Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Megan Bair-Merritt
(617) 414-3667
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall

Biography

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.

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 10/20/2017

    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. PMID: 29061327.

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  • Published on 9/19/2017

    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. PMID: 28975202.

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  • Published on 9/9/2017

    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. PMID: 29021114.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    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. PMID: 28865642.

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  • Published on 7/17/2017

    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. PMID: 28715290.

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  • Published on 6/22/2017

    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. PMID: 28641071.

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  • Published on 5/5/2017

    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. PMID: 28483290.

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  • Published on 3/28/2017

    Schiff DM, Zuckerman B, Hutton E, Genatossio C, Michelson C, Bair-Merritt M. Development and Pilot Implementation of a Trauma-Informed Care Curriculum for Pediatric Residents. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct; 17(7):794-796. PMID: 28359836.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Peacock-Chambers E, Martin JT, Necastro KA, Cabral HJ, Bair-Merritt M. The Influence of Parental Self-Efficacy and Perceived Control on the Home Learning Environment of Young Children. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Mar; 17(2):176-183. PMID: 28259339.

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  • Published on 12/26/2016

    Showell NN, Cole KW, Johnson K, DeCamp LR, Bair-Merritt M, Thornton RLJ. Neighborhood and Parental Influences on Diet and Physical Activity Behaviors in Young Low-Income Pediatric Patients. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Nov; 56(13):1235-1243. PMID: 28024417.

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