Dr. Jordan DeVylder, Assistant Professor
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Jordan DeVylder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has been on faculty since 2014. He received his MSW and PhD in Social Work from Columbia University, and MS in Cognition & Brain Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. DeVylder’s research is focused on preventive mental health, with a particular focus on psychosis and suicide. His research on the clinical significance of early psychotic symptoms has been published in leading social work and psychiatry journals. He is currently developing a training intervention to raise awareness of first-episode psychosis and psychosis-risk among practicing social workers in Maryland, in an effort to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis (time from psychosis onset until treatment initiation) from the current average of 2 years down to the clinical standard of 3 months. He also authored a working paper entitled “Prevention of Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness” for the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. In suicide prevention research, he has focused on identifying prospective predictors of suicide attempts among various high-risk populations, including college students with suicidal ideation and adolescents receiving emergency medical services.
Dr. DeVylder teaches SOWK 765 Nature of Health & Illness, and SOWK 670 Social Work Research, and SOWK 789 Causal Beliefs and Stigma in Behavioral Health. He also serves on the Research Curriculum and Global Initiatives Committees, on the advisory board for the BHWISE Fellows Program, and as a Consulting Editor for the journal Social Work.
MS, Georgia Institute of Technology
MS; MPhil; PhD, Columbia University
Early intervention for psychosis
Social & biological determinants of mental health
DeVylder, J.E., Lehmann, M., & Chen, F. (in press). Social and Clinical Correlates of the Persistence of Psychotic Experiences in the General Population. Schizophrenia Research.
DeVylder, J.E., & Hilimire, M.R. (2015). Suicide risk, stress sensitivity, and self-esteem among young adults reporting auditory hallucinations. Health & Social Work, 40, 175-181.
DeVylder, J.E., Lukens, E.P., Link, B.G., & Lieberman, J.A. (2015). Suicidal behavior among individuals with sub-threshold psychotic experiences: data from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys. JAMA Psychiatry, 72, 219-225.
DeVylder, J.E., Muchomba, F.M., Gill, K.E., Ben-David, S., Walder, D.J., Malaspina, D., & Corcoran, C.M. (2014). Symptom trajectories and psychosis onset in a clinical high risk cohort: the relevance of disorganized communication. Schizophrenia Research, 159, 278-283.
DeVylder, J.E., Burnette, D., & Yang, L.H. (2014). Comorbidity of psychotic experiences and common mental health conditions across four racially and ethnically diverse population samples. Psychological Medicine, 44, 3503-3513.