Professor of Gerontology | Director of the Gerontology Research Centre

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Andrew V. Wister

Andrew Wister, PhD, is the Director of the Gerontology Research Centre, and holds a University Professor in the Department of Gerontology. He is an internationally recognized expert on aging research, issues, policies, and training. Dr. Wister is currently Chair of the National Seniors Council of Canada. He was awarded a prestigious SFU University Professorship award (2015–2020); and is a recent GSA Fellow. Dr. Wister was the primary architect of the MA and PhD Programs in Gerontology at SFU, and has served on the committees of over 70 successful graduate students. His extensive research career has produced over 150 publications, including over 75 highly cited peer-reviewed articles, in addition to 12 books, text-books, and monographs, and numerous chapters, reports, conference presentations. His most recent authored books include Baby Boomer Health Dynamics: How Are We Aging? (2005) published by University of Toronto Press, and Aging as a Social Process: Canadian Perspectives, 7th Edition (2019) published by Oxford University Press (A. Wister & B. McPherson). Dr. Wister has extensive experience in the collection and analyses of health and social data addressing baby boomer health dynamics; environmental adaptation among older adults; patterns of family and social support; aging, health promotion and population health; statistical methods; and life-course trends and transitions.

Dr. Wister is currently the lead on the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA) SFU Data Collection Site at Surrey Campus and the CLSA SFU Computer Assisted Telephone Interview site at Vancouver Campus. He is also collaborating on the 5 year SFU Community Trust Fund Endowment (CTEF) LivWell grant entitled “Using a Systems Analytic Approach to Living with Chronic Diseases.”


  • PhD (Sociology/Demography) University of Western Ontario
  • MA (Sociology) University of Western Ontario
  • BA, Hons. (Sociology) University of Western Ontario

Selected Publications


  • Wister, A.V. (2019). Aging as a Social Process: Canada and Beyond, 7th Edition. Don Mills ON: Oxford University Press (500 pp).

Journal Articles

  • Wister, A., Cosco, T., Mitchell, B. Menec, V. & Fyffe, I. (in press). Development and Concurrent Validity of a Composite Social Isolation Index for Older Adults Using the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Canadian Journal on Aging.
  • Walker, B., Canham, S., Wister, A., & Fang, M.L. (in press). A GIS analysis of East Asian care gaps in residential and assisted living facilities in Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Housing for the Elderly.
  • Cosco, T., Wister, A., Brayne, C. & Howse, K.  (in press). Psychosocial aspects of successful aging and resilience: Critique, integration, and implications. Estudios Psychologia.
  • Wister, A., Lear, S., Schrumann, N., MacKey, D., Mitchell, B., Cosco, T. & Fyffe, I. (2018). Development and Validation of a Multi-Domain Multimorbidity Resilience Index for an Older Population: Results from the Baseline Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Biomedical Central (BMC) Geriatrics.18(1):1-13. DOI.10.1186/s12877-018-0851-y.
  • Canham, S.L., Davidson, S., Custodio, K., Wister, A., & Bosma, H. (2018). Health supports needed for homeless persons transitioning from hospital to shelter and housing: A scoping review. Journal of Health & Social Care in the Community. 1-15. DOI:10.1111/hsc.12599.
  • Griffith, L., Raina, P., Levasseur, M. Sohel, N., Payette, H., Tuokko, H., van den Huevel, E., Wister, A., Gilsing, A., & Patterson, C. (2017). Functional disability and social participation restriction associated with chronic conditions in middle-aged and older adults. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 71(4):381–389. DOI:10.1136/jech-2016-207982.

Report Chapters

  • Wister, A.V., Menec, V. & Mugford, G. (2018). “Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Social Engagement” (80 pp.). Chapter in Results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada.


Collection and analyses of health and social data addressing baby boomer health dynamics; environmental adaptation among older adults; patterns of family and social support; aging; health promotion and population health; statistical methods; life-course trends and transitions