2016


Funded by the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research

Research - Evaluating the Impact of School's Out...Let's Move on Children's Health and Health Equity

Started: 2015

Principal Investigator

Funded by the Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI)

Research - Extension of the COMPASS Study: Building on our current success shaping the direction of youth health

Started: 2016


Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Research - Return on investments in innovative interventions that promote healthy eating and active living among children

Started: 2014


Funded by Alberta Innovates, Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunity (CRIO) Team Grant

Research - Shaping the direction of youth health across Canada by expanding the COMPASS study to new jurisdictions

Started: 2016


Funded by Health Canada - the Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP)

Research - Simulation modelling of the impact of population approaches to reduce free sugar consumption among Canadians

Started: 2017


Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Research - Transforming healthy school communities: expanding APPLE Schools into vulnerable schools across Canada

Started: 2016

Co-Principal Investigator

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada


The combined impact of diet, physical activity, screen time and sleep on academic achievement: a prospective study of elementary students in Nova Scotia, Canada

Author(s): Faught, E.L., Ekwaru, J.P., Gleddie, D., Storey, K.E., Asbridge, M., Veugelers, P.J.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 29

Implementing comprehensive school health in Alberta, Canada: the principal's role

Author(s): Roberts, E., McLeod, N., Montemurro, G., Veugelers, P., Gleddie, D., Storey, K.E.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Health Promotion International
Volume: 31
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 915-924

Understanding the essential conditions of successful implementation of comprehensive school health to change health behaviours and shift the school culture

Author(s): Storey, K.E., Montemurro, G., Flynn, J., Schwartz, M., Wright, E., Osler, J., Veugelers, P., Roberts, E.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: BMC Public Health
Volume: 16
Page Numbers: 1133

INVITED Manuscript: A changing landscape: web-based methods for dietary assessment in adolescents

Author(s): Storey, K.E.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Volume: 18
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 437-45

From 'best practice" to "next practice": the effectiveness of school-based health promotion in improving healthy eating and physical activity and preventing childhood obesity.

Author(s): Fung, C., Kuhle, S., Lu, C., Purcell, M., Schwartz, M., Storey, K., Veugelers, P.J.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
Volume: 9
Issue: 27
Page Numbers: 1-9