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Holly Wilcox

Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine
School of Education

Holly Wilcox, PhD '03, MS, uses research to advance public health approaches to suicide prevention, including policies, early intervention, and chain of care approaches.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Room 801

Research Interests

Suicide; Prevention; Depression; Interpersonal Violence; Adolescent Health; Health Disparities; Universal Interventions
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins University
New York University
Northeastern University
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 & 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
Select Publications
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.