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Research Team

The St.Amant Research Centre is an interdisciplinary team. Our work is made possible by the participation individuals supported by St.Amant and their families, student and volunteer assistants, research affiliates from across Canada and a Community Advisory Group.

Dr. Toby Martin – Director
Dr. Martin holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. His academic training focused on experimental behaviour analysis, and his research interests today include knowledge translation, computer-aided peer-to-peer learning, and behaviour feedback systems. At St.Amant Research Centre, Toby assists in planning and carrying out research grants, as well as managing communication, human resources, and financial resources. In addition to his work at St.Amant, Dr. Martin is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba.

To contact Dr. Toby Martin email Toby.Martin@umanitoba.ca

Dr. Shahin Shooshtari – Researcher (Community Health Sciences)

Dr. Shahin Shooshtari is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is also a researcher affiliated with St.Amant Research Centre. Over the last decade, she has developed an interdisciplinary program of research on Health and Well-being of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Epidemiology of IDD, health trajectories, utilization of health and social services, aging-related health issues, patterns and causes of mortality have been some areas of research with focus on Manitoba using population-level administrative, or survey data. Evidence-informed planning and evaluation of community transitions for persons with IDD is a recent research study in progress. Dr. Shooshtari’s program of research is applied, using integrated knowledge translation model to inform policy and practice in IDD.  

To contact Dr. Shahin Shooshtari email shahin.shooshtari@umanitoba.ca

Dr. Dickie C.T. Yu – Distinguished Researcher (Faculty of Arts)
Dr. Yu served as Research Director at St.Amant from1997 until 2014. Although retired from his role as Director, Dr. Yu collaborates on several projects with St.Amant Research Centre as a Distinguished Researcher. Dr. Yu holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. and Ph.D. in applied behaviour analysis at University of Manitoba. He has taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and worked as a psychologist and researcher at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto. In addition to his work at St.Amant, Dr. Yu is a Professor at University of Manitoba.

To contact Dr. Dickie C.T. Yu email CT.Yu@umanitoba.ca

Dr. Kerri Walters, CPsych, BCBA-D – Researcher

Dr. Walters is the Director of the St.Amant Autism Programs and Psychology Services. She completed her undergraduate training in psychology, and graduate training in applied behaviour analysis at the University of Manitoba, Department of Psychology. Kerri is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral and a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Association of Manitoba, registered in the area of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Since graduating with her PhD in 2012, Dr. Walters has continued to support a number of undergraduate and graduate student research projects through her role as Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Psychology and the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy. Kerri joined the St.Amant Research Centre as a Researcher in 2020.


Our research is made possible by the participation of many individuals supported by St.Amant and families. Some of our projects include participants from across Canada.


Our core research team is supported by student employees and volunteers, all of whom receive training for future careers in developmental disabilities.

Community Advisory Group

Our Community Advisory Group provides input from diverse perspectives, including families, service providers, managers, administrators, policymakers, academics and researchers.