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

Training in Health Services Research for Vulnerable Populations
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)

Integrating Behavioral Health into Pediatric Medical Homes for low income Children: Evaluation of…
12/15/2015 - 12/14/2019 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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

Approaches to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Fathers
09/30/2017 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
Child Trends DHHS/Office of Resea

Purposeful Parenting: Enhanced Anticipatory Guidance for the First Year of Life
04/01/2015 - 03/31/2019 (PI)

The Healthy Adolescent Relationship Trajectories Study
01/01/2018 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University DOJ

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

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  1. Kistin CJ, Rothman EF, Bair-Merritt MH. Deadly Adolescent Intimate Partner Violence and the Need for Youth-Specific Strategies for Effective Intervention. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Apr 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30985882.
  2. Ragavan MI, Griffith K, Bair-Merritt M, Cabral HJ, Kistin CJ. First-Generation Immigrant Mothers Report Less Spanking of 1-Year-Old Children Compared with Mothers of Other Immigrant Generations. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Apr; 23(4):496-503.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30600510.
  3. Mian ND, Carpenter AL, Pincus DB, Bair-Merritt M, Perrin EC. Training Residents in the Early Identification of Anxiety Disorders: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Novel Training Program. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 Jun; 58(7):761-769. PMID: 30913896.
  4. Lemkin A, Walls M, Kistin CJ, Bair-Merritt M. Educators' Perspectives of Collaboration With Pediatricians to Support Low-Income Children. J Sch Health. 2019 Apr; 89(4):300-307.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30734291.
  5. Ragavan MI, Thomas KA, Fulambarker A, Zaricor J, Goodman LA, Bair-Merritt MH. Exploring the Needs and Lived Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Minority Domestic Violence Survivors Through Community-Based Participatory Research: A Systematic Review. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2018 Dec 03; 1524838018813204. PMID: 30501479.
  6. Singerman A, Cadena L, Bair-Merritt M. Using Health Care Extenders to Deliver Parenting Guidance. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Oct 26; 9922818809536. PMID: 30362826.
  7. Vo P, Koppel C, Espinola JA, Mansbach JM, Celedón JC, Hasegawa K, Bair-Merritt M, Camargo CA. Vitamin D Status at the Time of Hospitalization for Bronchiolitis and Its Association with Disease Severity. J Pediatr. 2018 12; 203:416-422.e1. PMID: 30243543.
  8. Fong HF, Rothman EF, Garner A, Ghazarian SR, Morley DS, Singerman A, Bair-Merritt MH. Association Between Health Literacy and Parental Self-Efficacy among Parents of Newborn Children. J Pediatr. 2018 11; 202:265-271.e3.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30029856.
  9. Ragavan M, Syed-Swift Y, Elwy AR, Fikre T, Bair-Merritt M. The Influence of Culture on Healthy Relationship Formation and Teen Dating Violence: A Qualitative Analysis of South Asian Female Youth Residing in the United States. J Interpers Violence. 2018 Jul 01; 886260518787815.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29991337.
  10. Walls M, Broder-Fingert S, Feinberg E, Drainoni ML, Bair-Merritt M. Prevention and Management of Obesity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Primary Care Pediatricians. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 07; 48(7):2408-2417.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29450838.
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Bar chart showing 72 publications over 16 distinct years, with a maximum of 13 publications in 2017

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Intimate Partner Violence
child maltreatment
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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