Dr. Megan H. Bair-Merritt
Dr. Megan H. Bair-Merritt is a faculty member at Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety-net hospital. She is a researcher, practicing pediatrician and educator, who has spent her career thinking about the impact of intimate partner violence on child health and about primary carebased interventions to promote resilience and address psychosocial adversity. Dr. Bair-Merritt has partnered (and continues to partner) with Futures Without Violence to work with researchers and practitioners to co-create materials for advocates working with children.
Dr. Bair-Merritt has recently completed a mid-career Fellowship through the WT Grant Foundation in which she immersed herself into the daily work of Futures Without Violence and national Defending Childhood Initiative sites. Dr. Bair-Merritt applied for this fellowship with the desire to improve her ability to conduct high-quality research that is used by practitioners and policymakers to reduce children’s exposure to violence and, ultimately, to improve youth outcomes; and, she realized that the traditional research paradigm was ineffective in ultimately achieving this goal.