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. (2019). Aging as a Social Process: Canada and Beyond, 7th Edition. Don Mills ON: Oxford University Press (500 pp).

Peer reviewed:

Wister, A., Cosco, T., Mitchell, B., & Fyffe, I. (2019). Health behaviors and multimorbidity resilience among older adults using the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. International Psychogeriatrics

Wister, A., Cosco, T., Mitchell, B. Menec, V. & Fyffe, I. (2019). Development and Concurrent Validity of a Composite Social Isolation Index for Older Adults Using the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Canadian Journal on Aging.

Walker, B., Canham, S., Wister, A., & Fang, M.L. (2019). A GIS analysis of East Asian care gaps in residential and assisted living facilities in Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Wister, A., Lear, S., Schrumann, N., MacKey, D., Mitchell, B., Cosco, T. D., & Fyffe, I. (2018). Development and validation of a multi-domain multimorbidity resilience index for an older population: Results from the baseline Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Biomedical Central (BMC) Geriatrics.

Wister, A., 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).

Wister, A., Coatta, K., Schuurman, N., Lear, S., Rosin, M. & MacKey, D. (2016). A Lifecourse model of resilience applied to aging with multimorbidity. International Journal of Aging & Human Development.

Report Chapter:

Wister, A.V., Menec, V. & Mugford, G. (2018). “Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Social Engagement” (80 pp.). Chapter in Results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada.