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Suicide Prevention Working Group

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Core Faculty

Holly C. Wilcox, PhD

Co-Director, Suicide Prevention Working Group

Dr. Holly Wilcox 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.  Holly uses research to advance public health approaches to suicide prevention, including policies, early intervention, and chain of care approaches. Holly serves as President of the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) and on the Scientific Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Holly is an Affiliate Investigator with the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention of the Black Dog Institute in Australia. 

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Paul S. Nestadt, MD

Co-Director, Suicide Prevention Working Group

Dr. Paul Nestadt is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Nestadt's research focuses on the epidemiology of suicide. He is interested in the role of practical factors, such as firearm access and opiate use, in the risk of suicide death. His methodological expertise includes large scale regression based data analysis, post-mortem clinical evaluation, and evaluation of determination of manner of death. He also works with the OCD genetics group and the broader suicide prevention workgroup at Johns Hopkins.

Leslie Adams, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Adams researches the intersection of gender, race, and mental health to examine socially-determined mental health disparities in Black communities. 

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Kiara Álvarez, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Álvarez is a health services researcher and psychologist whose work focuses on mental health equity for adolescents and young adults. Kiara holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has particular interests in the prevention of youth suicidal behavior, the mental health and well-being of Latinx and immigrant youth and their families, and the integration of behavioral health care across clinical and community settings serving youth.

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Alan L. Berman, PhD (Lanny)

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Bearman is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Between 1995 and 2014 he served as Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Prior to this he attained the rank of tenured full professor of psychology at American University (1969-1991) and was named Director of the National Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the Washington School of Psychiatry (1991-1995).   He is a Past-President of the AAS (1984-1985) and of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (2009-2013).  He is the AAS’s 1982 Shneidman Award recipient (for Outstanding Contributions in Research in Suicidology), and 2006 Louis I. Dublin Award recipient (for outstanding service and contributions to the field of suicide prevention).  A Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the International Academy for Suicide Research, Dr. Berman maintains a private practice of psychological and forensic consultation in Chevy Chase, MD.  He has published over 135 professional articles and book chapters and has edited/authored 8 books.

John V. Campo, MD

Professor

Dr. John V. Campo is the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, and is the Director of Mental Health for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Vice President of Psychiatric Services at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Campo’s research interests include the study and prevention of suicide, the integration of mental health services within general medical settings, mental health services and policy research, and the relationship between somatic symptoms and mental disorders.

Mary F. Cwik, PhD, MA

Senior Scientist

Dr. Cwik is a Licensed Psychologist and an Associate Scientist and Associate Director 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.

Emily E. Haroz, PhD, MHS, MA

Associate Scientist

Dr. Haroz researches the implementation of mental health and suicide prevention programs, particularly in partnership with Indigenous communities.

Hadi Kharrazi, MD, PhD, MHI

Associate Professor

Dr. Kharrazi studies the role of data science, informatics, and predictive models in managing healthcare utilization while improving health outcomes.

Eric Slade, PhD

Professor

Dr. Slade is a health economist with expertise in public insurance programs, serious mental illness, preventive interventions, and advanced econometric methods for causal inference. His research uses surveys and large administrative datasets to assess how health care financing systems and policies influence service use, costs, and health outcomes.

Affiliated Faculty

Alison Athey, PhD

Assistant Professor

Alison Athey, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and a part-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Scientist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is an Associate Behavioral Scientist at The RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on responding to life-threatening behaviors, especially suicide. Dr. Athey has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to study risk for suicide and overdose, suicide postvention, and healthcare access among high-risk groups. She uses a range of methods drawn from psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, and community-based participatory research. In her clinical work, Dr. Athey works with adults who experience serious mental illness, substance misuse, trauma, and bereavement.

Diana E. Clarke, PhD

Assistant Professor - Adjunct

Dr. Clarke is a highly experienced epidemiologist, research statistician and educator with a 15-year history of working with academic institutions, specialty organizations, behavioral health agencies and hospitals. Dr. Clarke is skilled in research and analytic methods, survey design and implementation, performance metrics and evaluation, prevention science, clinical, psychiatric and social epidemiology research, scientific and grant writing, development and implementation of integrated multi-user electronic data capture systems for clinical, administrative and research purposes and data management and analyses. Her work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters and presented at numerous national and international conferences to varying audiences.

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., MD

Professor

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D. is a University Distinguished Service Professor and Co-Director of the Mood Disorder Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He founded the Hopkins Affective Disorders Clinic in 1977 and grew it into a multifaceted program that led patient care, teaching and research on depression and bipolar disorder at Johns Hopkins. Dr. DePaulo was the Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Psychiatrist in Chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2002 until 2016. Dr. DePaulo’s research interests focus on clinical assessment, diagnosis, causes and treatments of mood disorders. His research group led several early genetic studies of bipolar disorder and unipolar depression.

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Shannon Frattaroli, PhD

Professor

Dr. Frattaroli translates evidence about injury and violence prevention into policies and practices that will create safe places for people to thrive.

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, MA

Professor

Dr. Jamison is the Co-Director of the Mood Disorders Center and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

Elizabeth A. Kastelic, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kastelic is the Director of University Mental Health Services and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

Paul Kim, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Paul Kim is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Leslie Miller, MD

Associate Professor

Dr. Leslie Miller is an Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is the director and developer of the Mood Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults Program (MAP). This program provides a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment combining evidence-based pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions. Her commitment to clinical excellence was recognized by the institution in receiving the inaugural Dean's Clinical Excellence Award for Excellence in Service and Professionalism. She recently completed an NIH K23 career development award which focused on the development of an adaptation of interpersonal psychotherapy for youth with a newly defined mood disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

Karen L. Swartz, MD

Professor

Dr. Swartz is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

Patrick T. Triplett, MD

Associate Professor

Dr. Triplett is the clinical director for the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He specializes in suicide risk evaluation as well as geriatric psychiatry.

Carol Vidal, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Carol Vidal is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of clinical expertise is child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Vidal earned her M.D. and Ph.D. from Autonomous University of Barcelona - Faculty of Medicine in Barcelona, Spain and an MPH from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She completed residency in psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical System and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical System.

Medical Students and Residents

  • Kathryn Blair, MD (kblair10@jhmi.edu)
  • Matthew Kelly, PhD, MPH (mkelly91@jhmi.edu)
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PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Jean Flores, DrPH (mflore18@jh.edu)
  • Luke Grosvenor, PhD (lgrosve1@jhu.edu)
  • Marcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN (mhende35@jhu.edu)
  • Amelia Noor-Oshiro, MPH (anooros1@jhu.edu) 
  • Paul Rebman, MPH (prebman1@jhmi.edu)
  • Krystal Wang (xwang316@jhu.edu)

Masters Students

  • Anitha Iyer (aiyerko1@jhmi.edu) 
  • Michelle Jennett (mjennet1@jhmi.edu)
  • Landon Krantz (lkrantz3@jhmi.edu) 
  • Alison Kwok (akwok2@jhmi.edu) 
  • Aneri Pattani (apattan1@jhmi.edu) 
  • Ashley Witmer (awitmer2@jhu.edu)
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Our Staff

  • Aubrey DeVinney (adevinn2@jhmi.edu) 
  • Darla Still, PhD (darla.still@jhmi.edu)