Keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for 2019 is Dr. Bonnie Stevens of the Hospital for Sick Children


Keynote speech title: "Innovative individual and organizational implementation strategies for changing healthcare provider pain practices and child health outcomes"


Bonnie Stevens


Bonnie Stevens is a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Toronto. She is also associate chief of nursing research and a senior scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Stevens is the co-director of the Pain Centre at SickKids and the chair of the Certification Committee for ChildKind International. She is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Stevens held a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. She received the Dr. Mary Ellen Jeans Lectureship Award from the Canadian Pain Society, the Canadian Nurses Association Research Award, The Mayday Society and Fellowship Award and the American Pain Society’s Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief. She has over 300 published papers and abstracts, 200 invited lectures and is a co-editor of the “Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain” (Oxford University Press) and “Pain in Neonates and Infants” (Elsevier).

Dr. Stevens’ research includes determining optimal approaches to assessment and management of pain in hospitalized preterm newborn infants, and the effectiveness of knowledge translation (KT) implementation strategies for changing healthcare provider behaviours and 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 multi-faceted resource for changing health care professional pain practices. She is conducting a large national trial to determine the effectiveness of this resource in improving child pain outcomes.

Dr. Stevens held the inaugural Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Pediatric Nursing Research at SickKids, the first pediatric nursing research chair based in Canada until 2015. She was also the first nurse scientist to be awarded the CIHR KT Prize in 2014.

NOTE: Dr. Stevens will also present a public lecture at 6 pm on November 4. Details can be found here.


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