Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Pediatrics

MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
BA, Tufts University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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 (

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

NRSA Training Core
04/15/2020 - 05/01/2025 (Key Person)
PI: Darrell Nelson Kotton, MD
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Institutional Career Development
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (Key Person)
PI: Natalia E. Morone, MD, MS
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

The Boston University Clinical and Transitional Science Institute
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

CARE (Creating and Advancing Research Equity) across BUSM
10/15/2021 - 10/14/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation John Templeton Fdn

Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Administrative Supplement)
07/06/2020 - 03/31/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Building Capacity for CER/PCOR Participation among BIPOC Adults on the Autism Spectrum
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Underage Alcohol Use in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
05/15/2020 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University, BUMC National Institute o

Creating a Comparative Effectiveness Research Agenda for Adolescents with Autism
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

The Healthy Adolescent Relationship Trajectories Study
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.

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…
01/01/2018 - 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 Budget Narrative
10/12/2017 - 10/11/2019 (PI)
Child Trends Department of Health

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 Boston Health Equity & community-Aligned Learning Health System (Boston-HEALHS) 1P30HS029752-01
2024 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 5UL1TR001430-09
2023 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 5UL1TR001430-08
2023 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 3UL1TR001430-08S1
2022 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 5UL1TR001430-07
2022 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 3UL1TR001430-07S1
2021 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 5UL1TR001430-06 142
2020 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 2UL1TR001430-05A1 142
2020 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 3UL1TR001430-05A1S1 142
2020 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 3UL1TR001430-05A1S2 142
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  1. Stransky ML, Bremer-Kamens M, Bair-Merritt M, Howard C, Brooks C, Meill A, Morris A, Sheldrick RC. Conceptualizations of health, ability to act upon those definitions and desire for supports among families from historically marginalized communities. Child Care Health Dev. 2024 Jan; 50(1):e13214.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38062906
  2. Marcil LE, Bredy GS, De Los Rios I, Sokoloff G, Bair-Merritt MH. Beyond Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Health and Wealth in Pediatric Primary Care. Acad Pediatr. 2024; 24(1):173-175.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37741494
  3. Kim J, Bair-Merritt MH, Rosenberg J, Feinberg E, Morris A, Durham MP, Estela MG, Sheldrick RC. Changes Over Time in Outcomes of School-Age Children and Parents Receiving Integrated Mental Health Care in Federally Qualified Health Centers. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2023 Sep 01; 44(7):e493-e500.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37566878; PMCID: PMC10497205; DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000001203;
  4. Hill C, Justo S, Park H, Bair-Merritt M, Morris A, Feinberg E, Sheldrick RC. Pediatric Provider and Staff Burnout in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. J Ambul Care Manage. 2023 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):265-271.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37540093
  5. Fein JA, Bair-Merritt MH. Examining and Addressing Children's Exposure to Violence: The Role of the Pediatric Clinician. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2023 Dec; 70(6):xvii-xviii. PMID: 37865444
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. 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
  9. Rothman EF, Campbell JK, Hoch AM, Bair-Merritt M, Cuevas CA, Taylor B, Mumford EA. Validity of a three-item dating abuse victimization screening tool in a 11-21 year old sample. BMC Pediatr. 2022 Jun 10; 22(1):337.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35689198; PMCID: PMC9185716; DOI: 10.1186/s12887-022-03397-w;
  10. 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;
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Bar chart showing 103 publications over 20 distinct years, with a maximum of 13 publications in 2017 and 2019


2008 Johns Hopkins: Resident-Fellow Teaching Award
1999 UNC-Chapel Hill: AOA
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Intimate Partner Violence
child maltreatment
health disparities

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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