Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D., M.A.

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  • Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests

Suicide Prevention


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 University Schools of Medicine and Education. Dr. Wilcox uses research to advance public health approaches to suicide prevention, including policies, early intervention and chain-of-care approaches. She helped establish a multidisciplinary research group on suicide prevention at Johns Hopkins that has been awarded the Team Science Award from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Wilcox serves as president of the International Academy of Suicide Research and on the Scientific Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is co-chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Group of the National Network of Depression Centers, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) network of 28 leading clinical and academic Centers of Excellence in the U.S. working to transform the field of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders. Wilcox is an affiliate investigator with the Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention of the Black Dog Institute in Australia. She teaches a course (Suicide As a Public Health Problem) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has published extensively on the epidemiology, etiology and prevention of suicidal behaviors.

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  • Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) (2003)
  • M.A.; New York University (New York) (1998)
  • B.S.; Northeastern University (Massachusetts) (1991)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Wilcox HC, Pas E, Murray S, Kahn G, DeVinney A, Bhakta S, Rosenbaum L, Hart LM. Effectiveness of teen Mental Health First Aid in Improving Teen-to-Teen Support Among American Adolescents. J Sch Health. 2023 Jul 9. doi: 10.1111/josh.13364. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37424234.

DeVylder JE, Ryan TC, Cwik M, Wilson ME, Jay S, Nestadt PS, Goldstein M, Wilcox HC. Assessment of Selective and Universal Screening for Suicide Risk in a Pediatric Emergency Department. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Oct 2;2(10):e1914070. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14070. PMID: 31651971; PMCID: PMC6822088.

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. doi: 10.7326/M16-1281. Epub 2016 Oct 4. PMID: 27699389.

Wilcox HC, Storr CL, Breslau N. Posttraumatic stress disorder and suicide attempts in a community sample of urban american young adults. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009 Mar;66(3):305-11. doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2008.557. PMID: 19255380; PMCID: PMC6003890.

Wilcox HC, Kellam SG, Brown CH, Poduska JM, Ialongo NS, Wang W, Anthony JC. The impact of two universal randomized first- and second-grade classroom interventions on young adult suicide ideation and attempts. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2008 Jun 1;95 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S60-73. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2008.01.005. Epub 2008 Mar 7. PMID: 18329189; PMCID: PMC2637412.

Contact for Research Inquiries

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Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Investigating the Why of Suicide, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, May 2023

Investigating the Why of Suicide: Maryland’s New Suicide Fatality Review Committee (PODCAST), July 2023

Window of Opportunity: Addressing Teen Suicide Starts in Childhood, Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health, Summer 2019

NIH Panel Unveils New Plan to Stop Youth Suicide, Medscape, October 2016

Straight Story on Cutting, Hopkins Brain Wise, Winter 2012

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