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. Gloria Gutman


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. Sarah Canham 

Research Associate and BC Real Estate Fellow

With close to 50 presentations and over 25 peer-reviewed articles published to date, Dr. Sarah Canham's interdisciplinary research has revolved around topics of social gerontology and the social context of medication and alcohol use in later life, homelessness and housing, health services, and service delivery. Dr. Canham is a University Research Associate with the Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) and a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. She has a MA degree in Applied Sociology (2008) and a PhD in Gerontology (2011) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. (Read more...)

Dr. Theodore D Cosco 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Theodore D Cosco is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford. He holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship examining resilience and healthy ageing across the life course. Dr. Cosco is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) trained in applied social research methods (MSc 2011, Trinity College Dublin,) and epidemiology (PhD 2015, University of Cambridge). (Read more...)

Dr. Sue Peters

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Peters is a part-time Postdoctoral Fellow with the Gerontology Research Centre and a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Physical Therapy (2007) both from Western University, and a PhD from UBC in Rehabilitation Sciences focusing on neurophysiology. (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 and 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...)