Brenda Kirkby

Brenda Kirkby, PhD

Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences
Professor of Behavioral Sciences

As an Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences at St. George’s University School of Medicine, Brenda Kirkby, PhD, supports administering the basic sciences program. Her primary responsibilities include managing faculty who oversee the learning community College System and assisting with accreditation documents for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kirkby joined the SOM faculty as a professor of behavioral sciences in 2009. She continues to teach in the basic sciences curriculum to first-year students and is the co-course director of the Introduction to Psychopathology premedical course. She has received multiple Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Awards for her teaching.

She was appointed as an Assistant Dean of Students in 2011 before becoming an Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences in 2015. Dr. Kirkby is also the Deputy Chair of the Department of Physiology, Neuroscience, and Behavioral Sciences.

She contributes to numerous SGU curriculum focus groups including: chair of the Focus Group on Professionalism; chair of the Focus Group on LCME & CAAM Criteria; member of the Focus Group on End-of-Course Reports and Student Surveys; and member of the Focus Group on Societal Problems, Cultural Competencies, Health Care Disparities, and Medical Ethics. Dr. Kirkby is also a member of SGU’s Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Kirkby received her PhD in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and completed a four-year Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship within the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch (Unit on Positron Emission Tomography) at the National Institute of Mental Health.