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Susan Stevens

Susan Stevens

Adjunct Professor

BSW (Dalhousie), MEd (Dalhousie), RSW



Phone: 902-579-7796


Curriculum Vitae - September 2016



I completed my Bachelor of Social Work at Dalhousie University and began my career doing social assistance work. In 1992 I lived for six months in a small village in Ghana, West Africa. As a volunteer with Canada World Youth I taught literacy, numeracy, and health education.  Returning to Canada, I worked first with the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association and then with the Halifax Association for Community Living supporting families with children of all ages with cognitive disabilities. Having caught the adult education bug overseas, I completed a Master of Education with a concentration in adult learning at Dalhousie University.


In 1996 I became a care coordinator in the provincial government home care program. From there I ventured into policy and planning as a senior policy analyst in the Department of Health and from 2004-2015 as the Director of Policy and Planning in the Continuing Care branch with responsibilities for home care, long term care, protection for persons in care, and adult protection.


I joined the Nova Scotia Health Authority in April 2015 in the role of Senior Director of Continuing Care with responsibility for over 400 staff and the delivery of more than $800M annually of home care and long term care services.  Continuing care is my passion and has been the focus of my career for almost 20 years. I am a licensed social worker in Nova Scotia, a motorcycle enthusiast, writer, amateur photographer, and huge fan of the canine companions. You can read about my journey through life on my motorcycle at


I have taught part-time at MSVU since 1999 first in the Graduate Adult Education Program (1999-2002) and since 2004 in the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology. I have taught policy courses on families, aging and long term care, introduction to gerontology, and strategies for planned change. I have also been a member of two masters students thesis committees involving a comparative study of Nova Scotias Caregiver Benefit and an examination of design standards for adult days programs for people with dementia.



Research Interests

I have participated as a subject matter expert and policy decision maker on a number of continuing care research projects over the years.  I also led the analytical efforts of the Continuing Care branch in the Department of Health and Wellness for eleven years. My research interests include:


·         Home care

·         Long term care

·         Family/friend caregiving

·         Continuing care policy

·         Healthy aging

·         Aging population

·         First Nations continuing care


Stevens, S. J. (2015). Dementia care: Priorities in continuing care. Presented at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia Annual Conference.

Stevens, S.J. (2012). Personal Alert Assistance Program: Does it prolong stay at home? Presented at the Canadian Home Care Association Annual Conference.

Stevens, S.J., & Etter, L. (2010). Working together works: Nova Scotia's home care on reserves project. Presented at the Canadian Home Care Association Annual Conference.

Stevens, S.J. (2004). Quality improvement in continuing care. Presented at the Canadian Home Care Association Annual Conference.

Stevens, S.J. (2002). Knowledge management: A critical view. Presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education Atlantic Region Annual Conference on Organizational Learning.

Stevens, S.J. (1999). Social work and new technology. Presented at the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers  Annual  Conference.

 Department of Family Studies and Gerontology

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    Halifax, Nova Scotia 
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