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Sonia Minnes, PhD

Associate Professor

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 316
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. Curriculum Vitae

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:

Ecuador and India Brown Bag Info Sessions – August 29 & 30

Aug 24 2017

The Mandel School International Education Program will be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch Series providing information on upcoming Study Abroad opportunities. The first two Brown Bag Lunch Series will take place on August 29th and 30th.

Application deadline for these two study abroad courses are September 1st.

On August 29th at 1:00pm in the Mandel School (room #236) join us for information on Ecuador: Exploring the Interplay between Human Development and Bio-Diversity with Dr. Mark Chupp and Dr. Sonia Minnes. (1PD hour)

On August 30th at 1:00pm in the Mandel School (room #236) join us for information on India: Global Health and Social Development with Dr. Sharon Milligan and Dr. Tej Pereek. (1 PD hour)

Minnes Receives Research Award from Teratology Society

Jun 29 2017

Associate Professor Sonia Minnes, PhD, is the recipient of the 2017 Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring from The Teratology Society. The award was presented Teratology Society’s Annual Meeting on June 25, 2017, in Denver, where Dr. Minnes presented “Project Newborn: What We Have Learned from 20 Years of Research on Prenatal Cocaine Exposure?”

The Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring is given by the Teratology Society to recognize individuals who conduct successful independent research in neurobehavioral teratology, birth defects, or other fields involving the central nervous system. The recipient of this award must also show commitment to mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, and young investigators. The society cited Dr. Minnes’ work with Project Newborn and its impactful findings on the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure.

Dr. Minnes has a Secondary Appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the Mandel School. The majority of her research focuses on the study of child development, and she is currently the principle investigator of Project Newborn at Case Western Reserve University.

Project Newborn is a longitudinal study that began in 1994 at Case Western Reserve University to examine negative health outcomes for both babies and mothers during the growing nationwide crack cocaine epidemic. With Minnes as project coordinator, researchers began to track the growth and development of over 400 babies born at MetroHealth Medical Center. Half of the babies born in this study had been exposed to cocaine before birth. The babies were all tracked throughout childhood and adolescence for adverse behaviors such as substance abuse and anti-social behavior. In 2015, Project Newborn was given a $2.5 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to continue research over the next four years. Now that the original children in the Project Newborn Study are adults, this grant will allow researchers to study the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure during adulthood.

The Teratology Society is a multinational organization focused on understanding and preventing hazards that effect development. Members of this society include public health professionals, epidemiologists, researchers and clinicians studying birth defects, reproduction, and disorders of developmental origin.

Apply Now for Ecuador and India; Upcoming Info Sessions

Mar 31 2017
Dr. Mark Chupp with students at Yasuni National Park

Interested in experiential and interdisciplinary learning in Ecuador or India? Want to take your passion for social change international? Seeking to become a big picture thinker?

The Mandel School is now accepting applications for its popular short-term study abroad courses during Winter Break:

+ Ecuador: Health, Human and Social Development (SASS 375A/575; 3 credits)

+ India: Global Health and Social Development (SASS 375G/575; 3 credits)

These courses are open to ALL Case Western Reserve University students and count toward elective course credit, Global and Cultural Diversity credit, Social Science credit for Engineering majors, or toward a Social Work minor for undergraduates.

Information sessions about Ecuador and India study abroad opportunities will be held throughout the month of April at the following dates and times around campus:

Mandel School Room #236:

  • Friday, April 14 – 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Thursday, April 201:00pm-2:00pm
  • Friday, April 2112:30pm-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 251:00pm-2:00pm

Tinkham Veale University Center (info table 11:00am-2:00pm):

  • Monday, April 3
  • Wednesday, April 5
  • Wednesday, April 12
  • Wednesday, April 19

Nord Hall Atrium (info table 11:00am-2:00pm):

  • Friday, April 7
  • Tuesday, April 11

Students with questions or who are interested in a one-on-one meeting should contact Valerie Rambin, Mandel School Study Abroad Program Manager, at