Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Pediatrics
General Pediatrics

MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine



As a pediatrician and child health services researcher, I have conducted social epidemiology and intervention research for over 10 years, spanning my tenure as an Academic General Pediatrics fellow through my current role as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Division Chief of General Pediatrics. To date, I have published 59 scientific and/or invited articles, 10 letters and editorials, and 10 book chapters which predominantly focus on family violence and child health. I have received three R01-level awards as PI (and 3 as Co-I) from the National Institute of Justice and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (note: federal funding for violence research tends to come from non-NIH institutes) as well as multiple large foundation grants.
My scholarly work has moved forward our understanding of how IPV affects children, influenced how IPV screening and related interventions are implemented in the pediatric setting and shaped conceptualizations of relationships with TDV. My publications have been cited in critical policy pieces and clinical guidelines including the Institute of Medicine’s consensus report Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Prevention and Clinical Intervention for Female Survivors of IPV, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPs) guidelines on IPV screening in the pediatric setting.

I serve as Director for the BMC Pediatrics Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family whose vision is to improve child health for all of Boston’s children. Strategically, through the Center, I am in charge of providing leadership for cross-Department programs , building community connections, strategic planning and fund raising. We will disseminate our care model nationally.

I also serve as Program Director for the CTSI's Career Development Award Grant Writing Course. I am committed to mentoring junior faculty and fellows, supporting them in their trajectory towards research independence.

2008 Johns Hopkins: Resident-Fellow Teaching Award
1999 UNC-Chapel Hill: AOA



Integrating Behavioral Health into the Pediatric Medical Home for Low-Income Children:Evaluation…
12/01/2015 - 11/30/2019 (PI)
Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Integrating Behavioral Health into Pediatric Medical Homes for low income Children: Evaluation of…
12/15/2015 - 12/14/2018 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Purposeful Parenting: Enhanced Anticipatory Guidance for the First Year of Life
04/01/2015 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
HRSA

Evaluation of a Service Provision for Victims of Sex Trafficking
01/01/2015 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University DOJ

The Dynamic Context of Teen Dating Violence Within Adolescent Relationships
01/01/2014 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
DOJ-National Institute of Justice

Addressing the Needs of Children Exposed to Violence by Integrating Practice, Policy and Research
04/01/2014 - 03/31/2017 (PI)
William T Grant Fdtn

Brief Intervention to Prevent Adolescent Dating Aggression Perpetration
02/19/2014 - 12/31/2016 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University DOJ

Promoting Language Development in Young Children in Baltimore City using LENA
12/15/2013 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University The Aaron Straus & L

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Health
07/02/2013 - 02/28/2014 (PI)
NIH-NICHD


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Ragavan MI, Fikre T, Millner U, Bair-Merritt M. The impact of domestic violence exposure on South Asian children in the United States: Perspectives of domestic violence agency staff. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Nov 18; 76:250-260. PMID: 29161645.
  2. Ragavan M, Li W, Elwy AR, Cowden J, Bair-Merritt M. Chinese, Vietnamese and Asian Indian Parents'' Perspectives About Well-Child Visits: a Qualitative Analysis. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Nov 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29157598.
  3. Peacock-Chambers E, Ivy K, Bair-Merritt M. Primary Care Interventions for Early Childhood Development: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2017 Dec; 140(6).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29138363.
  4. Walls M, Allen C, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Bair-Merritt M. Receipt of Medication and Behavioral Therapy among a National Sample of School-Aged Children Diagnosed with ADHD. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Oct 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29061327.
  5. Díez C, Kurland RP, Rothman EF, Bair-Merritt M, Fleegler E, Xuan Z, Galea S, Ross CS, Kalesan B, Goss KA, Siegel M. State Intimate Partner Violence-Related Firearm Laws and Intimate Partner Homicide Rates in the United States, 1991 to 2015. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Oct 17; 167(8):536-543.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28975202; DOI: 10.7326/M16-2849;.
  6. Schiff DM, Drainoni ML, Weinstein ZM, Chan L, Bair-Merritt M, Rosenbloom D. A police-led addiction treatment referral program in Gloucester, MA: Implementation and participants'' experiences. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 Nov; 82:41-47.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29021114.
  7. Vu C, Rothman E, Kistin CJ, Barton K, Bulman B, Budzak-Garza A, Olson-Dorff D, Bair-Merritt MH. Adapting the Patient-Centered Medical Home to Address Psychosocial Adversity: Results of a Qualitative Study. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct; 17(7S):S115-S122.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28865642.
  8. Schiff DM, Zuckerman B, Wachman EM, Bair-Merritt M. Trainees'' knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards caring for the substance-exposed mother-infant dyad. Subst Abus. 2017 Oct-Dec; 38(4):414-421.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28715290.
  9. Berman RS, Smock L, Bair-Merritt MH, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Giving It Our Best Shot? Human Papillomavirus and Hepatitis B Virus Immunization Among Refugees, Massachusetts, 2011-2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Jun 22; 14:E50.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28641071.
  10. Lemkin A, Kistin CJ, Cabral HJ, Aschengrau A, Bair-Merritt M. School connectedness and high school graduation among maltreated youth. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 May 05.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28483290.
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Intimate Partner Violence
child maltreatment
mentoring
health disparities

I currently serve as the Associate Division Chief of Academic General Pediatrics and the Fellowship Director for the Academic General Pediatrics fellowship. My research focuses in understanding the impact of psychosocial adversity on health as well as innovative interventions for trauma delivered in the primary care setting. In my administrative and research roles, I have mentored >20 junior faculty, fellows, residents and medical students. I greatly enjoy mentoring and helping mentees establish and achieve goals both professionally and personally.

I also direct the CTSI Career Development Course, designed to provide intensive grant writing support and mentorship for junior faculty committed to submitting K awards.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Career Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')


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