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Mary Cwik, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • International Health (Primary)
    • Division: Social and Behavioral Interventions
  • School of Medicine (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliations

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415 N. Washington Street
4th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21231


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PhD, Southern Illinois University, 2005
MA, Southern Illinois University, 2002
BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1995


Mary F. Cwik, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist and an Associate Scientist at the Center for American Indian Health in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has a joint appointment in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Cwik has conducted research in suicide, substance use and trauma, focusing on preventing Native American mental health disparities for the past 10 years. Dr. Cwik’s research, in collaboration with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, has helped to identify unique risk factors impacting these disparities, the importance of protective factors including cultural identity, and promising interventions associated with a reduction in the Apache suicide rate. Mary has expertise in community academic partnerships, developing mental health interventions for different cultural contexts, training community mental health specialists, screening, surveillance (Apache model recognized by SAMHSA, Indian Health Service/IHS and the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), mixed methods designs, RCTs, and Emergency Department settings. Dr. Cwik has received two teaching excellence citations and serves on the APA Committee on Human Research, Suicide Prevention Resource Center steering committee, and Zero Suicide National Implementation Team for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Dr. Cwik’s current projects include: SAMHSA Apache suicide prevention grant (PI), NIH NARCH grant on the social networks of Apache youth (PI), multi-site NIMH grant on youth suicide screening (site PI), departmental pilot grant on text message follow-up for suicidal youth (PI), SAMHSA Maryland suicide prevention grant (Co-I), and trauma informed care learning collaborative through IHS (content expert). She also is the lead on foundation awards, technical assistance contracts and grants to work with: San Carlos Apache (AZ), Northwest Indian College (WA), Colville Confederated Tribes (WA), Hualapai Tribe (AZ), Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD), Navajo Nation (NM), and Cherokee Nation (OK). Mary completed a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University (1999), Ph.D (2005) in Child Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and postdoctoral fellowship (2008) in the Johns Hopkins Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Honors and Awards

Doctoral Fellowship, 2002-2004; Masters Fellowship, 2001-2002; Polish Heritage Scholarship, 1999-2000; Morris Goldseker Scholarship, 1999-2000; Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society; Golden Key National Honor Society; Phi Beta Kappa Society

  • psychology
  • mental health
  • suicide
  • self-injury
  • depression
  • American Indian health

Most recent first author publications

  • Cwik, M, Tingey, L, Maschino, A, Goklish, N, Larzelere-Hinton, F, Walkup, J and Barlow, A. “Decreases in Suicide Deaths and Attempts linked to the White Mountain Apache Suicide Surveillance and Prevention System, 2001-2012.” AJPH, published online 13 Oct 2016.
  • Cwik MF, Tingey L, Wilkinson R*, Goklish N, Larzelere-Hinton F, Barlow A. “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings: An Opportunity for Identification and Connection to Care in American Indian Communities.” Archives of Suicide Research, published online 24 Feb 2016: 402-411.
  • Cwik MF, Tingey L, Lee A, Suttle R, Lake K, Walkup J, Barlow A. “Development and piloting of a brief intervention for suicidal American Indian adolescents.” American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 2016, 1: 105-124.
  • Cwik MF, Barlow A, Tingey L, Goklish N, Larzelere-Hinton F, Craig M, Walkup JT (2015). “Exploring risk and protective factors with a community sample of American Indian adolescents who attempted suicide.” Archives of Suicide Research, 19(2), 172-89. PMID: 25909321
  • Cwik, M, Barlow, A, Goklish, N, Larzelere-Hinton, F, Tingey, L, Craig, M, Lupe, R, Walkup, JT (2014). “Community-based surveillance and case management for suicide prevention: A tribally initiated system.” American Journal of Public Health, 104 Suppl 3, e18-23. PMID: 24754618