Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE

Professor, Pediatrics

Megan Bair-Merritt
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MED, 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 taken a leadership role in a large, integrated behavioral health project and the new Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family at Boston Medical Center. She has been a PI or co-PI on 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, and recently was awarded a T32 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Bair-Merritt is the author of over 70 original 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.


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


  • Published on 8/26/2021

    Randell KA, Ragavan MI, Query LA, Sundaram M, Bair-Merritt M, Miller E, Dowd MD. Intimate Partner Violence and the Pediatric Electronic Health Record: A Qualitative Study: Intimate Partner Violence and Electronic Health Records. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Aug 26. PMID: 34455099.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Harris M, Joseph K, Hoeppner B, Wachman EM, Gray JR, Saia K, Wakeman S, Bair-Merritt MH, Schiff DM. A Retrospective Cohort Study Examining the Utility of Perinatal Urine Toxicology Testing to Guide Breastfeeding Initiation. J Addict Med. 2021 Jul-Aug 01; 15(4):311-317. PMID: 33060464.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Saitz R, Bair-Merritt MH, Levy SJ. Screening for Young Adults for Illicit Drug Use: A Good Idea Although Evidence Is Lacking. Pediatrics. 2021 01; 147(Suppl 2):S259-S261. PMID: 33386328.

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  • Published on 12/10/2020

    Mian ND, Pincus DB, Perrin EC, Bair-Merritt M. Identifying and Making Recommendations for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care Settings: A Video-Based Training. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 12 10; 16:11033. PMID: 33324746.

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  • Published on 4/1/2020

    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. 2020 04; 21(3):366-376. PMID: 31643025.

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  • Published on 3/19/2020

    Matson PA, Ridenour TA, Chung SE, Adhia A, Grieb SD, Poole E, Huettner S, Rothman EF, Bair-Merritt MH. Adolescent and Young Women's Daily Reports of Emotional Context and Episodes of Dating Violence. J Fam Violence. 2021 Apr; 36(3):271-279. PMID: 34149163.

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  • Published on 2/22/2020

    Ragavan MI, Query LA, Bair-Merritt M, Dowd D, Miller E, Randell KA. Expert Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence Power and Control in Pediatric Healthcare Settings. Acad Pediatr. 2021 04; 21(3):548-556. PMID: 32097782.

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  • Published on 12/24/2019

    Ragavan MI, Ferre V, Bair-Merritt M. Thrive: A Novel Health Education Mobile Application for Mothers Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence. Health Promot Pract. 2020 03; 21(2):160-164. PMID: 31874566.

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  • Published on 12/17/2019

    Ragavan MI, Griffith KN, Cowden JD, Colvin JD, Bair-Merritt M. Parental Perceptions of Culturally Sensitive Care and Well-Child Visit Quality. Acad Pediatr. 2020 03; 20(2):234-240. PMID: 31857250.

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  • 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 12; 54(6):1203-1213. PMID: 31742687.

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