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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Bonnie Stevens, PhD

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Chief of Nursing, Research

Pain Centre

Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Faculties of Nursing, Dentistry and Medicine

University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain

Phone: 416-813-6595 x306595
Email: bonnie.stevens@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Jennifer Carroll
Alternate Phone: 416-813-8276
Alternate Email: jennifer.carroll@sickkids.ca

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Bonnie Stevens program of research

Research Interests

  • Pain in infants and children
  • Pain measurement
  • Implementation science
  • Knowledge translation
  • Impact of context on outcomes

Research Activities

The scientific basis underlying pain in infants and children has expanded exponentially over the past decade. Stevens and her colleagues are determining optimal approaches for assessing pain in healthy infants and children, as well as in those who are sick and born pre-term. They are also determining the efficacy and safety of interventions to prevent or alleviate acute pain, the impact of consistent pain management and factors that influence health professionals' integration of pain research into clinical practice. Finally, they are examining the effectiveness of an online multidimensional knowledge translation resource on changing pain practices for infants, focusing on implementation and clinical outcomes and the role of organizational context.


J. Yamada, J. Squires, C. Estabrooks, C. Victor, B. Stevens, CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2017). The role of organizational context in moderating the effect of research use on pain outcomes in hospitalized children: a cross-sectional study. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1).

B. Stevens, J. Yamada, S. Promislow, M. Barwick, M. Pinard, on behalf of CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2016). Pain Assessment and Management after a Knowledge Translation Booster Intervention. Pediatrics, 138(4).

B. Stevens, J. Yamada, A. Ohlsson, S. Haliburton, A. Shorkey. (2016). Sucrose for analgesia in newborn infants undergoing painful procedures. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 7, CD001069.

J. Yamada, A. Shorkey, M. Barwick, K. Widger, B. Stevens. (2015). The effectiveness of toolkits as knowledge translation strategies for integrating evidence into clinical care: a systematic review. BMJ Open, 5(4), e006808.

S. Gibbins, B. Stevens, K. Dionne, J. Yamada, R. Pillai Riddell, P. McGrath, E. Asztalos, B. Kyololo, J. Beyene, P. McNamara, C. Johnston. (2015). Perceptions of health professionals on pain in extremely low gestational age infants. Qualitative Health Research, 25(6), 763-774.

R. Pillai Riddell, N. R. Racine, K. Turcotte, L. Uman, R. Horton, S. Ahola Kohut, J. Hillgrove Stuart, B. Stevens, D. A. Lisi. (2015). Non-pharmacological management of infant and young child procedural pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, CD006275.

B. Stevens, J. Yamada, S. Promislow, J. Stinson, D. Harrison, J.C. Victor, CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2014). Implementation of multidimensional knowledge translation strategies to improve procedural pain in hospitalized children. Implementation Science, 9, 120.

B. Stevens, J. Yamada, C.A. Estabrooks, J. Stinson, F. Campbell, S.D. Scott, G. Cummings, CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2014). Pain in hospitalized children: Effect of a multidimensional knowledge translation strategy on pain process and clinical outcomes. Pain. 155(1): 60-68. DOI:10.1016/j.pain.2013.09.007.

B Stevens, S. Gibbins, J. Yamada, K. Dionne, G. Lee, C. Johnston, A. Taddio. (2014). The Premature Infant Pain Profile-Revised (PIPP-R): Initial validation and feasibility. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30(3), 238-243.

P.J. McGrath, B. Stevens, S.E. Walker, W. Zempsky (Eds). (2013). Oxford Textbook Of Pediatric Pain, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom.

B. Stevens, D. Harrison, J. Yamada, J. Rashotte, L.K. Abbott, G. Coburn, J. Stinson, S. LeMay, CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2012). Pain assessment and intensity in hospitalized children in Canada. Journal of Pain, 13(9), 857-65.

D. Harrison, S. Beggs, B. Stevens. (2012). Sucrose for procedural pain management in infants. Pediatrics. 130(5), 918-25. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012.

B. Stevens, S. Riahi, R. Cardoso, M. Ballantyne, J. Yamada, PINI Research Team. (2011). The influence of context on pain practices in the NICU: perceptions of health care professionals. Qualitative Health Research, 21(6), 757-770.

B. Stevens, L. Abbott, J. Yamada, CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2011). Epidemiology and management of painful procedures in hospitalized children in Canada. CMAJ. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.101341.