Megan R. Holmes, PhD

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California Los Angeles
MSW, University of California Los Angeles
BA, San Diego State University

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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 Dr. Holmes’s 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 will be translated into interventions.
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Course List

Masters Courses

  • SASS 477: Direct Practice Foundation Methods and Skills
  • SASS 549: Theory and Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work
  • SASS 555: Women’s Issues

Doctoral Courses

  • SASS 631: Job Seekers Seminar

Doctoral Student Mentoring

Dr. Holmes is passionate about her ongoing work with the Mandel School doctoral and master’s students. She provides multiple training opportunities to learn essential research and scholarship skills to facilitate the development of becoming a productive independent scholar. For example, under the mentorship of Dr. Holmes students obtain authorship on publications; learn the process of grant writing; present research at national conferences; and develop their own clear independent research and scholarship plan. Her federal grants provide funded research opportunities to her students. She also welcomes the opportunity for doctoral students to participate in a teaching mentorship for her current courses.

Scholarly Interests

  • Intimate partner violence exposure
  • Child maltreatment
  • Sibling relationships and maternal parenting
  • Early childhood development

Current Funded Research

Longitudinal Effects of Family Violence: Sibling Factors and Maternal Parenting
Principal Investigator: Megan R. Holmes
NIH NICHD (Grant Number 1R03HD078416-01A1), $158,500. 4/10/2015–3/31/2017Effects of instructional strategies on social work student learning outcomes
Co-Principal Investigators: Megan Holmes & Zoe Wood
Case Western Reserve University, Nord Grant, $5,000. 1/5/2015–12/18/2017 

Multilevel Protective Factors that Promote Well-Being for Maltreated Children
Principal Investigator: Megan R. Holmes.
Administration of Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau (Grant Number 90CA1817-01-00), $200,000. 9/30/2014–9/21/2016


Sibling Relationships and the Psychobiology of Intimate Partner Violence Exposure: A Pilot Study
Principal Investigator: Megan R. Holmes.
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Research and Training Development Grant, $13,000. 9/1/2013–6/30/2016

Holmes, M. R., Yoon, S., Voith, L. A., Kobulsy, J. & Steigerwald, S. (2015). Resilience in physically abused children: Protective factors for aggression. Behavioral Sciences, 5, 176–189. doi: 10.3390/bs5020176

Holmes, M. R., Tracy, E. M., Painter, L. L., Oestreich, T., & Park, H. (2015) Moving from flipcharts to the flipped classroom: Using technology-driven teaching methods to promote active learning in foundation and advanced master’s social work courses. Clinical Social Work Journal, 43, 215–224. doi: 10.1007/s10615-015-0521-x

Holmes, M.R., Voith, L.A., & Gromoske, A. (2015). Lasting effect of IPV exposure during preschool on aggressive behavior and prosocial skills. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 30(10), 1651­–1670. doi: 10.1177/0886260514552441

Voith, L.A., Gromoske, A., & Holmes, M.R. (2014). Effects of cumulative violence exposure on children’s trauma and depression symptoms: A social ecological examination using fixed effects regression. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 7(4), 207-216. doi: 10.1007/s40653-014-0026-8

Freisthler, B. Holmes, M. R., & Wolf, J. P. (2014) The dark side of social support: Understanding the role of social support, drinking behaviors and alcohol outlets for child physical abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect. 36(6), 1106-1119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.03.011

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

Holmes, M. R., Yoon, S., Voith, L. A., Kobulsy, J. & Steigerwald, S. (2015). Resilience in physically abused children: Protective factors for aggression. Oral presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 61th Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO, October 2015.


Yoon, S., Steigerwald, S., & Holmes, M. R. Child exposure to violence: The underlying effect of trauma symptoms on behavior problems. Electronic poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2015


Holmes, M. R., Tracy, E. M., Painter, L. L., & Oestreich, T. D. From flipcharts to the flipped classroom: Using technology to promote clinical skills. Faculty Development Institute at the Council on Social Work Education 60th Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL, October 2014.


Holmes, M. R., Voith, L. A., & Gromeske, A. N. Lasting Effect of Intimate Partner Violence Exposure During Preschool: Cross-Lagged Analyses of Aggressive Behavior and Prosocial Skills. Oral paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 18th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, January 2014.


Voith, L. A., Gromeske, A. N., & Holmes, M. R. An Ecological Examination of Cumulative Violence Exposure on Children’s Trauma and Depression Symptoms. Oral paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 18th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, January 2014.


Holmes, M. R. Maternal warmth and depression: Long-term effects on domestic violence-exposed children’s aggressive behavior and prosocial skills. Poster presented at Zero to Three: 28th Annual National Training Institute, San Antonio, TX, December 2013.


Holmes, M. R. Developmental Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence Exposure on Young Children’s Social Behavior. Oral paper presentation at the 18th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, San Diego, CA, September 2013.


Holmes, M. R. The Sleeper Effect of Intimate Partner Violence Exposure: Long-Term Consequences On Young Children’s Aggressive Behavior. Oral paper presentation as part of the Identifying and Maximizing Opportunities for Intervention in Infancy and Early Childhood Symposium at Society for Social Work Research 17th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, January 2013.


Megan Holmes in the News:

Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School

Apr 15 2016

Research ShowCASEOn April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School presenters below, including many faculty members, students and researchers

Faculty (highlighted), Research Staff, and Doctoral Students (bold):

1. Cyleste Collins, Rong Bai, David Crampton, Rob Fischer: “Partnering for Family Success Process Evaluation”

2. Dalhee Yoon, Paul Tuschman, Mark, I. Singer, Margaret Baughman-Sladky, Michael C. Gearhart: “Case Study: Staff Perspectives on the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts Serving Opioid-Addicted Clients”

3. Dalhee Yoon, David S. Crampton, Susan Yoon, Sarah K. Bearman: “Assessing the Impact of Family Participation on Team Decisionmaking”

4. David Crampton, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Garcia-Cobian Richter, Rob Fischer: “Integrated Data System Analysis for the Design of a Pay-for-Success Intervention in Foster Care”

5. Aviva Vincent, David L. Hussey, Michelle Riske-Morris: “Reversing the Pipeline: Examining the Need for Transition Planning from Prison to the Community”

6. Michael C. Gearhart, Daniel J. Flannery, Mark I. Singer, Jeff Kretschmar, Fred Butcher: “Predictors of Functioning in a Juvenile Justice Diversion Program: ADHD, Mental Health, and Trauma”

7. Robert Fischer, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich, Marci Blue, Tsui Chan: “Childhood Lead Exposure in the City of Cleveland: Why Point-in-Time Estimates Aren’t Enough”

8. Seungjong Cho, Sun Kyung Kim: “Adjustment Problems of Female Spouses of International Students: Theoretical Frameworks” (Oral Presentation)

9. Weidi Qin: “Patterns of Diabetes Among Asian Americans”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Sharon Milligan):

1. Chelsea Smith: “The Causes and Treatments for Eating Disorders: A literature Review”

2. Amy Wang: “The relationship between socioeconomic status and other demographic factors and dental health behavior”

3. Feifei Deng: “Oral Health and Its Impact on General Health: A Literature Review of Society’s Response”

4. Isabelle Haney: “Mental Health Prevalence, Stigma, and Resources among College Students”

5. Amarinder Syan: “The Impact of Food Deserts on Food Insecurity in the United States”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Megan Holmes):

1. Michaela Epperson: “Beliefs, Resiliency, and Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur: “Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: Seeking Expert Opinions”

MSSA Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur:

“Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: A Targeted Literature Review”

Megan Holmes To Present Schubert Center Lecture on April 14

Feb 27 2016

holmesOn April 16, 2016, Assistant Professor Megan Holmes, PhD, will be present the lecture “Resilience in Adversity: Promoting Positive Outcomes for Maltreated Children” as part of the 2015-2016 Schubert Center for Child Studies Conversation Series, which engages the CWRU community with researchers, professors, and other members of the community whose work benefits the lives of young people and families. This lecture takes place from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Room 115 at the Mandel Center for Community Studies and is free and open to all. For more information or to register, visit schubert.case.edu.

Join Us and Our Presenters at CSWE APM 2015

Oct 12 2015

CSWEThere are a variety of ways you can join the Mandel School at the Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting (#2015APM), the premiere conference for social justice professionals on October 15-18 in Denver, Colorado.

+ Visit us at booth #517. We have special Centennial gifts and lots of great information for our alumni, colleagues, and prospective students.

+ Join us at a private reception for Mandel School alumni, faculty and students to celebrate our Centennial and another record year of research. It is on Friday, October 16, at 5pm at Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. To RSVP, contact Nada DiFranco (nada.difranco@case.edu). We are also hosting a Centennial Salon for Denver-area alumni hosted by Amy McClellan, MNO 1998, on Thursday, October 15. To RSVP for that alumni networking event, contact Marianne Lax (Marianne.lax@case.edu).

+ Join Dr. Terry Hokenstad, Distinguished University Professor, at the Hokenstad International Lecture on Friday, October 16. Dr. Vishanthie Sewpaul from the University of KwaZulu Natal Durban and the South Africa President of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa will present “Challenges to the West and the Rest Value Dichotomies: Culture, Human Rights and Social Work.”

+ An article by doctoral program alumnus Craig R. Boitel, PhD 2002, “Defining Signature Pedagogy in Social Work Education: Learning Theory and the Learning Contract,” which appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Social Work Education was chosen as a JSWE Best Conceptual Article. He will be honored at the Reviewers Reception on Saturday, October 17.

+ Doctoral students Susan Yoon and Hyunyong Park will receive the Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award by the Korean-American Social Work Educator Association (KASWEA) at the conference. Only two awardees were selected this year and both were from the Mandel School!

+ Presentations by our faculty (bold) and doctoral students (italics):

  • Yoon, Susan & Kobulsky, Julia, Voith, L. A.  Steigerwald, S. (alumna) Violence exposure and adolescent behavior problems: Parent-child relationships as a mediator. Abstract accepted for interactive poster presentation.
  • Holmes, Megan R., Yoon, Susan & Kobulsky, Julia Resilience in physically abused children: Protective factors for aggression. Abstract accepted for oral presentation.
  • Riley-Behringer, M. (alumna), Cage, Jamie, & Yoon, Susan Helping Direct Practice Social Work Students Embrace Their Inner Policy Wonk. Abstract accepted for interactive workshop.
  • Tracy, Elizabeth M., Wood, Zoe Breen, Farkas, Kathleen Making the transition from classroom to online education….and back again. Workshop abstract accepted to present at a Faculty Development Institute.
  • Wood, Zoe & Riley-Behringer, M. (alumna) Be Left for a Newer Model? HBSE Needs a Little Work Done! Abstract accepted for a discussion group section.
  • Hokenstad, M.C.  Engaging in Social Work Education across Borders: Opportunities & Lessons Learned. Abstract accepted for a Partnership Presentation.
  • Hokenstad, M.C. Panelist. Representing Social Work Education at the United Nations. Sponsored by IASSW. 

+ Alumni presenters: David Beimers, PhD 2009; Ralph Belk, MSSA 1996; Carlton David Craig, MSSA 1993; Emily Dakin, MSSA 2001, PhD 2004; Fran Danis, PhD 2000; Laurel Davis, MSSA 1978; Abbie Frost, MSSA 1977, PhD 1984; Altaf Husain, MSSA 1994; Robert Keefe, MSSA 1985; Patricia Kolb, MSSA 1971; Flavio Marsiglia, PhD 1991; Lisa McGuire, PhD 2000; Min So Paek, PhD 2013; Hyeshin Park, MSSA 2010; James Piers, PhD 1997; D. Mark Ragg, PhD 1997; Mary Ann Rawlings, PhD 2008; Joanne Riebschleger, PhD 2001; Maureen Riley-Behringer, MSSA 1994, PhD 2015; Mary Secret, MSSA 1973; Susan Smalling, PhD 2012; and Stacey Steigerwald, MSSA 2015.