Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Megan Bair-Merritt
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


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.


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


  • Published on 4/15/2019

    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. PMID: 30985882.

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  • Published on 4/1/2019

    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. PMID: 30600510.

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  • Published on 3/27/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 2/7/2019

    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. PMID: 30734291.

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  • Published on 12/3/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 10/26/2018

    Singerman A, Cadena L, Bair-Merritt M. Using Health Care Extenders to Deliver Parenting Guidance. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Oct 26; 9922818809536. PMID: 30362826.

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  • Published on 9/20/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 7/18/2018

    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. PMID: 30029856.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    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. PMID: 29991337.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    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. PMID: 29450838.

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