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Jeannette Ickovics, PhD

Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health; Dean of Faculty, Yale-NUS College; Founding Director, CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement

Research Summary

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 $38 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 180 peer-reviewed publications, and recipient of numerous awards for her research and community engagement.

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

Extensive Research Description

Grant Funding (Selected grants since 2010):

Merck for Mothers. Pregnant Women with Chronic Disease: Evaluating Community-Based Program Models (2016-2019)

Health Research Services Administration. Maternal & Child Health Research (2015-2017)

UnitedHealth Foundation. Developing a Nationally Scalable Model of Group Prenatal Care to Improve Birth Outcomes (2013-2017)

Universal Healthcare, CT Health and Donaghue Foundations. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: "Real Time" Assessment (2013-2014)

Newman's Own Foundation. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Project (2012-2013)

The Aetna Foundation. Childhood Obesity: Exploring the Role of Environmental Context on Risk Behaviors and Health Outcomes (2011-2013)

National Institute of Child and Human Development. School Wellness Policy: RCT to Implement & Evaluate Impact on Childhood Obesity in Collaboration with New Haven Public Schools and the Rudd Center on Food Policy & Obesity (2011-2017)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using Getting to Outcomes (2011-2014)

The Kresge Foundation, Emerging and Promising Practices. A Comprehensive Multi-Sector Approach to Improve Community Health. (2010-2013)

The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. Community Interventions for Health (2008-2015)

National Institute of Mental Health. Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) (2008-2018)

National Center for Research Resources. University-Community Interface Regarding Research and Translation/Dissemination Initiatives (2006-2011)

National Institute of Mental Health. Integrating Prenatal Care to Reduce HIV: A Translational Study (2006-2013)


Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Community Health Services; Epidemiology; Obesity; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care; Urban Health

Public Health Interests

Clinical Trials; Community Health; Obesity; Reproduction; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice

Selected Publications