Shadi Salehian has worked as a researcher. She has an undergraduate degree in microbiology and another in Education. She is completing a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University with focus on substance abuse and mental illness. She researches and collaborates with the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights in Albany New York with the Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei, both of whom were imprisoned in Iran for their work on HIV/AIDS.