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

Teen pregnancy and STI risk; 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 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.


Selected Publications

  • Ickovics JR, Carroll-Scott A, Gilstad-Hayden K, Peters S, McCaslin C. Health and Academic Achievement: Cumulative Effects of Health Promoting Factors on Standardized Test Scores among Urban Youth in the United States. Journal of School Health. (In press)
  • Kallem S, Carroll-Scott A, Rosenberg L, Chen E, Peters SM, McCaslin C, Ickovics JR. "Shift-and-Persist”: A Protective Factor for Elevated BMI among Low Socioeconomic Status Children," Obesity. (In press.)
  • 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. “Bundling” HIV prevention: Integrating services to promote synergistic gain. Preventive Medicine. 2008;46:222-225.
  • 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.

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