Andrew Wister

Director, GRC // Professor, Gerontology

Telephone: 778-782-5044
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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. 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 numerous books, text-books, monographs, reports, chapters and conference presentations. Baby Boomer Health Dynamics: How Are We Aging? (2005) published by University of Toronto Press, and Aging as a Social Process: Canada and Beyond, 7th Edition (forthcoming) published by Oxford University Press are two noteworthy contributions. Dr. Wister has extensive experience in the collection and analyses of health and social data addressing baby boomer health and health care dynamics; multimorbidity resilience and aging, environmental adaptation among older adults; patterns of family and social support; 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 the PI on a current project titled, "A Multi-Level Analysis of Functional, Social and Psychological Multimorbidity Resilience and Aging” a CIHR CLSA Catalyst Grant. 

Selected Publications

Wister, A.V. et al. (2017). The National Seniors Councils Report: Who’s At Risk and What Can Be Done About It? A Review of Literature on the Social Isolation of Different Groups of Seniors. Ottawa: Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Minister of the State (Seniors).

Wister, A.V., Kendig, H., Mitchell, B.A., Fyffe, I., & Loh, V. (2016). Multimorbidity, health and aging in Canada and Australia: A tale of two countries. Biomedical Central (BMC) Geriatrics. 16 (1). DOI: 10.1186/s12877-016-0341-z.

Wister, A.V., Coatta, K.L., Schuurman, N., Lear, S.A., Rosin, M., & MacKey, D. (2016). A lifecourse model of multimorbidity resilience. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 82(4), 290-313. DOI: 10.1177/0091415016641686

Kirkland, S., Griffith, L., Menec, V., Wister, A., Hélène P., Wolfson, C., & Raina, P. (2015). Mining a unique Canadian resource: The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Canadian Journal on Aging, 34(3), 366-77. doi: 10.1017/S071498081500029X.

Wister, A., & Speechley, M. (2015). Inherent tensions between population aging and health care systems: What might a modern health care system look like in twenty years? Journal of Population Ageing, 8(1&2). doi: 10.1007/s12062-015-9123-1.

Wister, A., Levasseur, M., Griffiths, L., & Fyffe, I. (2015). Multiple morbidity disease burden among older persons: A convergent construct validity study to discriminate between six chronic illness measures, CCHS 2008/09. Biomedical Central Geriatrics, 15(12). doi: 10.1186/s12877-015-0001-8.

Kadowaki, L., Wister, A.,  & Chappell, N. (2015). Home care needs and their influence on life satisfaction, loneliness and perceived life stress. Canadian Journal on Aging, 34(1), 75-89. doi:10.1017/S0714980814000488.

Yon, Y., Wister, A.V, Mitchell, B.A., & Gutman, G. (2014). A national comparison of spousal abuse in mid- and old age. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 26(1) 80-105. [Doi:10.1080/08946566.013.784085]

Theurer, K., & Wister, A.V. (2010). Altruistic behavior and social capital as predictors of well-being among older Canadians. Ageing & Society 30(1), 157-181.

Wister, A.V., Malloy-Weir, L., Rootman, I., & Desjardins, R. (2010). Life-long educational practices and resources in enabling health literacy among older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 22(6), 827-854.

Nasvadi, G.E., & Wister, A.V. (2009). Do restricted driver’s licenses lower crash risk among older drivers? A survival analysis of insurance data from British Columbia. The Gerontologist, 49(4), 474-484.