Jeannette R Ickovics PhD
Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology; Director, Community Alliance for Research & Engagement (CARE); Deputy Director and Director of Training, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS
Teen pregnancy and STI risk; Chronic disease prevention; Community engaged research; Interventions; Randomized controlled trials
Jeannette R. Ickovics is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and of Psychology at Yale University. She is Founding Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health (2002-2012). Dr. Ickovics is Director of CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, and Deputy Director for the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS where she has been Director of an NIH pre- and post-doctoral training program since 1999. Dr. Ickovics’ research investigates the interplay of complex biomedical, behavioral, social and psychological factors that influence individual and community health. She uses this lens to examine challenges faced by those often marginalized by the health care system and by society. Dr. Ickovics has expertise in running large, scientifically rigorous clinical trials in a community setting. Her community-based research – funded with more than $20 million in grants from the NIH, CDC, and private foundations – is characterized by methodological rigor and cultural sensitivity. She has held important academic and community leadership positions for the past decade, honing her leadership skills and expertise. As Director of CARE, she is seen as a trusted and respected collaborator, particularly within New Haven Public Schools. Through her work at CARE, she has successfully secured New Haven as the first US site of Community Interventions for Health, a multi-national, multi-sectoral research collaborative focused on the prevention of chronic diseases world-wide. Currently, she is PI of two NIH-funded randomized controlled trials. One is an obesity prevention trial at 12 schools in collaboration with the Rudd Center and the New Haven Public Schools. The second is a trial promoting reproductive health among pregnant teens and young women (ages 14-21) in 14 community health centers and hospitals. She is the recipient of national awards and recognition, and is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications.