Prospective Students

MA & PhD in Gerontology

Are you passionate about pursuing graduate studies in Gerontology? If so, we would love to have you on our team!

It is projected that by 2050 there will be more people worldwide over 65 years of age than there will be under 15. With this unprecedented number of adults entering later life, population aging is one of the most significant demographic challenges of the 21st century, which will shape significant public policies in healthcare, finance, social services, housing, and transportation.

The MA and PhD programs in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University prepare students for professional or academic roles requiring strong methdological skillsets and content expertise in aging.

Learn more about the MA and PhD in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University here:

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Dr. Theodore Cosco


Education and Training:

Chartered Psychologist: British Psychological Society
Postdoctoral Training: University of Oxford
Doctoral Training: University of Cambridge

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At age 12 I began volunteering at a long-term care facility, beginning what would become a life-long passion for gerontology and the aging process. My research examines a range of factors that promote healthy aging and resilience in older adults, from digital interventions to physical activity.

As Director of the Precision Mental Health Lab, I provide strategic direction and operational oversight for the Lab. I am passionate about mental health: research, technology development, and democratization. Using a transdisciplinary approach I implement both qualitative and quantitative methods, with the aim of developing strategies for how we can be happier and healthier for longer.

As background, I am a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) trained in applied social research methods (MSc, Trinity College Dublin),  epidemiology (PhD, University of Cambridge) and demography (Postdoc, University of Oxford). I have published in excess of 100 papers and currently hold  >$60 million in research funding ($1.2 million as Principal Investigator) in the areas of mental health, digital health, and healthy aging. I have been lucky to have my contributions to pedagogy recognized by the Higher Education Academy's Associate Fellowship and my contributions to aging and psychology recognized through the the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association and European Health Psychology Society and the Canadian Association on Gerontology's New Investigator Award. I am fortunate to have a highly productive and extensive network of colleagues and collaborators whose expertise has been an asset for my personal career trajectory as well as for the growth of the Lab.

If you are interested in conducting your MA or PhD under my supervision, drop me a message in the contact form below and we can start a conversation about what that might look like and how best to move forward. Looking forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes,


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