Area(s) of Expertise
- Residential Energy Management
- Healthy Homes
- Accessible Housing
- Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery
Dr. Kirby is a Professor, FCS Program Leader, Department Extension Leader and Extension Specialist in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences. She is the State Coordinator for the Healthy Homes Partnership which focuses on improving the health and safety of children and their caregivers in homes by reducing housing hazards that cause injury and disease. Dr. Kirby is actively involved in educational programs related to preparation, response and recovery after natural disasters. She is the program coordinator for MyPI North Carolina, a youth preparedness, leadership and educational outreach program. Dr. Kirby is a member of the FYD graduate faculty and currently teaches YFCS 585 Professional Ethics and Family Policy, YFCS 540, Environmental Influences on the Family, and YFCS 500 the Supervised Professional Experience in the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Master’s Degree Program. Twitter: @sarahkirby
Programs and Initiatives
- Disaster Preparedness and Response
- MyPI North Carolina
- Healthy Homes Partnership
- Healthy Homes Middle School Curriculum
- BE Safe: Behavioral and Environmental Safety Program for Early Childhood Educators
- Home Energy Management
- Langham, L., Singh, A., Kirby, S., Parvanta, S., Ziemian, M., & Coleman, D. (2016). Increasing the effectiveness of residential energy efficiency programs. In B.G. Southwell, E.M.B. Dorna, & L.S. Richman, (Eds). / Innovations in home energy use: A sourcebook for behavior change/. (pp. 1-22). RTI Press: RTP, NC.
- Kirby, S.D., Guin, A.H., & Chilcote, A.G. (2015). Creating the next generation of residential energy stewards using the energy transformation curriculum. /Housing and Society, /42(3), pp. 250-258.
- Kirby, S.D. Guin, A.H., & Langham, L. (2015). Energy education incentives: Evaluating the impact of consumer energy kits. /Journal of Extension, /53(1).
- Kirby, S.D., Guin, A.H. & Langham, L. (in press). Energy education incentives: Evaluating the impact of consumer energy kits. Journal of Extension.
- Kirby, S.D., Guin, A.H., Langham, L., & Chilcote, A. (2014). Exploring the impact of the e-conservation residential energy audit program. Housing and Society, 41(1), 71-88.
- Kirby, S.D. & Chilcote, A.G. (2014). Energy transformation: Teaching youth about energy efficiency and conservation while meeting essential standards. Journal of Extension. Journal of Extension, 52(1).
- Chapman, B., Kirby, S.D. & Levine, K. (2014). Lessons learned from distance workforce training applications: Examples from cooperative extension. In S. Hai-Jew (Ed.) Remote workforce training: Effective technologies and strategies. (pp.150-168). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
- Guin, A. & Kirby, S.D. (2013). Residential energy conservation and consumers. Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 18(2).
- Kirby, S.D., Goldschmidt, M. & Pedersen, C. & Langham, L. (2013). eXtension’s home energy community of practice: Providing residential energy education for consumers. Housing and Society, 40(1), 111-122.
- Kirby, S.D. (2012). Shared group housing. In A.T. Carswell (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition. ISBN-10: 1412989574 |ISBN 13: 978-1412989572.
- Kirby, S.D. & Sellers, D. (2012). The livability house: a collaborative adventure in discovery learning. In S. Hai-Jew (Ed.) Constructing Self-Discover Learning Spaces Online: Scaffolding and Decision-Making Technologies. ISBN 978-61350-320-1.
- Sellers, D. M., Crocker, A.B., Kirby, S.D., Britnall-Peterson, M., & Nichols, A. (2009). Creating the eXtension family caregiving community of practice. Journal of Extension, 47(5).
- Kirby, S., Chilcote, A., & Guin, A. (2009). Energy education: Ideas that work. Journal of Extension, 47(5).
- Kirby, S.D. (2005). Extension’s role in mold and moisture education. Journal of Extension.