Jennifer Stinson

PhD (University of Toronto)

Professional Interests

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.

Impact

The goal of my program of research is to harness the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the health outcomes of Canadian children with chronic and life threatening health conditions. More specifically, my program of research rigorously evaluates the use of ICTs to (a) assess and manage disease-related pain and other symptoms and (b) deliver innovative disease self-management and transitional care programs to these at-risk populations.

Awards

  • Chair in Child Health (2014)
  • The Peter Lougheed CIHR New Investigator Award (2013-2018).
  • Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award (2012).
  • Canadian Arthritis Network Investigator Award (2011-2013).
  • Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (2009-2011).

Grants

Stinson (PI) 2014 – 2017
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Jointly Managing JIA Online: An Internet-based Pyscho-educational Game for Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and their Parents
The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate the usability and feasibility of a bilingual internet-based psycho-educational game for children ages 8-11 years old with JIA.

Stinson (PI) 2014 – 2017
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
iCanCope with Pain: An Integrated Smartphone and Web Self-management Program for Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Pain
The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate the usability and feasibility of “iCanCope with Pain”, the first integrated smartphone and web-based program for adolescents and young adults with chronic pain.

Stinson (PI) 2014 – 2016
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Teens Taking Charge: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Self-management and Transitional Care Program for Youth with Cancer
The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of web-based self-management program for youth with cancer and their parents using a pilot RCT design.

Stinson (PI) 2014 – 2015
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Teens Taking Charge – Managing Cancer Online: A Feasibility Study of Quality and Cost
The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility and cost effectiveness of an online self-management program for teens with cancer.

Stinson (PI) 2014 – 2015
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The PainSquad+ Real-time Pain Management System for Adolescents with Cancer: A Feasibility, Quality and Cost Study.
The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility and cost effectiveness of a smartphone-based pain management and assessment app for adolescents with cancer.

Stinson (PI) 2014 – 2015
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PainSquad+: A Smartphone App to Support Real-time Pain Management for Adolescents with Cancer
The goal of this project is to conduct usability testing of a smartphone-based real-time pain management app (PainSquad+) for adolescents with cancer.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research  2013 – 2014
My Team of Care-AYA with Cancer (myTOC-AYAC): Development and Usability Testing of an Online Communication Tool for Collaborative Care in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer
The goal of this project is to develop and test a secure, managed, patient-centered, online communication tool  for team-based patient care.

Stinson (PI) 2013 – 2014
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Virtual Peer-to-Peer (VP2P) Support Mentoring for Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Feasibility Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
The goal of this project is to determine the feasibility of the “JIA Virtual Peer-to-Peer (VP2P) Support Program: on health outcomes in teens with JIA.

Stinson (PI) 2011 – 2014
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Teens Taking Charge: An Internet-based Self-Management Program for Adolescents with Arthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
The goal of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness on an online self-management program for youth with arthritis.

Stinson (Co-PI) 2011 – 2014
National Institutes of Health RO1,
WebSMART: Efficacy of web-based pain self-management for adolescents with JIA
The goal of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness on an online self-management program for English and Spanish speaking youth with arthritis in the United States.

Publications

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