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The Stevens Group

Dr. Bonnie Stevens, RN, PhD

Research Institute
Associate Chief of Nursing, Research
Research Institute

Senior Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Faculties of Nursing and Medicine


Phone: 416-813-6595
Fax: 416-813-8273
e-mail: b.stevens@utoronto.ca
Alternate Contact: Jennifer Carroll
Alternate Phone: 416-813-8276
Alternate Fax: 416-813-8273
Alternate e-mail: jennifer.carroll@sickkids.ca

Research Interests

  • pain in infants and children
  • quality of life in infants and children with chronic illness
  • research utilization
  • health services research
  • measurement

Research Activities

The scientific basis underlying pain in infants and children has expanded exponentially over the past decade. My colleagues and I are determining the optimal approaches for assessing pain in healthy infants and children, as well as in those with cognitive and neurologic impairments. We 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, we are examining how pain influences the quality of life of children with chronic illness and how alternate models of health care delivery, such as home care, affect child, family, and economic outcomes.


Stevens B, McGrath P, Dupuis A, Gibbins S, Beyene J, Breau L, Camfield C, Allen Finley G, Franck LS, Howlett A, Johnston C, McKeever P, O'Brien K, Ohlsson A, Yamada J. (2008) The relationship between indicators of pain in neonates at risk for neurological impairment and their interpretation by nurse clinicians and pain researchers. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 19040693 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Yamada J, Stevens B, Stinson J, McGrath P, Lamba J, Dickson A, and CIHR Team in Children’s Pain Group. (2008) A Review of systematic reviews on pain interventions in hospitalized infants. Pain Research and Management, 13(5), 413-420.

Epstein I, Stevens B, McKeever P, Jones H, Baruchel S. (2008)Using puppetry to elicit children’s talk for research. Nursing Inquiry, 15(1), 49-56.

Kavanagh T, Stevens B, Sears K, Sidani S, Watt-Watson J. (2008) Examining appreciative inquiry as a knowledge translation intervention in pain management. CJNR, 40, 40-56.

Stinson J, Yamada J, Dickson A, Lamba J, Stevens B. (2008) Review of systmatic reviews on acute procedural pain in children in the hospital setting. Pain Research and Management, 13(1), 51-57.

Pillai-Riddell R, Stevens B, Cohen L, Flora D, Greenberg S. (2007). Predicting maternal and behavioural measures of infant pain: the relative contribution of maternal factors. Pain, (133), 138-149.

Stevens B, McGrath P, Gibbins S, Beyene J, Breau L, Camfield C, Finley A, Franck L, Howlett A, Johnston C, McKeever P, O'Brien K, Ohlsson A, Yamada J. (2007). Determining behavioural and physiological responses to pain in infants at risk for neurological impairment. Pain, 127; 94-102.

Stevens B, Lee S, Law M, Yamada J, Canadian Neonatal Network EPIC Study Group. (2007). A qualitative examination of the barriers and facilitators to practice changes in Canadian neonatal intensive care units. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 13(2), 161-319.

Stevens B, Franck L, Gibbins S, McGrath PJ, Dupuis A, Yamada J, Beyene J, Camfield C, Finley GA, Johnston C, O'Brien K, Ohlsson A. (2007). Determining the structure of acute pain responses in vulnerable neonates. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 39(2), 32-48.