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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; Director, Program on Climate Change and Urban Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health



Jeannette R. Ickovics is the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. She served as Dean of Faculty at Yale-NUS College in Singapore from 2018-2021, responsible for faculty development and curriculum across the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. At the Yale School of Public Health, Dr. Ickovics was Founding Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health (2002-2012) and Founding Director of CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement as part of Yale's inaugural Clinical and Translational Science Award (2007-2017). She was also Deputy Director for the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS where she was Director of an NIH training program for pre- and post- doctoral fellows for 15 years (now in its 24th year).

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. She has expertise running large, scientifically rigorous clinical trials in community settings. Her community-based research – funded with more than $40 million in grants from the NIH, CDC, and private foundations – is characterized by methodological rigor and cultural sensitivity. In addition to other grants, she has been Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded multi-site randomized controlled trials on an innovative model of group prenatal care, demonstrating >33% reduction in preterm birth and other positive health outcomes for mothers and babies. Based on these results, The United Health Foundation funded a dissemination study of group prenatal care, with an eye toward national scale-up. Dr. Ickovics also was Principal Investigator of a public-private evaluation with Merck for Mothers (evaluating the use of community health workers for pregnant women with chronic disease), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and an NIH-funded randomized controlled obesity prevention trial at 12 middle schools in collaboration with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Health and the New Haven Public Schools. She is author of more than 225 peer-reviewed publications.

Her newest work, funded by NASA, the Rockefeller Foundation, Yale Planetary Solutions, and the Hecht Faculty Network Award at the Yale Institute for Global Health, focuses on climate resilience, health, and equity. She is working in a close transdisciplinary collaboration with the Resilient Cities Network, representing 100 cities and 220 million residents globally, in low-middle and high-income countries. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Eden Project (United Kingdom, educational charity and social enterprise, nature-based solutions). Dr. Ickovics is recipient of national awards and recognition, including most recently the Martha May Elliot Award honoring extraordinary health services to mothers and children from the American Public Health Association (2023), the Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award from the American Psychological Association (2018), and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She is Chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association, and an inaugural member of their Climate Change Advisory Group.

Education & Training

  • DSc
    Muhlenberg College, Honorary (2012)
  • MA
    Yale University, Honorary (2008)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Yale University (1991)
  • PhD
    George Washington University, Applied Social Psychology (1989)
  • BA
    Muhlenberg College, Psychology (1984)


  • Dean of Faculty
    Singapore, Singapore (2018-2021)
    Dean of Faculty
  • Research collaboration
    Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom 2017
    Research and consultation on group medical visits.
  • Research Collaboration
    Detroit, MI, United States; Nashville, TN, United States 2016
    Translational research, group prenatal care

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Martha May Eliot Award - contributions in maternal and child healthAmerican Public Health Association2023
Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine ResearchAcademy of Behavioral Medicine Research2021
Strickland-Daniel Mentoring AwardAmerican Psychological Association2018
Outstanding Community Partner Award (Partner for Health Change), 2016New Haven Public Schools2016
Master Lecturer, 2015American Psychological Association, Board of Scientific Affairs2015
Women of Innovation Award, Research Innovation and Leadership, 2015Connecticut Technology Council2015
CEA Winslow Award, Highest Honor, Leadership in Public Health Practice and Research with Commitment to Social Justice, 2015Connecticut Public Health Association2015
Winslow Centennial Honor Roll for Excellence and Service, Outstanding Contribution to Public Health,2015Association of Yale Alumni2015
Harvard Health Acceleration Challenge Finalist - Expect With Me recognized as an innovation in health careHarvard Schools of Business and Medicine2014
Hemsley Challenge Finalist, Health Care Innovation for Expect With MeUnited Health Group2014
Healthcare Hero, Community ServiceConnecticut Business News2013
Leadership in Healthcare Award, 2013Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2013
Doctor of Science, Honorary Degree RecipientMuhlenberg College2012
Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Science, 2012Muhlenberg College2012
Yale/Seton Elm and Ivy Award, For outstanding contributions towards improved relations between New Haven and Yale University, for community-based research on women's healthYale University2003
Fellow, Division of Health Psychology (Division 38), Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9)American Psychological Association2002
Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public InterestAmerican Psychological Association2000
Committee on Women in Psychology Distinguished Emerging Leader AwardAmerican Psychological Association1999
National Frontrunner Protegee Award (Science and Humanities)Sara Lee Foundation1999

Professional Service

Scientific Affairs, American Psychological Association (APA)Board Member2022 - Present

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