Shahin Shooshtari is an associate professor in Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is also a researcher with St. Amant Research Centre, and an affiliated researcher with the Centre on Aging and Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Dr. Shooshtari’s training is in Public Health Sciences (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and Community Health Sciences (Ph.D.). She currently teaches undergraduate courses including introduction to social epidemiology and families in later years. She also teaches a graduate-level research methods course that introduces graduate students to the processes and methods involved in completing a research project using Statistics Canada’s confidential master data files at the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC). Dr. Shooshtari’s program of research is focused on health and wellbeing of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her program of research is funded by a number of funding agencies including Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Research Manitoba, St. Amant, University of Manitoba, and Public Health Agency of Canada,. Dr. Shooshtari is mentoring a number of graduate and undergraduate students in her interdisciplinary program of research, linking areas of community health, aging and disability. In recognition of her work, Dr. Shooshtari received the Emerging Scholar Award from the International Association for Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) in 2008. More recently (2012) she received the University of Manitoba merit Award for excellence in teaching, service, and research.