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Holly C. Wilcox, PhD

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624 N. Broadway
Room 801
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2003
MA, New York University, 1998
BS, Northeastern University, 1991


Holly C. Wilcox, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with joint appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management as well as the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Education. Much of her work involves population-based research on suicidal behaviors, the evaluation of impact of community-based universal prevention programs targeting suicidal behaviors, and data linkage strategies to inform suicide prevention.

She is involved in suicide prevention research in schools, universities, emergency departments, and other settings. She mentors students, teaches courses in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and leads a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental suicide prevention work group at Johns Hopkins.

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
  • Prevention
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Adolescent Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Universal Interventions

Selected publications from the last 5 years on the effectiveness of community-based universal prevention programs embedded into service sectors and data linkage to inform suicide prevention.

  • DeVylder JE, Ryan TC, Cwik M, Wilson ME, Jay SY, Nestadt PS, Goldstein M, Wilcox HC. Assessment of Selective and Universal Screening for Suicide Risk in a Pediatric Emergency Department, JAMA Network Open. 2019 Oct 2;2(10):e1914070.
  • Decker MR, Wilcox HC, Holliday CN, Webster DW.An Integrated Public Health Approach to Interpersonal Violence and Suicide Prevention and Response. Public Health Rep. 2018 Nov/Dec;133(1_suppl):65S-79S.
  • Swartz K, Musci RJ, Beaudry MB, Heley K, Miller L, Alfes C, Townsend L, Thornicroft G, Wilcox HC. School-Based Curriculum to Improve Depression Literacy Among US Secondary School Students: A Randomized Effectiveness Trial. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec;107(12):1970-1976.
  • Musci RJ, Kharrazi H, Wilson RF, Susukida R, Gharghabi F, Zhang A, Wissow L, Robinson KA, Wilcox HC. The study of effect moderation in youth suicide-prevention studies. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2018 Aug 7. doi: 10.1007/s00127-018-1574-2.
  • Wilcox HC, Kharrazi H, Wilson RF, Musci RJ, Susukida R, Gharghabi F, Zhang A, Wissow L, Robinson KA. Data Linkage Strategies to Advance Youth Suicide Prevention: A Systematic Review for a National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Dec 6;165(11):779-785.