Kirby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University, Stanford, CA as well as a Masters of Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences in Health Promotion from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY.
Kirby’s work experience began in 2006 when she joined the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem, NY as a Patient Navigation Outreach Intern working on a pilot project for outreach to the Harlem community to encourage cancer screening using real time appointment scheduling in the field. While studying at Stanford, she worked for the Health Promotion Services, as the Peer Health Educator (PHE) and created programming to promote well-being and health education. She has also worked for Woman to Woman International in Palo Alto, CA as a Research Assistant, where she created a manual for scriptwriters to incorporate themes of domestic violence prevention and women’s empowerment into the storylines of serial dramas using the Sabido Method.
Kirby has also worked at Harlem Health Promotion Center - Project STAY in New York, as Research Assistant & Health Educator, educating and counseling 14-24 year old urban youth in NYC, as a member of the Project STAY Mobile Health Team. She was also involved in valuating a new digital media project that educates teens about sexual health issues. A year later she became Program Consultant - Grants Officer for Robin Hood in New York where she led a research and evaluation project on obesity as well as mental health programming in New York City and nationally. In this role she analyzed behavioral, environmental, and medical intervention best practices and conducted research with government, practitioners and industry leaders to produce an investment strategy for the Foundation on high yield investment strategy options within the Survival portfolio.
Kirby has been involved with volunteer work as the Academic Chair for Columbia University’s Black and Latino Student Caucus. She was elected by the student body in 2008 to foster a greater interest and participation of MSPH students in events that affect the well-being of global and local minority communities. She also presided over lecture series, alumni panels and all academic-related events.