Biography Curriculum Vitae

Sonia Minnes, PhD

Associate Professor

Chair, Doctoral Program

PhD, Case Western Reserve University
MA, Cleveland State University
BS Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of
Applied Social Sciences

Room 275C
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Sonia Minnes has been an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Mandel School since July, 2009. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and a doctorate in social welfare from the Mandel School. She joined the Case Western Reserve University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine in 2004. Her research interests are in the study of child development and the multiple factors that affect cognitive and mental health outcomes.

Sonia Minnes in Poland

Forum newsletter with an article about Sonia’s trip

Minnes, S., Singer, L. T., Min, M. O., Lang, A. M., Ben-Harush, A., Short, E., & Wu, M. (In press). Comparison of 12-year-old children with prenatal exposure to cocaine and non-exposed controls on caregiver ratings of executive function.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Lewis, B. A., Minnes, S., Short, E. J., Min, M. O., Wu, M., Lang, A., & Singer, L. T. (In press). Language outcomes at 12 years for children exposed prenatally to cocaine.Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Brown, S., Jun, M., Min, M.O., Tracy, E.M. (2013) Impact of dual disorders, trauma, and social support on quality of life among women in treatment for substance dependence. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 9 (1), 61-71.

Min, M.O., Minnes, S., Kim, H., Singer, L.T. (2013) Pathways linking childhood maltreatment and adult physical health. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37 (6), 361–373.

Min, M. O., Singer, L. T., Minnes, S.Kim, H., & Short, E. (2013). Mediating links between maternal childhood trauma and preadolescent behavioral adjustment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(4), 831-850.

Minnes, S., Min, M.O., Singer, L.T., Edguer, M., Wu, M., & Thi, P. (2012). Cocaine use during pregnancy and health outcome after 10 years.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 126, 71-79.

Aguirre McLaughlin, A., Minnes, S., Singer, L. T., Short, E. J., Linares-Scott, T., Satayathum, S., & Min, M. (2011). Caregiver and self-report of mental health symptoms in 9-year old cocaine-exposed children, Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 33, 582–591.

Lewis, B. A., Minnes, S., Short, E., Weishampel, P., Satayathum, S., Min, M. O., Nelson, S., & Singer, L. T. (2011). The effects of prenatal cocaine on language development at 10 years of age. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 33, 17–24.

McLaughlin, A.A.,Minnes, S., Singer, L.T., Min, M.O., Short, E.J., Linares Scott, T., & Satayathum, S. (2011). Caregiver and self-report of mental health symptoms in 9-year old children with prenatal cocaine exposure.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 33, 582–591.

Minnes, S., Singer, L. T., & Lang, A. (2011). Prenatal drug exposure: Developmental outcomes and practice implications. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 6(1), 57–70.

Ridenour, T. A., Minnes, S., Maldonado-Molina, M. M. Reynolds, M. D., Tarter, R. E. & Clark, D. B. (2011). Psychometrics and Cross-cultural comparisons of the Illustration-based Assessment of Liability and Exposure to Substance Use and Antisocial Behavior for Children. The Open Family Studies Journal, 4 (Suppl. 1-M2), 17–26.

Minnes, S., Singer, L. T., Kirchner, L. H., Short, E., Lewis, B., Satayathum, S., & Queah, D. (2010). The effects of prenatal cocaine-exposure on behavior in children 4-10 years. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 32, 443–451.

Singer L. T., & Minnes, S. (2010). Effects of Drugs of Abuse on the Fetus: Cocaine and Opiates including Heroin. In P. Preece and E. Riley (Eds.), Alcohol, drugs and medication in pregnancy: The long term outcome for the child (Clinics in Developmental Medicine No.188, pp. 130–152) London, England: Gillian McKeith Press.

Min, M. O., Singer, L. T., Minnes,S., Kirchner, H. L., & Nelson, S. (2009). Cognitive development and low-level lead exposure in poly-drug exposed children. Neurotoxicology & Teratology, 31, 225–231.

Sonia Minnes in the News

  • Trauma Center Launches at the Mandel School
    by Mandel School on April 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Due to its widespread impact and long-term effects, trauma has emerged as a significant public health concern throughout the world. It is now the focus of a new training and research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the top-ranked school of social work at Case Western Reserve University. […]

  • Project Newborn: How does mother’s cocaine use during pregnancy affect boys and girls differently
    by Mandel School on January 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    With a focus on gender, new NIH-funded research continues two decades of study at Case Western Reserve University into effects of prenatal cocaine exposure Teens whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy are more likely to have aggression and attention problems—known predictors of later drug use and sexual risk-taking. With a new three-year, $840,000 grant from […]

  • Sonia Minnes Appointed Chair of Doctoral Program
    by Mandel School on January 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Sonia Minnes, PhD, Associate Professor has been appointed the new chair of the Mandel School’s doctoral program effective January 1, 2018. “As a member of the Doctoral Program Executive Committee for over four years, Dr. Minnes has been intimately engaged with the program, and I am impressed with her vision for it,” said Dean Grover C. Gilmore in […]