Shirley Girouard, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is a co-director of the Brooklyn Initiative to Develop Geriatrics Education, Professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Community Partnerships at the College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate. She holds a PhD in health & social policy from the Heller School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, a master of science in nursing from Yale University, New Haven, CT, a master of arts in medical sociology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, a bachelor of arts with a major in sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT and a diploma in nursing from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing, Hartford, CT.  Dr. Girouard's professional career has included clinical practice in a variety of settings including as an advanced practice nurse. She has held positions in philanthropy, public service (elected & appointed), management and administration in professional organizations, healthcare and education, and serving on national, state and local committees. Her research has focused on the nursing workforce, evaluation, public policy and nursing education through publications, grantsmanship, service on several editorial boards and professional speaking. Dr. Girouard is committed to social justice and equity issues in health and healthcare.