issues and experts

Updated: SFU experts available to discuss COVID-19

July 10, 2020

Shradhha Sharma; University Communications and Marketing, 604.202.2504,
Melissa Shaw; University Communications and Marketing, 236.880.3297,

* Indicates additions to the list

Simon Fraser University faculty experts continue to be available to comment on the impact of COVID-19. The latest additions to our experts’ list include faculty in health science, business and economics, criminology, environment, psychology, media and politics.



Fiona Brinkman, molecular biology and biochemistry,

  • Self-isolation and preventing the spread of COVID-19

Lieke Ten Brummelhuis, Beedie School of Business,

  • Managing stress and stay focused while working remotely

Caroline Colijn, Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health, (has limited availability)

  • COVID-19 infection, mathematical model

  • Role of data modeling in predicting disease spread
  • Effectiveness of physical distancing

Scott Lear, Pfizer/Heart & Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research, health sciences, 604.454.8542,

  • Maintaining personal and physical health while working from home

Anne-Kristina Arnold, biomedical physiology and kinesiology,

  • Ergonomics and working from home
  • Assessing the effectiveness of work stations
  • How to make work station improvements for the longer term

Priyanka Mishra, Pio Lab, molecular biology and biochemistry, 210.454.1341,

  • Boosting immune systems


Terri Griffith, Keith Beedie Chair in Innovation & Entrepreneurship,

  • Online learning
  • Remote work and the government's plan to mobilize industry to fight COVID-19
  • Strategies for returning to offices

Sarah Lubik, director, entrepreneurship/innovation, Beedie School of Business,

  • Challenging companies to develop technology, products and solutions for COVID-19

Andrey Pavlov, Beedie School of Business, 604.763.3696,

  • Financial impacts
  • Stock markets and long-term economic prospects

Jeremy Stone, director of SFU’s community economic development program,

  • Economic recovery after disasters

  • Economic resilience planning
  • Economic development for community well-being

Kendra Strauss, labour studies,

  • Labour markets
  • Wages, labour and regulation

Anastasia Ufimtseva, Beedie School of Business, (fluent in Czech and Russian)

  • Global governance
  • Political economy of natural resources

  • Impact of sliding oil prices on the global and Canadian oil and gas sector


Sarah Anne Ganter, communication,

  • Media governance and policy
  • Impact on content industries, media job and revenue losses

Peter Chow-White, communication, 604.603.3794,

  • Social media use during a crisis

Ahmed-Al Rawi, communication,

  • Social media, news, global communication, disinformation


Rylan Simpson, criminology,

  • Policing, police appearance and police effectiveness during COVID-19
  • How police balance virus exposure risk with providing services
  • Implications of police enforcement of governmental health orders


Irene Pang, international studies, (fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin)

  • State and societal responses to COVID-19 in China and Hong Kong


Charlotte Waddell, health sciences, director of SFU’s Children’s Health Policy Centre,

Grace Iarocci, psychology,

  • COVID-19’s impact on autism community
  • How autism community can cope with anxiety post COVID-19

Lara Aknin, psychology,

  • Prosocial behaviour, well-being, happiness and social relationships

Tanya Broesch, psychology, 604.369.0128,

  • How parents can talk to their kids about COVID-19
  • Social learning
  • Child development and culture

Andrew Feenberg, communication,

  • Online communities and education

Yuthika Girme, psychology,

  • Social support, social distancing, and relationships

Carman Neustaedter, School of Interactive Arts & Technology, 604.754.1191,

  • Social distancing and staying connected


Andy Yan, The City Program,

  • Housing, rental market, government assistance announced for renters, urban planning and COVID-19's impact on cities


Gloria Gutman, gerontology,

  • Senior's housing, long-term care, health promotion
  • Age friendly hospitals and communities
  • Seniors and emergency preparedness

 Dan Levitt, gerontology,

  •  Seniors care, assisted living, and long-term care
  •  Leadership and ageism

Andrew Sixsmith, gerontology,

  • Social isolation, technologies to connect people, technology policy and the digital divide

Andrew Wister, gerontology,

  • Seniors vulnerability to viral diseases, such as COVID-19

Habib Chaudhury, gerontology,

  • Built environment and ageing, seniors housing
  • Long-term care, age-friendly community, dementia friendly community

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