Habib Chaudhury


T: 778-782-5232

Expertise: Aging and the built environment; long-term care; seniors' housing; neighbourhoods for active aging; environments for people with dementia; age-friendly communities; dementia-friendly communities; qualitative research methods

Theodore D. Cosco

Assistant Professor | Undergraduate Program Chair


Expertise: Healthy aging: functional trajectory modelling, resilience in adversity, positive psychology, social support, social isolation, loneliness, lifestyle behaviors (e.g. physical activity); Mental health: wellbeing, quality of life, depression, anxiety; Life course epidemiology: longitudinal analysis, latent variable modelling, population-level health; Research methods: qualitative and quantitative analysis, statistics, data collection, survey methods; eHealth: health and technology, mobile health, technology-driven data collection methods, the internet of things

Gloria Gutman

Professor Emerita

T: 778-782-5063

Expertise: Senior’s housing; long-term care; health promotion; elder abuse; gerontechnology; LGBT aging; age-friendly hospitals and communities; seniors and emergency preparedness; increasing advance care planning in marginalized groups and ethnic minorities

Atiya Mahmood

Associate Professor | Graduate Program Chair

T: 778-782-7635

Expertise: Environmental gerontology with a focus on: the interconnections of aging; the built environment; health

Barbara A. Mitchell

Professor | Acting Chair

T: 778-782-5234

Expertise: Families and aging; life-course research; intergenerational relations; mixed-methods research (quantitative and qualitative); social policy issues; health promotion

Andrew Sixsmith

Professor | Director of the STAR Institute

T: 604-783-7192

Expertise: Technology for independent living; theories and methods in aging and understanding the innovation process; technologies to connect people; technology policy and the digital divide

Andrew Wister

Professor | Director of the Gerontology Research Centre

T: 778-782-5044

Expertise: 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

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

John Best

Term Lecturer | University Research Associate


Expertise: Behavioral science; cognition; statistics; executive function; rehabilitation medicine; cognitive neuroscience; lifespan development

Sharon Koehn

Senior Lecturer

T: 778-782-9467

Expertise: Ethnocultural minority and immigrant older adults with a focus on: health and healthcare; health promotion; elder abuse; quality of life

Adjunct Professors

Sarah L. Canham / (SFU Profile), Associate Professor, UofU

Glenyth Caragata, Evaluation Specialist

Susan Crawford, Term Lecturer, SFU

Lillian Hung, Assistant Professor, UBC

Laura Kadowaki, Postdoctoral Researcher, SFU

Sharon Koehn, Senior Lecturer, SFU

Delphine Labbé, Assistant Professor, UIC

Daniel Lai, Chair Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, PolyU

Dan Levitt, Executive Director, Tabor Village

Kathy Pichora-Fuller, Professor, UofT

Ben Mortenson, Professor, UBC

Joanie Sims-Gould, Associate Professor, UBC

Jeff Small, Associate Professor, UBC

Brian de Vries, Professor, SFSU

Associate Members

Andrew Blaber, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Angela Brooks-Wilson, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Ryan D’Arcy, Computing Science

Scott Lear, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Wendy Thornton, Psychology

Stephen Robinovitch, Engineering Science

David Whitehurst, Health Sciences

Meghan Winters, Health Sciences


Anne Marie Barrett
Manager, Academic and Administrative Services

Sasha Gill
Graduate Program Assistant

Kevin Wagner
Communications Officer

Lindsay Sands
Communications Coordinator (joint appointment with Public Policy and Urban Studies)