Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE

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 a 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 12/1/2019

    Cole MB, Qin Q, Sheldrick RC, Morley DS, Bair-Merritt MH. The effects of integrating behavioral health into primary care for low-income children. Health Serv Res. 2019 Dec; 54(6):1203-1213. PMID: 31742687.

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  • Published on 10/23/2019

    Rothman EF, Stuart GL, Heeren T, Paruk J, Bair-Merritt M. The Effects of a Health Care-Based Brief Intervention on Dating Abuse Perpetration: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Prev Sci. 2019 Oct 23. PMID: 31643025.

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  • Published on 9/26/2019

    Edwards BL, Werner H, Tripodis Y, Dorfman D, Boyle T, Bair-Merritt M, Garg A. Variability in Informed Consent Practices for Non-Emergent Procedures in Pediatric Emergency Departments. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 Dec; 58(14):1509-1514. PMID: 31556702.

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  • Published on 9/5/2019

    Stulac S, Bair-Merritt M, Wachman EM, Augustyn M, Howard C, Madoor N, Costello E. Children and families of the opioid epidemic: Under the radar. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2019 Aug; 49(8):100637. PMID: 31494050.

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  • Published on 8/9/2019

    Fong HF, Tamene M, Morley DS, Morris A, Estela MG, Singerman A, Bair-Merritt MH. Perceptions of the Implementation of Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration in 3 Community Health Centers. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 Oct; 58(11-12):1201-1211. PMID: 31394918.

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  • Published on 7/27/2019

    Rothman EF, Farrell A, Paruk J, Bright K, Bair-Merritt M, Preis SR. Evaluation of a Multi-Session Group Designed to Prevent Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors: The "My Life My Choice" Curriculum. J Interpers Violence. 2019 Jul 27; 886260519865972. PMID: 31354019.

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  • Published on 7/27/2019

    Rothman EF, Preis SR, Bright K, Paruk J, Bair-Merritt M, Farrell A. A longitudinal evaluation of a survivor-mentor program for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States. Child Abuse Negl. 2019 Jul 27; 104083. PMID: 31358352.

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  • Published on 7/12/2019

    Bushover B, Miller E, Bair-Merritt M, Abebe K, Culyba A. Physical environment and violence perpetration among male youth in Pittsburgh: a spatial analysis. Inj Prev. 2019 Jul 12. PMID: 31300466.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    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 Jun 01; 173(6):524-525. 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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