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Aaron W. Murnan

Asst Professor

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital (Prenatal Substance Use )
  • PhD: The Ohio State University (Human Development and Family Science; Couple and Family Therapy; Quantitative Research Methods)
  • Master of Science: The Ohio State University (Human Development and Family Science)
  • Bachelor of Arts: The Ohio State University (Psychology)
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Research Interests

My research interests center around leveraging community-based participatory research methods to design interventions to improve substance use and health outcomes among families disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic and the criminal justice system. I have a specific interest in conducting research that seeks to better understand and address the treatment needs of women in the sex trade within treament programs.  


Peer Reviewed Publications

Boch, S., Murnan A., Pollard, J., Nidey, N., Hardy, R., Iruka, I. 2024. Assessment of US federal funding of incarceration-related research, 1985 to 2022. JAMA Network Open, 6 2,

Boch, S., Omololu, S., Fan, M., Murnan, A., Kelleher, K., Lin, S., & Chisholm, D. 2024. Clinician note documentation of parental justice involvement: Preliminary evidence from pediatric electronic health records. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. , ,

Murnan, A., England, G., Boch, S., Qasem, I., Matthews, C., Bates, S., Manchak, S. 2024. "They don't give a damn about us": A qualitative study on experiences and perceptions underlying racial disparities in sex trafficking specialty court programs in Ohio. Journal of Human Trafficking, ,

Murnan, A., Tscholl, J., Ganta, R., Duah, H., Qasem, I., & Sezgin, E. 2023. Identification of child survivors of sex trafficking from electronic health records: An artificial intelligence guided approach. Child Maltreatment, ,

Murnan, A., Keim, S., & Klebanoff, M. 2022. Exploration of differences between women who do and do not disclose their marijuana use during pregnancy. American Journal of Perinatology, ,

Murnan, A., Keim, S., & Klebanoff, M. 2022. Understanding the relationships between Fetal Health Locus of Control (FHLC) and Maternal Marijuana Use During Pregnancy. Clinical Nursing Research, ,

Nidey, N., Hoyt-Austin, A., Chen, M., Bentley, B., Tabb, K., Aniygbo, C., Wilder, C., Terplan, M., McAllister, J., Wexelblatt, S., Murnan, A., & Kair, L. 2022. Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Counseling among Women who use Cannabis. Obstetrics and Gynecology, ,

Murnan, A. 2021. Exploring treatment needs among women who prostitute Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, ,

Murnan, A., Keim, S., Li, R., & Klebanoff, M. 2021. Marijuana use and sleep quality during pregnancy Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, ,

Murnan, A., Keim, S., Yeates, K., Boone, K., Sheppard, K., & Klebanoff, M. 2021. Behavioral and Cognitive Differences in Early Childhood related to Prenatal Marijuana Exposure. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 77 ,

Klebanoff, M., Fried, P., Yeates, K., Rausch, J., Wilkins, D., Blei, H., Sullivan, J., Phillips, W., Wiese, A., Jude, A., Boone, K., Murnan, A., & Keim, S. 2020. Lifestyle and early achievement in families (LEAF) study: Design of an ambi-directional cohort study of prenatal marijuana exposure and child development and behavior Journal of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 34 6, 744

Murnan, A., & Ferber, M. 2020. Familial influences on women's treatment and substance use behaviors among mothers engaged in street-level prostitution Journal of Family Relations, ,

Murnan, A., & Holowacz, E. 2020. A qualitative exploration of mother-child relationships in mothers with histories of substance use and street-level prostitution. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29 , 3225

Murnan, A., Bates, S., & Holowacz, E. 2020. Understanding the risk and protective factors among children of mothers engaged in street-level prostitution Children and Youth Services Review, 112 , 104899

Murnan, A., Wu, Q., & Slesnick, N. 2018. Effects of ecologically-based family systems therapy with substance using, prostituting mothers. Journal of Family Therapy, 40 4, 557

Murnan, A., Wu, Q., & Slesnick, N. 2018. The impact of parenting on child mental health among children of prostituting mothers. Children and Youth Services Review, 89 , 212

Wu, Q., Slesnick, N., Murnan, A. 2018. Understanding parenting stress and children's behavior problems among homeless, substance-abusing mothers. Children and Youth Services Review, 39 4, 423

Bartle-Haring, S., Murnan, A., & Slesnick, N. 2017. Benefit to children who participate in family therapy with their substance using mother. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 44 4, 671

Slesnick, N., Feng, X., Brakenhoff, B., Carmona, J., Murnan, A., Cash, S., McRee, A., & Guo, X. 2016. A test of outreach and drop-in linkage versus shelter-linkage for connecting homeless youth to services. Prevention Science, 17 4, 450

Carmona, J., Slesnick, N., Murnan, A., Brakenhoff, B., & Guo, X. 2015. Predictors of outreach meetings among substance using homeless youth. Community Mental Health Journal, 53 1, 62

Keim, S., Fried, P., Yeates, K., Boone, K., Vrantsidis, D., Dean, A., Wilkins, D., Murnan, A., Rausch, J., Klebanoff, M. . Prenatal Cannabis exposure and executive functioning and aggressive behavior at age 5. JAMA Pediatrics, ,

Murnan, A., England, G., Boch, S., Matthews, C., Duah, H., Qasem, I., Manchak, S. . Examination of Racial Disparities in Women's Matriculation Through the Criminal Justice System and Referral to Human Trafficking Special Docket Court Programs Following a Prostitution-Related Arrest Social Sciences & Humanities Open, ,

Vranditis, D., Klebanoff, M., Yeates, K., Murnan, A., Fried, P., Boone, K., Rausch, J., Keim, S. . Associations of prenatal stress with 5-year-old children's executive functioning. Development and Psychopathology, ,