Holly C. Wilcox, PhD
School of Medicine (Primary)
Mental Health (Joint)
550 N. Broadway Room 907
Baltimore , Maryland 21205
My primary interests are in the etiology and prevention of suicidal behaviors and mood disorders among young people. My research focuses on risk for suicide over the course of adolescence and into young adulthood. I am currently involved in a large epidemiological study of suicide attempts among young people originally recruited in Baltimore in first grade and followed into adulthood. This study is focused on the etiology and pathways to suicide attempt. I also lead a study of early trauma exposure, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function, and risk for suicide attempts among young people at familial risk for recurrent early-onset depression. I am also involved in a multisite genetic study of young people at-risk for bipolar disorder.
Honors and Awards
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter
Andrej Marušic Suicide Research Award, sponsor: International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Young Investigator Award, 2009-2011
The Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), 2007, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award, 2005-2007
The Harold and Sylvia Halpert Endowment Award, 2003, Johns Hopkins University
Individual National Research Service Award, 2001-2003
National Research Service Award, 1998-2001
Suicide; Depression; Adolescence; Childhood; Etiology; High-Risk; Psychopathology
Kuramoto, S.J., Stuart, E., Runeson, B., Lichtenstein, P., Langstrom, N. & Wilcox, H.C., Maternal versus Paternal Suicide and Offspring Risk of Hospitalization for Psychiatric Disorders and Suicide Attempt. Pediatrics. 2010 Nov;126(5):e1026-32.
Horwitz, SM, Heinberg, LJ, Storfer-Isser, A, Barnes, DH, Smith, M., Kapur, R., Findling, R., Currier, G., Wilcox, HC, Wilkens, W. Teaching physicians to assess suicidal youth presenting to the Emergency Department. In press,
Roth, K B, Borges, G., Medina-Mora, M.E., Orozco, R. Ouéda, C., Wilcox HC. Depressed Mood and Antisocial Behavior Problems as Risk Factors for Suicide-Related Behaviors in Mexico. J Psychiatr Res. 2010 Nov 3.
Wilcox, H.C., Caldeira, Vincent, O’Grady, Wish, Arria. Prevalence and Predictors of Persistent Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Plans, and Attempts during College. J Affect Disord. 2010 Dec;127(1-3):287-94.
Wilcox, H.C., Kuramoto, S.J., Lichtenstein, P., Langstrom, N. Brent, D. & Runeson, B. Psychiatric Morbidity, Violent Crime and Suicide among Children Exposed to Early Parental Death: Long-term Longitudinal Total Population Study in Sweden. JAACAP, 2010;49(5):514-23.