Dr. Andrew Wister, PhD, 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. He is the past chair of the National Seniors Council of Canada.
He was awarded the Distinguished Member Award, Canadian Association on Gerontology in 2014; the prestigious SFU University Professorship award (2015-2020); and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
Wister was the primary architect of the MA and PhD programs in Gerontology at SFU, and has served on the committees of over 75 successful graduate students. His extensive research career has produced over 170 publications, including over 100 highly-cited peer-reviewed articles, in addition to numerous books, text-books, monographs, reports, chapters and conference presentations.
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.
He 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 the 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, and collaborating on several others.