Jeannette R Ickovics, PhD is the Dean of Faculty at Yale-NUS College. In her role, she oversees faculty development, academic programmes and curriculum. She is dedicated to faculty mentoring, excellence in teaching and research, and building a strong community among faculty, students and staff, alumni and parents at Yale-NUS College.
Professor Ickovics has been at Yale University for nearly 30 years, serving most recently as the Associate Dean for Strategic Advancement at the Yale School of Public Health. She is the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Professor Ickovics was the Founding Director of CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, and 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.
Professor 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 marginalised by the health care system and by society. Her research is characterised by methodological rigour, cultural sensitivity and innovation. She has been the Principal Investigator of large randomised controlled trials funded by the United States National Institutes of Health on an innovative model of group prenatal care, resulting in statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in health outcomes for mothers and babies. Her research on chronic disease prevention has addressed risks among pregnant women as well as the health of adults and children in neighbourhoods and schools. Professor Ickovics is the recipient of national awards and recognition, and is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.
Professor Ickovics is from a “liberal arts family”, having received her own undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College and her PhD in Social Psychology from George Washington University. Her husband Tyler Thorpe received his undergraduate degree from St Olaf College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Their older son is a student at Williams College, and their younger son is a student at the Singapore American School.
As she has done throughout her career, Professor Ickovics looks forward to collaborative engagement and to nurturing the health, vitality and resilience of the Yale-NUS College community.