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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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

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

Freisthler, B., Kepple, N.U., Holmes, M.R. (2012).  The geography of drug market activities and child maltreatment.  Child Maltreatment, 17 (2), 144-152. doi:10.1177/1077559512443124.

Clapp, J. D., Reed, M. B, Min, J. W., Shillington, A. M., Croff, J., Holmes, M. R., & Trim, R. (2009). Blood alcohol concentrations among bar patrons: A multi-level study of drinking behavior. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 104, 272–273.

Recent Presentations

Holmes, M.R., (January, 2013). The sleeper effect of intimate partner violence exposure: long-term consequences on young children’s aggressive behavior. Symposium presentation,  Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.


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