Megan R. Holmes, PhD

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California Los Angeles
MSW, University of California Los Angeles
BA, San Diego State University
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164


Using her clinical experience with families from domestic violence households to set the foundation for her research, the overarching goal of Megan Holmes’ work is to contribute to the optimal development of children who have been exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) by identifying risk and protective factors that can be translated into interventions.

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Recent Publications

Freisthler, B. & Holmes, M.R. (in press). Explicating the social mechanisms linking substance use behaviors and ecology to child maltreatment. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Holmes, M. R. (2013). Sleeper effect of intimate partner violence exposure: Long-term consequences on young children’s aggressive behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 54(9), 986–995. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12071

Holmes, M. R. (2013). Aggressive behavior of children exposed to intimate partner violence: An examination of maternal mental health, maternal warmth and child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect. 37(8), 520-530. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.12.006

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Course List

  • SASS 477 – Direct Practice Foundation Methods and Skills

Awards, Fellowships and Honors

  • National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood Dissertation Fellowship: 2010-2012
  • 2012 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Fellows Award
  • Collegium of University Teaching Fellows: 2011

Scholarly Interests

  • Child exposure to intimate partner violence
  • Maternal parenting
  • Sibling relationships

In The News

Join us at CSWE APM 2014

Oct 22 2014

CSWE APM logoThere are a variety of ways you can join the Mandel School at the Council on Social Work Education 60th Annual Program Meeting, the premiere conference for social justice professionals on October 23-26 in Tampa, Florida.

  • Visit us at our booth #504. We have a special gift for alumni, and lots of great information for everyone else from prospective students to our social justice colleagues.
  • Check out our full-page ad in the conference program, which celebrates the past 100 years of social work education excellence at the Mandel School.
  • Speaking of celebration, join us at a private reception for Mandel School alumni, faculty and students to celebrate a record year for our research and training office, as well as Dr. Mark Singer’s election as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The event will be Friday, October 24, at 5pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. To RSVP, contact Nada DiFranco (nada.difranco@case.edu)
  • Use the hashtag #2104APM on Twitter for the latest news about the conference from us and other attendees.
  • On Friday, be sure to check out Dr. Terry Hokenstad at a “Meet The Authors” event at the conference. Details: http://www.cswe.org/75084.aspx

The following Mandel School alumni and faculty are presenting during the CSWE APM 2014:

Eileen Mazur Abel, PhD 1999; Brent Angell, PhD 1992; Nadine Bean, MSSA 1990, PhD 1994; David Beimers, PhD 2009; Kerry Beldin, PhD 2008; Ralph Belk, MSSA 1996; Diane Bessell, MSSA 2005; David Chenot, PhD 2007; Carlton David Craig, MSSA 1993; Laurel Davis, MSSA 1993; Jill Dickie, MSSA 1974; Bruce Friedman, PhD 1993; Abbie Frost, MSSA 1977, PhD 1984; Bob Herman-Smith, PhD 2008; Virginia Rondero Hernandez, PhD 2002; Dr. Megan HolmesDr. M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad;  Lindsey Houlihan, MSSA 1990, PhD 2010; Altaf Husain, MSSA 1994; Jungyai Ko, MSSA 2010; Lori Longs Painter, MSSA 1987; Timothy McCarragher, PhD 2002; Lisa McGuire, PhD 2000; Lance Peterson, PhD 2010; Barbara Pierce, PhD 2012; D. Mark Ragg, PhD 1997; Mary Rawlings, PhD 2008; Joanne Riebschleger, PhD 2001; Amy Restorick Roberts, MSSA 2000, PhD 2013; Ann Roy, PhD 1985; Mary Secret, MSSA 1973; Nancy Sidell, MSSA 1990; Susan Smalling, PhD 2012; Dr. Elizabeth M. Tracy; Scott Wilkes, PhD 2013.



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Research by Megan R. Holmes debunks domestic violence myths

Sep 16 2014

Domestic Violence Map Megan HolmesIn a recent article in the Maple Heights News, Domestic violence exists in every neighborhood, a map created by Professor Megan R. Holmes, PhD, in conjunction with Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center debunked the myth that domestic violence only happens in inner city Cleveland neighborhoods and highlighted how underreported the crime is.

The Silent Survivors Map displays the rate of domestic violence incidents projected per household for each suburb in Cuyahoga County in 2011, following the research statistics. Although factors such as poverty may increase the risk factor, suburban residents can, and do, suffer the same trauma and harm as residents in inner city neighborhoods. Research and statistics indicate that residents in the Cleveland suburbs of Westlake, North Olmsted, Strongsville and Cleveland Heights should have a much higher rate of domestic violence than is being reported.

The foundation of Dr. Holmes’ research is her clinical experience with families from domestic violence households. Her 2013 study, “The sleeper effect of intimate partner violence (IPV) exposure: long-term consequences on young children’s aggressive behavior,” examined aggression in school-age children who as toddlers witnessed violence between their mothers and partners. Holmes said researchers know the impact of recent exposure to violence, but little information has been available about the long-term effect from the early years of life. To her knowledge, she said her study is the first to look at the effect of early exposure to domestic violence and its impact on the development of social behavior. Between three and 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence each year, according the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence.

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