Dr. Scott Ickes Joins the Nutritional Sciences Program Core Faculty


The Nutritional Sciences Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Ickes, Assistant Professor, to our core faculty. Dr. Ickes received his PhD in Nutrition Intervention and Policy, with a minor in Epidemiology, from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 2010 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Maternal and Child Nutrition at Cornell University in 2011. He was most recently an Assistant Professor of International Nutrition and Public Health in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and co-director of the interdisciplinary minor in Public Health at the College of William and Mary, where he was the Academic Director for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Ickes was awarded the 2009 Global Nutrition Graduate Research Prize from the American Society of Nutrition in recognition of his evaluation of a community nutrition program in Uganda. In 2010, he was a research fellow at the Consortium for Health Oriented Research in Transitioning Societies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2013, he has served as a Global Health Team Member for the AidData Research Consortium, a collaborative research group within the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network.

His research focuses on identifying social determinants of health and addressing health disparities. His research applies nutritional epidemiology and qualitative methods to (1) identify socio-cultural and structural causes of poor maternal and child nutrition and health and (2) develop and evaluate interventions to reduce undernutrition and obesity in disadvantaged populations. His work spans the ecologic framework, from household surveys in the United States and East Africa to comparative multi‑country studies. Dr. Ickes has substantial field experience in community-based nutrition programs and has consulted with UNICEF and the World Food Program in Uganda to develop the evaluation for the national Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illnesses project. A central theme to his work is strengthening women’s health-related decision-making through identifying constraints in maternal agency and developing novel intervention methods to improve support for mothers.

Dr. Ickes will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Nutritional Sciences and will join the UW faculty full-time in January 2016.