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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Jennifer Stinson, PhD, RN-EC, CPNP

The Hospital for Sick Children
Nurse Practitioner, Chronic Pain Program
Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Research Institute
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Nursing, Paediatrics, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 304514
Fax: 416-813-8501
Email: jennifer.stinson@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Jennifer Stinson is a Nurse Clinician-Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences and an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Chronic Pain Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario, Master’s of Science from the University of Toronto, a Post-Master’s Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the State University at SUNY Buffalo, and a PhD in Nursing from University of Toronto in 2006.

Her major clinical research interests are in the area of pain and symptom management and the use of e-health (internet) and m-health (mobile phones) technologies to improve the assessment and management of pain and other symptoms in children with chronic illnesses. Dr. Stinson developed and tested a multidimensional electronic pain diary for children with chronic pain for her PhD dissertation. During her post-doctoral work funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, she developed an Internet based chronic disease self-management  prototype and evaluated it in adolescents with chronic arthritis. She is also interested in developing and evaluating novel interprofessional paediatric pain curricula for health care professionals.  She recently received Career Scientist Awards from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Canadian Arthritis Network for her research on using e-health and m-health to promote chronic disease self-management in youth with painful chronic and life-threatening health conditions. Stinson is also actively involved in the Canadian Pain Society serving as secretary, newsletter editor and most recently as co-chair of the scientific program committee.

Clinical Activities

Nurse Practitioner in the outpatient Chronic Pain Program.

Research Interests

  • Promoting shared-management (children [8-11 years] and their parents jointly manage the disease) and self-management (youth 12-18 years) in paediatric chronic and life threatening health conditions
  •  Electronic diaries to monitor and support clinical decision making regarding pain and other symptoms
  • Internet-based disease management and transitional care programs to improve child health outcomes
  • Knowledge translation
  • Inter-professional pain education
  • Mixed methods research

External Funding

  • Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Network Centres of Excellence - Canadian Arthritis Network
  • Canadian Haemophilia Society
  • SickKids Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • C17 Children's Cancer & Blood Disorders
  • The Arthritis Society
  • Canadian Pain Society


  • 2011 – 2012 The MayDay Fund, Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship, Media and Communications Training
  • 2011 - 2014 - Early Researcher Award (ERA), Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • 2011 – 2014 Canadian Arthritis Network & The Arthritis Society, Network Scholar Award
  • 2009 – 2011 Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, Career Scientist Award
  • 2010 Nursing Excellence in Pain Management, Canadian Pain Society Award, $1,000
  • 2008 John T Goodman Award Best Research Publication in Pediatric Pain
  • 2007 – 2009 Career Enhancement Award, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program
  • 2007 Sigma Theta Tau’s Award of Merit for Outstanding Nursing PhD
  • 2007 – 2009 CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship Award
  • 2003 - 2005 CNF/HSCF/CIHR PhD Fellowship


Lalloo, C, Stinson, J, Brown, SC, Campbell, F, Isaac, L, Henry, JL. (2013). The Pain-QUILT: Assessing clinical feasibility of a web-based tool for the visual self-report of pain in a multidisciplinary pediatric chronic pain clinic. Clinical Journal of Pain, 2013 Nov 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Breakey, V, Stinson, J, Warias, A, Ignas, D, White, M, Blanchette, V. (2013). The value of usability testing for Internet-based adolescent self-management interventions: “Managing Hemophilia Online”. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2013 Oct 4;13:113. doi: 10.1186/1472-6947-13-113.

Page, G, Stinson, J, Campbell, Isaac, L. (2013). Parental Risk Factors for the Development of Pediatric Acute and Chronic Post-Surgical Pain: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Pain Research. Sep 30;6:727-41. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S51055

Stinson, J, Ahola Kohut, S, Spiegel, L, White, M, Gill, N, Colbourne, G, Sigurdson, S, Watanabe Duffy, K, Tucker, L, Stringer, E, Hazel, B, Hochman, J, Reiss, J, Kaufman, M, & Veilleux, M. (2013). A systematic review of transition readiness and satisfaction measures for adolescents with chronic illness. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 2013 Jul 6:1-16. [Epub ahead of print]

Huguet, A, Stinson, J, McGrath, P, Tougas, M, Doucette, S. (2013). Efficacy of psychological treatment for headaches: An overview of systematic reviews and analysis of potential modifiers of treatment efficacy. Clinical Journal of Pain, 2013 July 2. [Epub ahead of print].

Stinson, J, Huguet, A, McGrath, P, Rosenbloom, B, Soobiah, C, White, M, Coburn, G. (2013). A Qualitative review of the psychometric properties and feasibility of electronic headache diaries for children and adults: Where we are and where we need to go. Pain Research & Management, 18(3):142-152.

Stinson, J, Isaac, L, Campbell, F, Brown, S, Ruskin, D, Gordon, A, Galonski, M, et al. (2013). Understanding the information and Service needs of young adults with chronic pain: Perspectives of young adults and their providers. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(7):600-12

Stinson, J, Jibb, L, Nguyen, C, Nathan, P, Maloney, AM, Dupuis, L, Gerstle T, Alman, B, Hopyan, S, Strahlendorf, C, Portwine, C, Johnston, D. (2013). Development and Testing of a Multidimensional iPhone Pain Assessment Application for Adolescents with Cancer.  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 8;15(3):e51

Stinson, J, Luca, N, Jibb, L. (2012). Assessment and Management of Pain in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Pain Research and Management, 17(6):391-396

Stinson, J, Feldman, BM, Duffy, C, Huber, A, Tucker, L, McGrath, PJ, Tse, S, Hetherington, R, Spiegel, L, Campillo, S, Benseler, S, Gill, NK, White, ME, Vijenthira, A. (2012). Jointly managing arthritis: Information needs of children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and their parents. Journal of Child Health Care, 16(2):124-40.

Stinson J, White ME, Breakey V, Chong AL, Mak I, Koekebakker Low K, Koekebakker Low A. (2011).  Perspectives on Quality and Content of Information on the Internet for Adolescents with Cancer. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 57(1), 97-104.

Stinson, J, Stevens B, Feldman, B, Streiner, D, McGrath, P, Dupuis, A, Petroz, G, Gill, N. (2011).  Using an Electronic Pain Diary to Better Understand Pain in Children and Adolescents with Arthritis. Pain Management, 1(2), 127 – 137.

Stinson, J, McGrath, P, Hodnett, E, Feldman, BM, Duffy, CM, Huber, A, Tucker, L, Hetherington, R, Tse, SML, Spiegel, LR, Campillo, S, Gill, N, White, M. (2010). An Internet-based Self-management Program with Telephone Support for Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.  The Journal of Rheumatology, 37(9), 1944-52.

Stinson, J, McGrath, P, Hodnett, E, Feldman, BM, Duffy, CM, Huber, A, Tucker, L, Hetherington, R, Tse, SML, Spiegel, LR, Campillo, S, Gill, N, White, M. (2010). Usability Testing of an Online Self-management Program for Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 12(3):e30.

Huget A, Stinson, J, McGrath PJ. (2010). Measurement of self-reported pain intensity in children and adolescents. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 68, 329-336.

Stinson, J, Tucker, L, Huber, A, Harris, H, Lin, C, Cohen, L, Gill, N, Lukas-Bretzler, J, Proulx, L, Prowten, D. (2009).  Surfing for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Perspectives on Quality and Content of Information on the Internet. The Journal of Rheumatology, 36(7), 1755-1762.  

Stinson, J, Wilson, R, Gill, N, Yamada, J, Holt, J. (2009). A Systematic Review of Internet-based Self Management Interventions for Youth with Health Conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34(5), 495-510.

Stinson, J, Stevens, BJ, Feldman, B, McGrath, PJ, Streiner, D, Petroz, G, Dupuis, A, Gill, N. (2008). Construct validity of a multidimensional electronic pain diary for adolescents with arthritis. Pain, 136,281-292.

Stinson, J, Toomey, P, Stevens, B, Kagan, S, Duffy, C, Huber A, Malleson, P, McGrath, P, Yeung, R, Feldman, B. (2008). Asking the Experts: Exploring the self-management needs of adolescents with arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 59(1), 65-72.

Stinson, J, Yamada, J, Kavanagh, T, Gill, N, Stevens, B. (2006).  Systematic review of the psychometric properties and feasibility of self-report pain measures for use in clinical trials in children and adolescents. Pain, 125(1-2), 143-157.