Meeyoung Min, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Meeyoung Oh Min is a Research Associate Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University and MSW from Adelphi University, New York.

Dr. Min’s research interests are in trauma, mental health, and substance abuse, primarily focusing on substance-using mothers and their children. She is particularly interested in how various biological (e.g. prenatal substance exposure), care-giving (e.g., maternal history of trauma and substance use), and environmental risk factors (e.g. neighborhood violence) that often cluster together in at-risk children of inner-city, low-socioeconomic status, interact as moderators or mediators to uniquely shape child development, including substance use and its related risk behaviors.

Dr. Min is the principal investigator of a secondary data analyses study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01DA042747). This study examines gender differences in behavioral trajectories leading to substance use and sexual risk behaviors in adolescents with and without prenatal cocaine/polydrug exposure, capitalizing on the combined datasets from two birth-cohort longitudinal data sets.

Curriculum Vitae
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Research Information

Research Interests

  • Substance using mothers
  • Maternal childhood trauma
  • Mental health

Recent Funding

Recent Grants

Gender and Developmental Trajectories to Adolescent Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior
Principal Investigator
NIH- National Institute on Drug Abuse
September 2017–July 2020

The Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure in Emerging Adulthood
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Sonia Minnes)
NIH- National Institute on Drug Abuse
January 2015–November 2018

Development of Web-Based Statistical Test Bank through Blackboard
Principal Investigator
Nord Grant, University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE), Case Western
Reserve University.
July 2015–June 2016

Gender Differences in Developmental Pathways of Substance Use Problems and Risk Behaviors among
Poly-Drug Exposed Adolescents.

Principal Investigator
Case Western Reserve University, MSASS Research & Training Development Grant
May 2013–June 2014

Role of Personal Social Networks in Post Treatment Functioning
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: E. Tracy).
NIH- National Institute on Drug Abuse
May 2009–April 2013


Recent Publications

Min, M.O., Minnes, S., Kim, J., Yoon, M., & Singer, L.T. (2018). Individual assets and problem behaviors in at-risk adolescents: A longitudinal cross-lagged analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 64, 52-61.

Min, M.O., Minnes, S., Kim, J., Yoon, M., & Singer, L.T. (2017). Association of prenatal cocaine exposure, childhood maltreatment, and responses to stress in adolescence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 177, 93-100.

Minnes, S., Min, M.O., Kim, J., Francis, M.W., Lang, A., Wu, M. & Singer, L.T. (2017). Association of prenatal cocaine exposure, externalizing behavior and adolescent substance use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 176, 33-43.

Min, M.O., Kim, J., Olgac, T., Francis, E., Shon, E., & Yoon, D.. Factor structure of the Urban Hassles Index. Research on Social Work Practice.

Min, M.O., Minnes, S., Lang, A., Albert, J.M., Kim, J., & Singer, L.T. (2016). Pathways to adolescent sexual risk behaviors: effects of prenatal cocaine exposure. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 284-291. PMID: 26922281 PMCID: PMC4792807

Min, M.O., Minnes, S., Lang, A., Yoon, S., & Singer, L.T. (2015). Effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on early sexual behavior: Gender difference in externalizing behavior as a mediator. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 153, 59-65. PMID: 26088698 PMCID: PMC4509836

Min, M.O., Minnes, S., Yoon, S., Short, E.J., & Singer, L.T. (2014). Self-reported adolescent behavioral adjustment: Effects of prenatal cocaine exposure. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 167-174. PMID: 24581794 PMCID: PMC4108526

Min, M.O., Minnes, S., Lang, A., Weishampel, P., Short, E.J., Yoon, S., & Singer, L.T. (2014). Externalizing behavior and substance use related problems at 15 years in prenatally cocaine exposed adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 269-279. PMID: 24636687 PMCID: PMC3980446

Min, M.O., Singer, L.T., Minnes, S., Wu, M., & Bearer, C.F. (2015). Association of Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters in meconium and cognitive development during childhood and adolescence. Journal of Pediatrics, 166, 1042-1047. PMID: 25596105 PMCID: PMC4380586

Min, M. O., Singer, L. T., Kirchner, H. L., Minnes, S., Short, E., Hussain, Z., & Nelson, S. (2009). Cognitive development and low-level lead exposure in poly-drug exposed children. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 31, 225-231. PMID: 19345261 PMCID: PMC2693288

Minnes, S., Singer, L.T., Min, M.O., Wu, M., Lang, A., & Yoon, S. (2014). Effects of prenatal cocaine/polydrug exposure on substance use by age 15. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134, 201-210. PMID: 24176200 PMCID: PMC3941005

Kobulsky, J.M., Minnes, S., Min, M.O., & Singer, M.I. (2016). Violence exposure and early substance use in high-risk adolescents. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 16, 46-71.

Min, M. O., Farkas, K., Minnes, S., & Singer, L. T. (2007). Impact of childhood abuse and neglect on substance abuse and psychological distress in adulthood. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(5), 833-844. PMID: 17955535 DOI:

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), 831-851. PMID: 22935951 PMCID: PMC3587847

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. PMID: 23195701 PMCID: PMC3672368

Min, M. O., Tracy, E.M., & Park, H. (2014). Impact of trauma symptomatology on personal networks among substance using women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 142, 277-282. PMID: 25042762 PMCID: PMC4127087

Min, M. O., Tracy, E. M., Kim, H., Park, H., Jun, M., Brown, S., Laudet, A. (2013). Changes in personal networks of women in residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45(4), 325-334. PMID: 23755971 PMCID: PMC3742636

Tracy, E., Laudet, A., Min, M.O., Kim, H., Brown, S., Jun, M.K., & Singer, L.T. (2012). Prospective Patterns and Correlates of Quality of Life among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 124, 242-249. PMID: 22333265 PMCID: PMC3366154

Brown, S., Tracy, E., Jun, M., Park, H., & Min, M. O. (2015). Personal network recovery enablers and relapse risks for women with substance dependence. Qualitative Health Research, 25, 371-385. PMID: 25231945 PMCID: PMC4608244

Tracy, E.M., Min, M. O., Park, H., Jun, M., Brown, S., & Francis, M. (2016). Personal network structure and substance use in women by 12 months post treatment intake. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 62, 55-61. PMID: 26712040 PMCID: PMC4724506


Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Social Work
Adelphi University

Additional Information


  • Community Practice for Social Change
  • Undergraduate Minor in Social Work

In the News

Trauma Center Launches at the Mandel School
by Mandel School on April 17, 2018

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

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