Dr. Jennifer Stinson is the Mary Jo Haddad Nursing Chair in Child Health and an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Chronic Pain Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree in 1988 from the University of Western Ontario, her Master’s of Science degree in 1992 from the University of Toronto, a Post-Master’s Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the State University at SUNY Buffalo in 1998, and then completed her PhD in Nursing from University of Toronto in 2006.
Dr. Stinson’s clinical work focuses on working with children and youth with chronic pain and their families as part of an interdisciplinary pain team in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids. 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. She is also interested in developing and evaluating novel interprofessional paediatric pain curricula for health care professionals.
Dr. Stinson is currently funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, National Institutes of Health, The Arthritis Society, C17 Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), and Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Health Research Foundation. She has published 78 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals such as Pain.
In recognition of her important work in the area of pain, disease self-management and e-health, Dr. Stinson has received a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (2009-2011), Canadian Arthritis Network Investigator Award (2011-2013) and the top new investigator award in Canada - The Peter Lougheed CIHR New Investigator Award (2013-2018). She also received the Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award in May 2012 and the International Association of the Study of Pain Childhood SIG Early Career Award in June 2015.