Kate Storey

My research program, entitled School-based Intervention Research through Changes in Lifestyles & Environments (SIRCLE), focuses on school- and community-based strategies to promote healthy weights and prevent chronic diseases. My research aims to improve the overall health and well-being of families and communities by making the ‘healthy choice the easy choice’ where we live, work, learn and play.

Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, my research evaluates the process, impact and outcome of school-based health promotion interventions, such as Comprehensive School Health (CSH). CSH is an internationally recognized framework that focuses on improving the whole school environment, which includes students’ educational outcomes as well as school health.

Through my research, I hope to enhance intervention implementation in order to have a greater impact and improved outcomes of eating habits, physical activity levels and healthy weights. New knowledge is used to strengthen and optimize implementation through a knowledge cycle of: 1) implementation; 2) conducting research and providing results back to communities; and 3) adapting interventions.

Embedded within the participatory approach of school-based health promotion is the incorporation of multiple stakeholder perspectives and expertise, which requires effective knowledge exchange. Knowledge exchange is an essential component of my research, and is a key factor in refining intervention development. As such, I collaborate with other researchers, policy makers and practitioners in both health and education throughout all stages of my work.


RD, Alberta Health Services (former Calgary Health and Capital Health Regions), 2008

PhD, University of Alberta, 2007

BSc (with Distinction), Indiana University, 2002


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


Storey, K.E., McCargar, L.J. (in press). Reliability and validity of Web-SPAN, a web-based method for assessing weight status, diet, and physical activity in youth. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Pabayo, R., Spence, J.C., Casey, L., Storey, K. (in press). An examination of the food consumption patterns of preschool children. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research.

Storey, K.E., Spitters, H., Cunningham, C.T., Schwartz, M., Veugelers, P.J. (2011). Implementing Comprehensive School Health. Teachers’ perceptions of the Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating in Schools: APPLE Schools. Physical & Health Education Academic Journal, 3(2), 1-18.

Raine, K.D., Plotnikoff, R., Nykiforuk, C., Deegan, H., Hemphill, E., Storey, K., Schopflocher, D., Veugelers, P., Wild, T.C., Ohinmaa, A. (2010). Reflections on community-based population health intervention and evaluation for obesity and chronic disease prevention: the Healthy Alberta Communities project. International Journal of Public Health, 55(6), 679-686.

Storey, K.E., Forbes, L.E., Fraser, S.N., Spence, J.C., Plotnikoff, R.C., Raine, K.D., Hanning, R.M., McCargar, L.J. (2009). Diet quality, nutrition and physical activity among adolescents: The Web-SPAN (Web-Survey of Physical Activity and Nutrition) project. Public Health Nutrition, 12(11), 2009-2017.

Current Projects

CPHI knowledge exchange, effectiveness of school programs in preventing childhood overweight: A natural experiment created by new policy
Co-principal Investigator
funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Information

Assessing community environments for physical activity and healthy eating: development of innovative mixed-methods approaches for utilizing objective and subjective data
funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Assessing the impact of the Health Check Food Information Program
funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

APPLE Schools–Making the healthy choice the easy choice
funded by a private donor

Youth Health Collaborative: Excelerating evidence-informed action
Research Lead
funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Kate Storey
Assistant Professor

3-50 University Terrace
Phone: 780.492.9609
Fax: 780.492.5521


Currently accepting MSc students.


child health
public health
qualitative methods
school health

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