“With what we have learned from research on pain assessment and management, it is no longer tolerable to let children and infants suffer from needless pain and its consequences.”
Dr. Bonnie Stevens is a Professor Emeritus at the Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry. She is also the Associate Chief of Nursing Research and a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Stevens is the Chair of the Certification Committee for ChildKind International and a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the American Academy of Nursing. She was the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain from 2010 – 2019 and the Co-Director of the Centre for Pain Management at SickKids from 2008 – 2019. At U of T Nursing, Dr. Stevens will teach the doctoral course, Implementation Science in Health and Education, in the new Doctor of Nursing (DN) Program. Dr. Stevens held the inaugural Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, the first paediatric nursing research chair based in Canada until 2015. She was also the first nurse to be awarded the CIHR KT Prize in 2014.
Dr. Stevens focuses her research on the assessment and management of pain in hospitalized preterm newborn infants, and the effectiveness of knowledge translation (KT) strategies for changing clinical outcomes. She is the Principal Investigator of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant (2016-2023) that focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of a web-based 7 step resource for changing health care professional pain practices. The Foundation grant is a hybrid implementation design that involves conducting a large national trial and qualitative focus groups to determine the effectiveness of this e-health resource in improving child outcomes.
- Academic Credentials
- 1993 – PhD, McGill University, Montreal 1983 – MScN, University of Toronto 1974 – BScN, McMaster University, Hamilton
- Dr. Stevens's PubMed link is available here.