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

Research Interests

Maternal and Child Health; Prenatal Care; Teen pregnancy and STD risk; Obesity and chronic disease prevention; Community engaged research; Interventions; Randomized controlled trials


Research Summary

Jeannette R. Ickovics is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and of Psychology at Yale University. She was the Founding Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health (2000-2012). Dr. Ickovics is Director of CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement -- committed to bringing "evidence to action" to improve health. She is also Deputy Director for the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, where she served as Director of Training since its inception from 1999-2014.

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 is an expert on maternal and child health and community health with a focus on large-scale prevention interventions. Her community-engaged research -- funded by more than $25 million dollars in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private foundations -- is characterized by methodological rigor and cultural sensitivity. She is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, and recipient of numerous awards for her research and community engagement.


Selected Publications

  • Rosenthal L, Earnshaw VA, Lewis JB, Lewis TT, Reid AE, Stasko EC, Tobin JN & Ickovics JR. Discrimination across pregnancy and postpartum: Age differences and consequences for mental health. American Journal of Public Health. (In press)
  • Ickovics JR, Carroll-Scott A, Gilstad-Hayden K, Schwartz M, Peters S, McCaslin C. Health and Academic Achievement: Cumulative Effects of Health Assets on Standardized Test Scores among Urban Youth in the United States. Journal of School Health. 2014;84:40-48.
  • Santilli AC, Carroll-Scott, A, Wong F, and Ickovics JR. Urban youth go 3,000 miles: Engaging and supporting young residents to conduct neighborhood asset mapping. American Journal of Public Health. 2011;101:2207-2210.
  • Kershaw TS, Magriples U, Westdahl C, Rising SS, Ickovics JR. Pregnancy as a window of opportunity for HIV prevention: Effects of an HIV intervention delivered within prenatal care. American Journal of Public Health. 2009;99:2079-86.
  • Ickovics JR, Kershaw TS, Westdahl C, Magriples U, Massey Z, Reynolds H, Rising SS. Group prenatal care reduces preterm birth: results from a multi-site randomized controlled trial. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2007; 110;3303-3309.
  • Gould-Rothberg BE, Magriples U, Kershaw TS, Rising SS, Ickovics JR. Gestational weight gain and subsequent post-partum weight loss among young low-income ethnic minority women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2010 Oct 23.
  • Biello KB, Rawlings J, Carroll-Scott A, Browne R, Ickovics JR. Racial disparities in age of hospitalization. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010;38:54-60.
  • Ickovics JR. “Bundling” HIV prevention: Integrating services to promote synergistic gain. Preventive Medicine. 2008;46:222-225.

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