Maya I. Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She completed her medical school from Northwestern University, pediatric residency from Stanford Children's Hospital, and a general academic pediatric fellowship from Boston Medical Center. Her research interests focus on preventing intimate partner violence (IPV), specifically by supporting IPV survivors in pediatric healthcare settings and examining cultural risk and protective factors to prevent IPV among immigrant families. She is deeply passionate about stakeholder involvement and the majority of her research is conducted in partnership with community-based organizations.

Ragavan is currently funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Scholars KL2 where she has developed an innovative community-academic collaboration to design a parent-adolescent dating violence prevention program for Hispanic and Latino adolescents and their parents. Ragavan also practices general pediatrics at the Primary Care Center in Oakland and with the Salud Para Niños program.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013-Present 
  • Academic Pediatrics Societies, 2014-Present 
  • Massachusetts Medical Society, 2016-2019 

Education & Training

  • BA, Psychology, Northwestern University, 2007
  • MD, Northwestern University, 2013
  • MPH, Northwestern University, 2013
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 2013-2016
  • Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, 2016-2019

Selected Publications

Ragavan MI, Griffith K, Cowden JD, Colvin JD, Bair-Merrit M. Parental perceptions of culturally-sensitive care and well-child visit quality. Acad Pediatr. Revise and resubmit.  

Ragavan MI, Ferre V, Bair-Merritt M. Thrive: A novel health education mobile application for mothers who have experienced intimate partner violence. Health Promotion Practice. 2019. In-Press 

Soglin L, Ragavan M, Immaneni S, Soglin D. Assessing intimate partner violence in South Asian women using the Index of Spouse Abuse. Violence Against Women. In-press. 

Soglin LF, Ragavan MI, Li JC, Soglin DF. A validated screening instrument for identifying intimate partner violence in South Asian immigrant women. J Interpers Violence. 2019 January. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/088626051882234 

Ragavan MI, Griffith K, Bair-Merritt M, Cabral HJ, Kistin CJ. First-generation immigrant mothers report less spanking of 1-year-old children compared with mothers of other immigrant generations. Matern Child Health J. 2019 April; 23 (4): 496-503 

Ragavan M, Syed-Swift Y, Elwy R, Fikre T, Bair-Merritt M. The influence of culture on healthy relationship formation and teen dating violence: A qualitative analysis of South Asian female youth residing in the United States. J Interpers Violence. 2018 July. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260518787815 

Ragavan MI, Li W, Elwy AR, Cowden JD, Bair-Merritt M. Chinese, Vietnamese and Asian Indian parents' perspectives about well-child visits: A qualitative analysis. Acad Pediatr. 2018 April; 18(6): 628-635. 

Ragavan M, Bruce J, Bair-Merritt M, Lucha S, Maya-Silva J, Stebbins E, Chamberlain L. Building a novel health curriculum for survivors of intimate partner violence residing at a transitional housing program. Violence Against Women. 2018 March; 24(3): 266-285. 

Ragavan MI, Fikre T, Millner U, Bair-Merritt M. The impact of domestic violence exposure on South Asian children in the United States: Perspectives of domestic violence agency staff. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 Feb; 76: 250-260. 

Ragavan M, Bruce J, Lucha S, Jayaraman T, Stein H, Chamberlain L. The health of women and children after surviving intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women. 2017 September; 23(10):1205-1227.  

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Grants

 KL2 TR001856, The University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute – Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program, 2017–2018, NIH/NCATS