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Bonnie Stevens

Title: Senior Scientist Emeritus, Research Institute
Designations: RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS
Phone: 416-813-6595
Alternate Contact Name: Deana De Rango Aquino
Alternate Phone: 416-813-8276
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U of T Positions: Professor Emeritus, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Research Positions

Senior Scientist Emeritus
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Learning Positions

Academic Practice Lead
SickKids Learning Institute

Chair positions

Chair, Pain Centre Advisory Committee

Chair, Certification Committee
ChildKind International


Dr. Stevens oversees and directs the Nursing Research Portfolio at SickKids. Her research focuses on preventing and treating pain from skin-breaking procedures in hospitalized infants through the implementation of novel e-heath web-based strategies to change health care professional pain assessment and management practices. She supports nursing research through building capacity of nursing research trainees, mentoring staff, providing interprofessional collaboration and completing scientific reviews. Bonnie also works with colleagues in the Learning Institute on developing evaluation and quality improvement strategies for advanced nurses in clinical practice and education.

Dr. Bonnie Stevens also researches 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, seven-step resource for changing health care professional pain practices. She is currently conducting a large national trial to determine the effectiveness of this website resource in improving child outcomes. 

Education and experience

  • 1993: PhD in Nursing, McGill University, Montreal, QC.
  • 1983: Master of Science in Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
  • 1974: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.


  • 2016: Graduate Teaching Award, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • 2000–2015: Inaugural Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2014: Knowledge Translation Prize, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • 2014: Distinguished Career Award, Canadian Pain Society2014: Award of Merit (Research), Canadian Nurses Association


  1. E. Annan, TS. Ramukumba, B. Stevens (2023). Perspectives of nurses regarding pain assessment and management during routine infant vaccination in Ghana. Nursing Open, DOI: 10.1002/nop2.1772.
  2. C.M. Dale, I. Cioffi, C.B. Novak, F. Gorospe, L. Murphy, D. Chugh, J. Watt-Watson, B. Stevens. (2023). Continuing professional development needs in pain management for Canadian health care professionals: A cross sectional survey. Canadian Journal of Pain, 7(1). DOI:10.1080/24740527.2022.2150156.
  3. C.M. Dale, I. Cioffi, L. Murphy, S. Langlois, R. Musa, B. Stevens.(2022) Ten-year mixed method evaluation of pre-licensure health student self-reported learning in an interfaculty pain curriculum. Pain Reports.7(5):e1030. DOI: 10.1097/PR9.00000000000001030.
  4. B. Stevens, M. Bueno, M. Rao, C. Almeida, A. Cote, L. Streitenberger, B. Fleming-Carroll, K. Breen-Reid. (2022). An Exploratory Case Study Investigating the Implementation of a Novel Knowledge Translation Strategy in a Pandemic: The Pandemic Practice Champion. Implementation Science Communications, 3(45). DOI: 10.1186/s43058.022.00294.2.
  5. M. Campbell-Yeo, L. Carrier, B. Benoit, T. Kim, M. Bueno, M. Rao, S. Riahi, B. StevensEvaluation of the Premature Infant Pain Profile-Revised (PIPP-R) e-Learning Module: Immediate and Sustained Competency. (2022). Advances in Neonatal Care, 22(3):246-252. DOI: 10.1097.0000000000000922.
  6. I. Cioffi, C. Dale, L. Murphy, S. Langlois, R. Musa, B. Stevens. (2021). Ten years of Interfaculty Pain Curriculum (IPC) at the University of Toronto: Impact on Student Learning. Pain Reports, 6(4):e974. DOI: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000974.
  7. M. Campbell-Yeo, L. Carrier, B. Benoit, T. Kim, M. Bueno, M. Rao, S. Riahi, B.  Stevens. (2021). Evaluation of the Premature Infant Pain Profile-Revised (PIPP-R) e-Learning module: Immediate and Sustained Competency. Advances in Neonatal Care, Published online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000922.
  8. M. Bueno, B. Stevens, M. Rao, S. Riahi, M. Campbell-Yeo, L. Carrier, B. Benoit. (2021). Implementation and Evaluation of the Premature Infant Pain Profile – Revised (PIPP-R) e-Learning Module for Assessing Pain in Infants. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 37(5):372-378. DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000925. 
  9. M. Bueno, B. StevensMA. Barwick, C. Chambers, M. Campbell-Yeo, C. EstabrooksS. Gibbins, D. Harrison, W. IsaranuwatchaiS. Le May, M. Noel, J. SlottaJ. Stinson, A. SynnesA. Willan, J. Yamada, S. Riahi, N. Gill, S-A. Li. (2020). Usability, acceptability and feasibility of the Implementation of Pain Practice Change (ImPaC) ResourcePaediatric and Neonatal Pain.  
  10. M. Bueno, B. Stevens, MA Barwick, S. Riahi. S-A Li, A. Lanese, A. Willan, A. Synnes, CA. Estabrooks, C. Chambers, D. Harrison, J. Yamada, J. Stinson, M. Campbell-Yeo, M. Noel, S. Gibbins, S. LeMay, W. Isaranuwatchai. (2020). A cluster randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the Implementation of Infant Pain Practice Change (ImPaC) Resource to improve pain practices in hospitalized infants: a study protocol. Trials. 21(1): 16. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-019-3782-9 SA 
  11. S. Raja, D. Carr, M. Cohen, N. Finnerup, H. Flor, S. Gibson, F. Keefe, J. Mogil, M. Ringkamp, K. Sluka, X-J. Song, B. Stevens, M. Sullivan, P. Tutelman, T. Ushida, K. Vader. (2020). The Revised IASP Definition of Pain: Concepts, Challenges, and CompromisesPAIN.
  12. B. Stevens, J. Yamada, M. Campbell-Yeo, et al (2018). The minimally effective dose of sucrose for procedural pain relief in neonates: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 18(1).
  13. S-A. Li, L. Jeffs, M. Barwick, B. Stevens. (2018). Organizational contextual features that influence the implementation of evidence-based practices across healthcare settings: An integrative reviewSystematic Reviews, 7(1): 7 2.

See a full list of Bonnie Stevens’ publications.

Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator

  • 2016–2023: Effective Knowledge Translation Strategies for Enhancing Impact and Improving Outcomes in Infant Pain. CIHR Foundation Grant.
  • 2016–2021: Chronic Pain Network. CIHR, SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease.


  • 2020–2025: Accomodation To include students with disability In Practicum Sites (AcTinSite): A co-design intervention. Government of Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC-CRSH) Insight Grant (PI: I Epstein).
  • 2018–2023: Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP). Networks Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization initiative (NCE-KM) (PI: C Chambers).
  • 2017–2020: Effect of skin-to-skin contact on acute pain response in the preterm brain. Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Establishment Grant (PI: M Campbell-Yeo)
  • 2017–2020: Comparative efficacy of pain relieving interventions to reduce procedural pain in neonates: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. CIHR – New Investigator Funding (PI M Campbell-Yeo).

Relevant pages

Stevens Lab

The Stevens Lab focuses on generating new knowledge on pain assessment and management for hospitalized infants and developing knowledge translation (KT) strategies to improve pain outcomes in health care settings.

Pain Centre

Preventing and minimizing pain for children through integrated clinical care, education and research.

Learning Institute

Every day we work to advance an inclusive learning culture for our staff and families.

Nursing Research

Building capacity in paediatric nursing research worldwide through education, mentorship and collaboration.

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