Dr. Kate Storey, PhD, RD

Director

Dr. Kate Storey is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the
University of Alberta and Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is also a CIHR New Investigator. Kate is a Centre for Healthy Communities Scientist and Lead for ‘Healthy Schools.’ An established leader in creating healthy communities, she has been awarded over $9M (PI/Co-PI) in grants and contracts. She has implemented, evaluated, and scaled healthy living programs in communities with thousands of children and has established partnerships across sectors and levels to facilitate sustainability.

SIRCLE Staff

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Genevieve Montemurro, BA, MSc
Research Coordinator,
Knowledge Translation & Exchange

Genevieve Montemurro is a two-time University of Alberta alumnus, completing a Master of Science in Health Promotion in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2006. Genevieve has contributed to the SIRCLE Lab since 2011 as a Research Coordinator – Knowledge Translation & Exchange. She has enjoyed variety of roles in public health research, evaluation and knowledge translation in university and government settings. Through these roles she has been fortunate to be connected to an incredible network of public health and health promotion innovators.

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Claudine Champion, BKin, MA
Research Coordinator
Claudine is a Research Coordinator in the SIRCLE lab. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Physical Activity and a Masters in Health Messaging. She has previously worked for Alberta Health Services in the area of Mental Health and Addictions and also with the Government of Alberta in Physical Activity and Recreation. She is currently involved in projects dealing with Comprehensive School Health, specifically APPLE Schools.

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Megan MacNeil, MPH, PhD Candidate
PhD Student
Megan is a PhD student at the University of Alberta. She is also a Lead Research & Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.  Megan has a broad range of experience in health system transformation having led numerous local, provincial and national programs in health promotion, knowledge translation, digital health and sleep medicine areas. She is interested and passionate about children’s health and helping families and caregivers have access to quality care where and when they need it.

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Frances Sobierajski, BSc, MPH, MD candidate
Research Assistant
Frances is a research assistant in the SIRCLE lab. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2017 and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion in 2019. She has previously worked in applied health research exploring the preventative and therapeutic role of exercise in pregnancy. She is currently supporting a process evaluation of the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program.

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Stephanie Brooks, MSc, PhD candidate
PhD Student
Stephanie is a PhD Student (Public Health, University of Alberta) in the SIRCLE lab. She also works as the lead for Stakeholder Engagement and Communications for the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Knowledge Translation Platform. Stephanie has supported health information improvement for various vulnerable populations (immigrants, pregnant women, children with chronic disease, and people living with blindness). Her current work supports and studies the implementation of systems-level initiatives to improve health system performance and patient/population health outcomes.

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Danielle Klassen, BA, PhD candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Danielle is a PhD student at the University of Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and minoring in Communications in 2017. She has previously worked in areas of Applied Health Research evaluating community-based programming and Institutional Research at Red Deer College. She is currently conducting research to understand the impact of Comprehensive School Health at the community level through the school-based wellness promotion program ‘A Project Promoting healthy Living for Everyone in schools’ (APPLE Schools). Danielle currently holds a WCHRI Graduate Studentship award funded by the generous support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation through the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. She is a 2020 recipient of the Dawn Bucharski Graduate Award in Health Promotion.

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Pamela Mellon, BSc, MSc candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Pamela is a Master of Science Health Promotion student at the University of Alberta. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University in 2016. She has previously worked for Alberta Health Services as a Health Promotion Facilitator, supporting Fort McMurray schools after the 2016 wildfire. In this role, helping youth get more sleep became an area of research interest. Pamela is now working with SIRCLE lab to inform and strengthen school-based sleep education through extensive stakeholder consultation. Pamela currently holds a WCHRI Patient and Community Engagement Training (PaCET) award funded by the generous support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation through the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute.

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Keatton Tiernan, BSc (Hons.), MSc candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Keatton is an Indigenous Master of Science Health Promotion student at the University of Alberta. He graduated from the University of Victoria in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Kinesiology. His honours thesis focused on the use of digital platforms in delivering the community-based health education program, “Generation Health,” to families with young children. Additionally, while attending undergrad, he worked in Residence Life and Education, where he was responsible for community development and safety, the health and wellness education portfolio, and the leadership development of a team of Residence Advisors. In the SIRCLE lab, Keatton seeks to combine his passions for community health education, leadership, and research in his work with the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program (IYMP). He hopes his research will help promote the health of Indigenous youth and their communities.

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Shivani Solanki, BSc, MSc candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Shivani is a first-year Master of Science Health Promotion student at the University of Alberta. She graduated from MacEwan University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences. Her previous research has involved student mental health, environmental sustainability practices in the social work field, and oil sands ecotoxicology. She is currently engaged in projects dealing with Active School Travel and 8 80 Cities. Her thesis will focus on tobacco use and mental health outcomes in vulnerable Canadian youth.

SIRCLE Volunteers

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Arjun Khabra
Volunteer
Arjun is a fourth year Biological Sciences student in the Faculty of Science and a 2nd year scholar with the Peter Lougheed Leadership College completing his BSc and a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies. Arjun previously held a Health and Wellness internship with Engage North in 2019 where he worked with the Dene Tha’ First Nation health team in Chateh, AB. In this role he helped facilitate health related programming and coached the boys’ basketball team to participate in the Alberta Indigenous Games. This sparked Arjun’s interest in rural health, science communication and community engagement.

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Dev Dutta, BSc
Volunteer
Dev is a Biological Sciences and Psychology graduate of the University of Alberta (YEAR). Since 2013 he has been leading a non-profit youth organization, Arts for YoungSTARS (AFYS), which has been inspiring youth to tackle social issues using art. Working with children and youth through the AFYS mentorship programs ignited Dev’s passion for community health. By gaining public health research experience with SIRCLE Lab, he hopes to further develop his expertise in community-based research for children and youth.

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Jenna Bracken, BHK, MPH Candidate
Volunteer
Jenna is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Alberta. She completed a Bachelor of Human Kinetics, specializing in health promotion at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan in 2018. Her previous work experience is in community-based health promotion, including chronic disease prevention and cardiac rehabilitation. In conjunction with her studies, Jenna volunteers in the SIRCLE Lab working on a variety of projects related to community-based health promotion.

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Ali Ahmed, BSc
Volunteer
Ali graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Physical Sciences. He has worked as a Youth Projects Coordinator for the Centre-Nord School Board and as a leadership instructor for Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta. His public health interests include social determinants of health and global health.

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Safiya Subhan
Volunteer
Safiya is a High School student with expected graduation in 2020. She completed the Leadership Training offered by the City Of Edmonton in 2015. She has several years of leadership experience, including volunteering and leading recreational activities at the YMCA and the summer camps offered by City of Edmonton, mentoring elementary school students, and engaging and participating in the “Helping Hampers” program.

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Gbemiro Adegbuyi
Volunteer
Gbemiro is an undergraduate Dietetics student at the University of Alberta. His public health interests include community nutrition, children’s health, public policy, health education, and food security. He promotes these interests with organizations including Rotary International, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton, Alberta Food Matters, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Gbemiro’s volunteer work with the SIRCLE lab has primarily focused on the Beyond the Binder – Case Studies research project. In the future, Gbemiro aspires to work as a dietitian in community and clinical settings to help people develop and maintain nutritional practices to live healthy and happy lives.

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Laura Vandervet
Volunteer
Laura is a Registered Dietitian. She graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition in 2009 and a Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition in 2011. She has previously worked as a Health Promotion Manager for the Canadian Armed Forces, as a Diabetes Wellness Dietitian in the Northwest Territories, as a Community Dietitian in Québec City, and as a Child and Youth Dietitian for the Six Nations of the Grand River. Laura is passionate about reducing health inequities and supporting the well-being of children, youth, families and communities.

Past SIRCLE Trainees

Dr. Fatheema Subhan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2021)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Catalyzing and sustaining the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program in Alberta

Melissa Bird
MSc (2020)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Child and Parent Perceptions of Sleep Behaviours: Shaping Policy and Practice Development of School-based Sleep Promotion in Canada

Dr. Nicole Ofosu
PhD (2019)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Sustainability of the health benefits of the APPLE Schools comprehensive school health program.

Dr. Kacey Neely
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016-2018)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Exploration of the optimal implementation of school health programs and policies.

Pierrette Elias
MSc (2018)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Care providers’ perceptions in promoting healthy eating and physical activity in the after-school setting.

Christine McKernan
MSc (2016)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

How do health behaviours acquired at school translate into the home? The exploration of a photovoice project among students in APPLE Schools.

Erica Roberts
MSc (2015)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

The role of the APPLE school principal in knowledge exchange and in implementing comprehensive school health to create a healthy school culture.

Dr. Yen Li Chu
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012-2014)
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Nutritional behaviours and health of Alberta youth.