Research Centre Staff

Dr. Andrew Wister 


Andrew Wister, Ph.D., is the Director of the Gerontology Research Centre, and a Professor in the Department of Gerontology, in which he has been a faculty member for over 25 years. He is an internationally recognized expert on aging research, issues, policies, and training. Dr. Wister is the past Chair of the National Seniors Council of Canada. He was awarded a prestigious SFU University Professorship award (2015-2020); and is a GSA Fellow. (Read more...)

Dr. John R. Best

John R. Best, PhD completed his PhD at the University of Georgia, and has since completed postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of British Columbia. Most recently, Dr. Best was a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia in the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (Read more...)

Dr. Gloria Gutman

Founder/Research Associate

Gloria Gutman, Ph.D., developed the Gerontology Research Centre and Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was director of both from 1982-2005. She is currently a Research Associate and Professor Emerita at SFU. Dr. Gutman is author/editor of 23 books, the most recent (with Andrew Sixsmith), Technologies for Active Aging (Springer, 2013). Her research interests are wide-ranging; including seniors’ housing, long term care, health promotion, seniors and emergency preparedness, gerontechnology, prevention of elder abuse and neglect and most recently, increasing advance care planning among marginalized groups. (Read more...)

Dr. Sharon Koehn

Research Associate

Dr. Sharon Koehn is a Limited Term Clinical Research Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University and a Research Associate at the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence Health Care. She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Victoria that combined Medical Anthropology and Gerontology. The primary focus of her work has been on the constructions of health, illness and health care provision and on organizational barriers and solutions to health care access  (Read more...)

Dr. Heather Stewart 

Regional Project Manager, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

Dr. Heather Stewart is jointly appointed as a research associate in the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University, and at the University of BC’s Brain Research Centre. Heather is the regional manager for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), an unprecedented national research study on adult development and aging, and which is being led in BC by Dr. Andrew Wister at SFU, and Dr. Max Cynader at UBC. Heather earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, and a diploma of technology in electroneurophysiology from the BC Institute of Technology. (Read more...)

Ian Fyffe

Research Associate/Data Analyst 

Ian Fyffe is a Research Associate and Data Analyst for the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre.  Ian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and his graduate degree in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University.  Although Ian has worked in aging research at Simon Fraser University since 2009; he has additional experience working in community health and mental health sectors as well. (Read more...)