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The Centre for Elder Research Team

Lia E. Tsotsos, Ph.D.

Director

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 30 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 initially came to the Centre for Elder Research (CER) in 2012 as a Practicum Student in the Sheridan Social Service Work – Gerontology diploma program and has been working at CER ever since. Her interests include, but are not limited to, universal housing design, accessible design and age-friendly communities. As a former Art Director, Kathryn brings to CER her considerable marketing, organizational and design skills, as well as her depth of experience in the field of graphic design.

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

Schlegel Innovation Leader

Kate Dupuis joined the Centre as the Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging in 2017. Kate is a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and a researcher whose work lies at the intersection of arts, health, and aging. In her research, Kate seeks to identify both the potential personal and systemic barriers to participation in the arts, how we can facilitate arts engagement in older adults, and what the terms being creative or artistic mean to us at different stages of our lives. Kate strives to understand how the arts can benefit all domains of health and well-being, including cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being, and how we can encourage and foster creativity and innovation across the lifespan. At Sheridan College, Kate is also a professor in the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies.

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 serves as Sheridan’s Vice Provost of Research. In this role she provides leadership for research, innovation and entrepreneurship across Sheridan’s three campuses, to help cultivate highly-skilled graduates and create economic and social impact. Andrea is committed to fostering an inclusive culture of scholarship, research and creative activities (SRCA) that engages Sheridan’s students, professors, staff, and the communities it serves. Throughout her twenty-year career in higher education, she has been focused on promoting and supporting research and innovation. 

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 was the founder and CEO of THE V GENERATION, a consulting service which assisted individuals as they transited from full time wage work to life's third stage. Much of her career was focused on working with not for profit organizations as the Director of Corporate Sponsorship for Harbourfront Center and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Currently, she is devoting her time to understanding how lifelong learning and, volunteering contributes to better ageing outcomes.

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