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Elder Research Team

Lia E. Tsotsos, Ph.D.


Lia Tsotsos was appointed Director of the Centre for Elder Research in January 2018 after nearly 7 years as a member of the Centre team. Lia has contributed significantly to the Centre’s national recognition as a leader in the field by being instrumental in the management and completion of over 25 projects in recent years, including designing new apps, launching innovative online platforms and developing evidence-based services for community and industry use. She also spearheaded the creation of the first 5-year ethics approval package for research with human participants at Sheridan, a first for the Ontario college system. Lia’s research interests include cognitive neuroscience, health promotion, sensory systems and accessible design, and she has a keen interest in scientific literacy and interdisciplinary research. She holds a PhD in neuroscience from McMaster University and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University.

Kathryn Warren-Norton, SSW

Communications and Project Coordinator 

Kathryn graduated from Sheridan College in 1981 with a diploma in Graphic Design. In 2013, she obtained her Social Service Work – Gerontology diploma from Sheridan College. Kathryn initially came to work at the Centre as a SSW - Gerontology practicum student. Working at the Centre for Elder Research has given her the opportunity to be actively involved in research that supports innovative ways to enhance the well-being of older adults.

Kate Dupuis, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Schlegel Innovation Leader

Kate Dupuis joined Sheridan in 2017 as the Schlegel Innovation Leader and a faculty member in the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Baycrest Health Sciences. In her role as Schlegel Innovation Leader, Kate studies how participation in the creative and performing arts can serve to enhance the well-being of older adults. In particular, she is interested in discovering the personal characteristics of individuals who are drawn to participate in the arts, and identifying the physical, psychological, social, and systemic barriers to participation.

Leigh Hayden, Ph.D.

Project Coordinator

Leigh is a medical anthropologist who obtained her doctorate from McMaster University. She is interested in how culture shapes aging and caregiving. She has considerable experience working in academic hospitals (St. Michael’s Hospital, Women’s College Hospital and North York General Hospital), specializing in Knowledge Translation. She brings her methodological expertise, including innovative approaches such as co-design, to the Centre.

The Centre for Elder Research Advisory Board

Andrea England

Andrea England was recently appointed as Sheridan’s Vice Provost, Research. Previously the Dean of Undergraduate Research, Andrea played a significant role in the development of Sheridan’s first plan for scholarship, research and creative activities.

With fifteen years of experience in higher education, Andrea works to promote and support research and innovation across Sheridan’s three campuses, and to foster an inclusive research culture that engages Sheridan’s students, professors, staff, and the communities it serves.

Prior to joining Sheridan College, Andrea was Director, Strategic Research and Partnerships for York University’s Faculty of Health. In that role, she developed and executed the Faculty’s research strategy, and led the delivery of research support services for 175 full-time faculty members and four research centres.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Maureen Garbutt

Maureen is a Professor in the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at Sheridan College, coming from the Broadcast and Advertising business. The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research is pivotal in several of her courses given the importance of the senior market, relative to business today. She feels strongly that there is a need to educate students, not just about what businesses must do to reach this demographic, but also about the needs of this demographic, in order to ensure that they are well-prepared as graduates to serve all Canadians.

Sue Hesjedahl

Sue Hesjedahl has a B.A. in both Psychology and Gerontology from McMaster University in Hamilton. She became the Executive Director of the OACAO in October, 2011, having previously served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee since 1996 (as President from 2001-2002).  She has a long history of working with older adult centres over the last 25 years having worked in Hamilton, Cambridge, Kitchener and Mississauga. During her long tenure as the Executive Director of the Square One Older Adult Centre from 1994 - 2011, she developed and implemented a charity called the Square One Seniors Wellness Services in 2009. In 2010 she received the Person of Distinction Award from the OACAO in recognition of her dedication to services for older adults.

Marianne Klein

Marianne Klein was a Social Service Worker - Gerontology Student at Sheridan College and was the first student to complete her practicum at the Sheridan Center for Elder Research. Marianne is an accreditation surveyor with CARF International and is a full time Executive Director for a long term care community in the GTA.  As the current Board Chair for the Center Marianne continues to be passionate about seniors and opportunities to enhance their lives through the lab to life experience.

Gurpreet S. Malhotra

Gurpreet is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Indus Community Services, which is a leading provider of culturally appropriate community, and health services in the local region. The agency has six locations and a dedicated staff complement of over one hundred with programs that support newcomer settlement, adults with cognitive impairments and families seeking counselling.

Adele Robertson

Adele Robertson is the founder and CEO of THE V GENERATION, a personalized workshop which assists individuals during career transition, with a special focus on pre-retirees.  Adele was the Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Fundraising for Toronto's Harbourfront Centre and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  Much of her career has been focused on working with and volunteering for not for profit organizations.

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