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Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D.

Holly Wilcox

Associate Professor
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
550 North Broadway, Room 921
Baltimore, Md 21205


Johns Hopkins University

Special Interests:

Suicide etiology and prevention
Developmental Psychopathology


Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D. has a joint faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Wilcox is a psychiatric epidemiologist primarily focused on the prevention of suicide.  She is the principal investigator of a large randomized trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the effectiveness of a universal depression education program delivered in high schools on reducing mental health stigma and increasing mental health service utilization.  In addition, she has been involved in the evaluation of the long-term impact of the Good Behavior Game intervention and suicide prevention approaches such as suicide risk screening in schools and emergency departments.  She is also involved in the Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC), a multisite project aimed at integrating primary care and specialized mental health services for children exposed to trauma as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Wilcox is co-chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Group of the National Network of Depression Centers, a \non-profit 501(c)(3) network of 21 leading clinical and academic Centers of Excellence in the U.S. working to transform the field of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders. She teaches a course (Suicide as a Public Health Problem) in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has published extensively on the epidemiology, etiology and prevention of suicidal behaviors. 

Selected Publications:

  • Wilcox HC, Kellam SG, Brown CH, Poduska J, Ialongo NS, Anthony JC. The Impact of Two Universal Randomized First- and Second-grade Classroom Interventions on Young Adult Suicidality. Drug & Alcohol Dependence. 2008; 95 Suppl 1: S60-73.
  • Scott M, Wilcox HC, Huo J, Turner JB, Fisher P, Shaffer D. School-Based Screening for Suicide Risk: Balancing Costs and Benefits. American Journal of Public Health. 2010; 100(9): 1648-1652.
  • Wilcox HC, Kuramoto SJ, Lichtenstein P, Langstrom N, Brent D, Runeson B. Psychiatric Morbidity, Violent Crime and Suicide among Children Exposed to Early Parental Death: Long-term Longitudinal Total Population Study in Sweden. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2010; 49(5): 514-523.
  • Wilcox HC, Kuramoto SJ, Brent D, Runeson B. The interaction of parental history of suicidal behavior and exposure to adoptive parents' psychiatric disorders on adoptee suicide attempt hospitalizations.  American Journal of Psychiatry. 2012; 169(3): 309-315.
  • Kuramoto  SJ, Runeson B, Stuart E,   Lichtenstein P, Wilcox HC.  Time to hospitalization for suicide attempt by the timing of parental suicide during offspring early development. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;70(2):149-57.

Phone: 410-502-0629

Fax: 410-955-8691

Email: hwilcox1@jhmi.edu