Louise Stern, Program Chair and Professor

BSW, Ryerson University; MSW and PhD, University of British Columbia

  • Nanaimo Campus, Bldg 180, Room 511
  • Phone: 250-753-3245, local 2790 | Fax: 250-740-6466
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Louise has been practicing geriatric based social work for the past 20 years and has worked in community, hospital, and long-term care settings. She received her BSW (1994) from Ryerson, and an MSW (2001) and PhD  (2012) from UBC. The focus of her practice and research has been on dementia care; inter-professional care as it relates to aging and healthcare; intercultural care and the development of cultural education in health care settings; and exploring the diversity of aging Canadians. She has taught at the University of British Columbia in the School of Social Work and the College of Health Disciplines and Thompson Rivers University, School of Social Work and Human Services.


Carla Tilley, Professor

RN; BScN; CNCC(C); PhD(c)

Carla joined VIU in 2011 and is currently a full-time faculty member. In addition to her current role as a faculty member for the BSN program, Carla has also held the position of Program Chair for the Practical Nursing Program. Carla has held multiple nursing leadership roles, from a clinical nurse educator to a practice consultant. Her areas of expertise and passion are within nursing leadership, education, and program and curriculum design. In addition, Carla draws from her diverse nursing experiences that includes adult critical care, palliative care, medicine/surgical, gerontology, and has practiced in both rural and remote communities as well as tertiary care settings. Carla also holds CNA certification as a critical care nurse. Carla's current research focus is on internationally educated nurses and how they transition into Canadian practice settings.