Research Centre Staff

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). (Read more...)

Theodore D. Cosco

Associate Director

Theodore D. Cosco, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Mental Health & Aging at the Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University and Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford. (Read more...)

John R. Best

University Research Associate

John R. Best 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...)

Lillian Hung

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Lillian Hung's research mainly focuses on examining how technology and environment impact the care experiences of persons with dementia. Her postdoctoral research is funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada.  (Read more...)

Lun Li 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Lun Li holds a Ph.D. degree in social work from Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. He earned his Master degree in sociology and Bachelor degree in social work from Fudan University, China.  (Read more...)

Gloria Gutman

Founder/Research Associate

Gloria Gutman, PhD, 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...)

Heather Stewart 

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

Heather Stewart, PhD 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...)


Nicole Pernat

Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) Site Manager, CLSA

Nicole Pernat, MA, is the manager of the SFU Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) site for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a grand-scale, national study on health and aging.  The BC region of the CLSA is led by Dr. Andrew Wister of SFU Gerontology, Director of the Gerontology Research Centre.  At the CATI site, Nicole works with a tight-knit team that conducts 1.5-hour telephone interviews with older Canadians. (Read More...)


Anne Marie Barrett


Anne Marie Barrett has been the Manager of the Department of Gerontology and Gerontology Research Centre since 2002. She provides administrative support of research grants and operating budgets, and academic advising to students.



Kevin Wagner

Communications Officer 

Kevin is a communications professional with a wealth of experience working for numerous clients in the not-for-profit and municipal government sectors. Following the completion of his work as the social media manager for the City of Vancouver's Canada 150+ program, he returned to his alma mater to lead communications for both the Department of Gerontology and the Gerontology Research Centre.