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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.

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

  • Min Receives $842,460 NIH Grant To Study Adolescent Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior
    by Mandel School on November 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Meeyoung Oh Min, PhD, Research Associate Professor, is the Principal Investigator for an $842,460 research grant (R01-DA042747-01A1) awarded in August, 2017, by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) titled “Gender and Developmental Trajectories to Adolescent Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior.” This study will examine gender differences [… […]

  • Ecuador and India Brown Bag Info Sessions – August 29 & 30
    by Mandel School on August 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    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) [… […]

  • Minnes Receives Research Award from Teratology Society
    by Ann Blackman on June 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    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 [… […]