“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 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. She will be conducting a large international trial to determine the effectiveness of this resource in improving child outcomes.
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.
At U of T Nursing, Dr. Stevens teaches the Theories of Pain Course and the Implementation Science Course. She is also a Professor in the U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry and the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain. At the Hospital for Sick Children, she is the Associate Chief of Nursing Research, CoDirector of the Pain Centre, and a Senior Scientist in the Research Institute.
- 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.