GRC Steering Committee

Dr. Scott Lear

GRC Steering Committee Chair | Professor of Health Sciences

Dr. Scott Lear is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and the inaugural Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at St. Paul's Hospital. Dr. Lear is also the Director of Community Health Solutions

Dr. Andrew Wister

GRC Director | Professor of Gerontology

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. Habib Chaudhury

Department of Gerontology Chair | Professor of Gerontology

Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Chair and Professor in the Department of Gerontology, has extensive research experience in the field of environmental gerontology. He has conducted research and consulting work in the following areas: physical environment for people with dementia in long-term care facilities, memories of home and personhood in dementia, community planning and urban design for active aging, and design in acute care settings.

Dr. Nancy Olewiler

Professor of Public Policy

Nancy Olewiler was Director of the School of Public Policy since its founding in 2003 until September 2014. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to SFU in 1990, she was an Associate Professor at Queen's University in Ontario. Nancy has held visiting positions at the University of Colorado, University of California, Berkeley, and University of New South Wales. She was Chair of SFU's Econonomics department from 1995 to 2000. 

Dr. Dawn Mackey

Associate Professor of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Dr. Mackey received her BSc Honours and MSc in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and she continued her training in Epidemiology through a post-doctoral fellowship at the San Francisco Coordinating Centre at the University of California, San Francisco. Now as a faculty member, she is committed to providing outstanding mentorship to her trainees. Dr. Mackey’s research incorporates methods and techniques from epidemiology, biostatistics, and knowledge translation. These include clinical trials, feasibility and proof-of-concept studies, longitudinal cohort studies, causal inference, laboratory experiments, qualitative inquiries, knowledge synthesis, meta-analysis, and formative evaluation.

Dr. Stephen Robinovitch

Professor of Engineering Science

Dr. Stephen Robinovitch is a Professor of Engineering Science. His research group uses the tools of biomechanics to develop and evaluate novel techniques for preventing disability and injury.

Dr. Theodore D. Cosco

Assistant Professor of Gerontology

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. 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). For his contributions to pedagogy, he has been elected to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and for contributions to psychology Associate Fellowship of the British Psychological Society. Recently, he received the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association and European Health Psychology Society, the Young Investigator Colloquium Scholarship from the American Psychosomatic Society, as well as becoming the youngest recipient of the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s Recognition Award for Excellence in Longitudinal Research in Honour of Betty Havens.

Dan Levitt

Executive Director of Tabor Village

Dan Levitt is the Executive Director of Tabor Village where he shepherds the enhancement of social, spiritual and care needs for nearly 300 seniors, inspiring a team of over 400 employees and volunteers with a commitment to continuously improving quality of life.