Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE, Pediatrics, is a leader in the field of intimate partner violence and regarded research mentor in the educational field of Academic General Pediatrics. She has transformed the fellowship program in Academic General Pediatrics from a well-regarded local program to one of the top programs in the nation. Dr. Bair-Merritt has a leadership role in a large, integrated behavioral health project (TEAM UP) and is the Executive Director for the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family at Boston Medical Center. She serves as the PI of the BU CTSI, and as the Chair of Women's Leadership through the BUMG Office of Equity, Vitality and Inclusion. She has been a PI or co-PI on over 15 extramural awards from the Health Research and Services Administration, National Institute of Justice, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, PCORI and National Institutes of Health, as well as a T32 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Bair-Merritt is the author of over 110 peer reviewed publications. Of note, her 2010 first-author publication, ‘Reducing Maternal Intimate partner violence After the Birth of a Child: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Hawaii Healthy Start Home Visitation Program, represents one of the most substantial contributions to the field of intimate partner violence, and is one of only 30 studies to be considered as positive evidence by the United States Preventive Services Task Force in its 2018 recommendation for screening for intimate partner violence. She was an invited member of Governor Baker's Taskforce for Sexual Misconduct surveys from 2021-22.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Activities Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Significant research documents that bringing together professionals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas improves problem-solving and critical thinking and leads to more innovative, creative solutions; in addition, patient outcomes improve when medical teams have gender and racial/ethnic diversity. I am a general pediatrician who has focused my research career on the impact of gender based violence, and have served roles in the state and nationally to assess and reduce gender-based violence. Throughout my career, I have been solidly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion across faculty development, research and patient care. Embedding these principles promotes a supportive culture in which faculty, trainees, staff and patients thrive. Establishing a diverse faculty requires intentional efforts to build and mentor a pipeline of trainees, and to develop and implement policies that support faculty development. Over my career, I have provided close (e.g., weekly meetings) research mentorship to over 30 trainees and early career faculty, 11 of whom identify as being from URiM groups, and have provided career mentoring to many others. I am firmly committed to ensuring that DEIA initiatives remain central to our overarching strategy and to our day-to-day interactions. The BUMG Office of Equity, Vitality and Inclusion, for which I Chair the Women's Leadership Advisory Council, has many important resources (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/bumg/evi/).
Awards and Honors
2021 Led Boston University School of Medicine’s application for successful receipt of NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity
Institutional Roles Related to DEIA
12/2016-present Executive Director, Center for the Urban Child & Healthy Family, Department of Pediatrics
7/2019-present Chair, Gender Equity/Women’s Leadership Advisory Council, Office of Equity, Vitality and Inclusion at the Boston University Medical Group
8/2020-10/2020 Committee to Reduce Implicit and Explicit Bias in Research, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, MA; Chair
Externally Funded Grants
9/2021-present Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinician-Scientists
Building Capacity for PCOR Participation among BIPOC Adults
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (PI)Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Training in Health Services Research for Vulnerable Populati
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (Activity-level PI)
PI: Caroline Kistin, MD, MScAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS
Training in Health Services Research for Vulnerable Populations
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)DHHS/AHRQ5T32HS022242-07
Underage Alcohol Use in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
05/15/2020 - 04/30/2022 (PI)Trustees of Boston University NIH-NIAAA
The Healthy Adolescent Relationship Trajectories Study_Copy
01/01/2018 - 12/31/2021 (PI)Johns Hopkins University National Institute o
The Pediatric Practice of the Future
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2021 (PI)Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.
Creating a Comparative Effectiveness Research Agenda for Adolescents with Autism
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2021 (PI)PCORI
Pediatric Practice of the Future
04/01/2019 - 06/30/2020 (PI)Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
Safe Dating for Youth with ASD
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 (PI)Organization for Autism Research
Integrating Behavioral Health into Pediatric Medical Homes for low income Children: Evaluation of…
12/15/2015 - 12/14/2019 (PI)Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Kim J, Sheldrick RC, Gallagher K, Bair-Merritt MH, Durham MP, Feinberg E, Morris A, Cole MB. Association of Integrating Mental Health Into Pediatric Primary Care at Federally Qualified Health Centers With Utilization and Follow-up Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Apr 03; 6(4):e239990.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37099297; PMCID: PMC10134009; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.9990;
Jagsi R, Beeland TD, Sia K, Szczygiel LA, Allen MR, Arora VM, Bair-Merritt M, Bauman MD, Bogner HR, Daumit G, Davis E, Fagerlin A, Ford DE, Gbadegesin R, Griendling K, Hartmann K, Hedayati SS, Jackson RD, Matulevicius S, Mugavero MJ, Nehl EJ, Neogi T, Regensteiner JG, Rubin MA, Rubio D, Singer K, Tucker Edmonds B, Volerman A, Laney S, Patton C, Escobar Alvarez S. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists: innovating support for early-career family caregivers. J Clin Invest. 2022 Dec 01; 132(23). PMID: 36453546; PMCID: PMC9711869; DOI: 10.1172/JCI166075;
Safon CB, Estela MG, Rosenberg J, Feinberg E, Drainoni ML, Morris A, Durham MP, Bair-Merritt M, Sheldrick RC. Implementation of a Novel Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Initiative. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2023 Jan; 50(1):1-17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35915197
Rowe SG, Stewart MT, Van Horne S, Pierre C, Wang H, Manukyan M, Bair-Merritt M, Lee-Parritz A, Rowe MP, Shanafelt T, Trockel M. Mistreatment Experiences, Protective Workplace Systems, and Occupational Distress in Physicians. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 May 02; 5(5):e2210768.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35522279; PMCID: PMC9077480; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.10768;
Sheldrick RC, Bair-Merritt MH, Durham MP, Rosenberg J, Tamene M, Bonacci C, Daftary G, Tang MH, Sengupta N, Morris A, Feinberg E. Integrating Pediatric Universal Behavioral Health Care at Federally Qualified Health Centers. Pediatrics. 2022 Apr 01; 149(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35347338
Lin MY, Kim J, Sheldrick RC, Bair-Merritt MH, Durham MP, Feinberg E, Cole MB. Five-Year Trends in Pediatric Mental Health Emergency Department Visits in Massachusetts: A Population-Based Cohort Study. J Pediatr. 2022 Jul; 246:199-206.e17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35301021; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.03.011;
Marcil LE, Hole MK, Jackson J, Markowitz MA, Rosen L, Sude L, Rosenthal A, Bennett MB, Sarkar S, Jones N, Topel K, Chamberlain LJ, Zuckerman B, Kemper AR, Solomon BS, Bair-Merritt MH, Schickedanz A, Vinci RJ. Anti-Poverty Medicine Through Medical-Financial Partnerships: A New Approach to Child Poverty. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Nov-Dec; 21(8S):S169-S176.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34740425; PMCID: PMC9053836; DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2021.03.017;
Randell KA, Ragavan MI, Query LA, Sundaram M, Bair-Merritt M, Miller E, Denise Dowd M. Intimate Partner Violence and the Pediatric Electronic Health Record: A Qualitative Study. Acad Pediatr. 2022 Jul; 22(5):824-832. PMID: 34455099; PMCID: PMC8882201; DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2021.08.013;
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I currently serve as the Division Chief of Academic General Pediatrics and the multi-PI of the BU CTSI. 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.
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