Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Gerontology!

Population aging is one of the most significant demographic phenomena of the 21st century that will shape healthcare, finance, social services, housing, transportation, as well as experiences of aging at the individual, family and community level. In the coming years, as the number of boomers increases exponentially, issues related to quality of life, formal and informal care and societal adaptations to an aging population will become even more important. As this demographic trend poses certain challenges, it also presents many opportunities for social, technological, health and environmental innovations that can improve and maximize the lives and potential of people as the move along their life course.

Simon Fraser University offers several comprehensive and innovative programs in Gerontology -- the multidisciplinary study of physical, social and psychological aspects of aging and older adults. At the graduate level, we have rigorous substantive and research methods curriculum in the MA and PhD programs. The MA program offers students options of a thesis or capstone project, as well as Internship opportunities, and the PhD affords advanced gerontological training. Our Post Baccalaureate Diploma program provides tailored curriculum for individuals intending to gain coursework-based educational training in gerontology. The Minor in Gerontology option is an opportunity for students to supplement their major area of study in this important and expanding field.

Our faculty members are internationally known researchers in the areas of population aging, health care and health promotion, built environment, dementia care, families and community, technology, and the study of ethno-cultural and vulnerable group topics. The department is supported by the Gerontology Research Centre. Departmental faculty and Gerontology Research Centre’s staff are highly successful in securing substantial external research funding and they regularly publish in top-tier academic journals in gerontology and social sciences. Faculty members are also active in knowledge translation activities and other engagements with various entities in the broader community, such as seniors’ care and service providers, non-profit organizations, regional health authorities, local and federal governments.

I invite you to explore our website for further information on our academic programs, student and alumni profiles, cutting-edge research projects, high-impact publications, and faculty research areas. If you have any question about the academic programs, please email at gero@sfu.ca; also feel free to email any of our faculty members with queries regarding their respective research areas.

Once again, welcome to Gerontology!

Habib Chaudhury, PhD
Chair and Professor
chaudhury@sfu.ca