Professor Kirby has a chair in developmental disorders in education at the University of Wales, Newport. She founded and has run the Dyscovery Centre since 1997, an interdisciplinary centre providing assessment and intervention for children and adults with a range of developmental disorders including Dyspraxia (also known as DCD), ADHD, Dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioural issues. Her background as a GP and also working in community paediatrics and psychiatry has provided a good understanding of developmental disorders in both child and adulthood. She leads a research team at the centre and her PhD has focused on the stage of emerging adulthood in Dyspraxia/DCD. Her research in the field has led to over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals. She also has many books published and translated in the field in over 10 languages. Professor Kirby is an advisor to Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland.