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Scott Ickes

Assistant Professor

Office: Adair Hall 114
Phone: 221-1902
Email: [[sbickes]]

Area of Specialization

Public Health Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Global Health


Scott Ickes is a professor of international nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. His research focuses on understanding the causes of poor nutrition, and in identifying and testing innovative methods for promoting maternal and child health. His past and current research projects have been located in Uganda, Malawi, and the Southeastern United States. Dr. Ickes co-directs the public health minor and directs the Public Health Nutrition Lab. His research group involves William and Mary students in multiple interdisciplinary research studies. Current projects include 1) understanding the determinants of parental involvement in child nutrition programs; 2) testing the impact of ready-to-use foods on cognitive development among  children suffering from severe malnutrition; and 3) modeling the role of maternal empowerment on child feeding and nutrition outcomes in countries with a high prevalence of child growth faltering.

curriculum vitae

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Cornell University, 2010-2011 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, 2010
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • B.S., The College of William and Mary, 2004
Courses Taught
  • Foundations of Epidemiology (KINE 270)
  • Introduction to Public Health (KINE 280)
  • Sustainable Water (ENSP 250)
  • Science of Nutrition (KINE 350)
  • International Nutrition (KINE 460)
  • Independent Study in Kinesiology & Health Sciences (KINE 470, 471)
  • Kinesiology & Health Sciences Research (KINE 480, 481)
  • Ickes SB, Dolan CB, Roberts AC. Parental support of a school-based physical activity and nutrition promotion program: a qualitative study among low-income families in eastern Virginia.Forthcoming, Health Promotion Practice, 2015.
  • Ickes SB, Flax V, HurstTE. Maternal literacy, facility birth, and education are positively associated with better infant and young child feeding practices and nutritional status among Ugandan children. Forthcoming Journal of Nutrition, 2015.
  • Ickes SB, Parks BC, Trichler R. Building a Stronger System for tracking nutrition sensitive spending: a methodology and estimate of global spending for nutrition-sensitive foreign aid. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, December 2015.
  • Hsieh JC, Liu L, Zeilani M, Ickes SB, Trehan I, Maleta K, Craig C*, Thakwalakwa C, Singh L, Brenna JT, Manary MJ. High oleic ready-to-use therapeutic food maintains docosahexaenoic acid status in severe acute malnutrition: A randomized, Blinded Trial. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2015. Epub ahead of print.
  • Ickes SB, Adair LS, Thirumurthy H, Myhre JA, Bentley ME, Jilcott SB, Handa S, Ammerman AS. Impact of Lipid-Based Nutrient (LNS) supplementation on childrens diet adequacy in western Uganda. In press; Maternal and Child Nutrition.
  • Jones A, Ickes SB, Smith LE, Mduduzi MNN, Chasekwa B, Heidkamp RA, Menon P, Zongrone AA, Stoltzfus RJ. (2014) Reply to correspondence: is the strength of association between indicators of dietary quality and the nutritional status of children being underestimated? Maternal and Child Nutrition. 10(1):161-162.
  • Jones A, Ickes SB, Smith LE, Mduduzi MNN, Chasekwa B, Heidkamp RA, Menon P, Zongrone AA, Stoltzfus RJ. World Health Organization infant and young child feeding indicators and their associations with child growth:  a synthesis of recent findings. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2014; 10(1)1-17.
  • Leone LA, Beth D, Ickes SB, MacGuire K, Nelson E, Andrew-Smith R, Tate DF, Ammerman AS. Attitudes towards Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Farmers' Market Usage among Low-income North Carolinians. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2012; 7(1): 64-76.
  • Ickes SB, Jilcott SB, Adair LS, Bentley ME, Thirumurthy H, Myhre JA, Ammerman AS. Examination of barriers and facilitators to home-based supplemental feeding with ready-to-use-food for underweight children in western Uganda.  Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2012; 8(1):115-129.
  • Jilcott SB, Ickes SB, Myhre JA, Ammerman AS. Iterative design, implementation and evaluation of a supplemental feeding program for underweight children ages 6 -59 months in western Uganda. Maternal and Child Health. 2010;14: 299-306.
  • Ammerman AS, Farrely MA, Cavallo D, Ickes SB, Hoerger T. Health Economics in Public Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009; 36(3):273-275.
  • Yeh MC, Ickes SB, Lowenstein LM, Shuval K, Ammerman AS, Farris R, Katz D. Understanding barriers and facilitators of fruit and vegetable consumption among a diverse multi-ethnic population in the United States. Health Promotion International. 2008; (1):42-51.
  • Jilcott SB, Masso KA, Ickes SB, Myhre SD, Myhre JA. Surviving but Not Quite Thriving: Anthropometric Survey of Children Aged 6 to 59 Months in a Rural Western Uganda District.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2007; 107 (11): 1983-1988.
  • Gaskins ND, Sloane PD, Mitchell CM, Ammerman AS, Ickes SB, Williams CS.  Poor Nutritional Habits: A Modifiable Predecessor of Chronic Illness?  A North Carolina Family Medicine Research Network Study. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2007; 20(2):124-134.
Fellowships & Grants


  • Williamsburg Community Health Foundation "Promoting parent engagement in school-based child nutrition and physical activity programs", 2011-2012
  • National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Training Grant, Fellowship in Maternal and Child Nutrition, 2010-2011
  • ORC Macro, Demographic Health Survey Population Health Fellowship, “Determining the relationship between Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices and Nutritional Status among Uganda children”, 2009-2010
  • UNC Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship, “Assessment of supplemental feeding with ready-to-use-food among underweight Ugandan children”, 2009
  • UNC Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship, as above, 2009
  • UNC Graduate School Research Travel Grant, “Assessing the nutritional content of common complementary foods consumed by Ugandan children”, 2009
  • UNC Smith Graduate Research Grant, as above, 2008
  • GlaxoSmithKline Duke-UNC Global Health Research Grant, “Evaluation of community-based effort to treat undernutrition in western Uganda”, 2008
  • UNC Center for Public Service, Entrepreneurship-Public Service Grant, as above, 2008
  • National Institutes of Health Pre-doctoral Nutrition Training Grant, 2005-2006


  • Gillings Innovation Lab “Linking local, sustainable farming, and health: can eating local address obesity, the environment, and economic viability?” UNC School of Public Health, 2008-2010
  • Research Triangle International-University of North Carolina Center for Excellence in Health Promotion Economics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005-2008
  • Preventing Childhood Obesity through Primary Care, National Institutes of Health, 2005-2010
Co-Principal Investigator (with Bradley C. Parks)                                         04/2013-06/2014

Canadian International Development Agency

Scaling Up Nutrition Resource tracking

This project  support the nutrition resource tracking work of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement by developing and executing a methodology to track external development assistance aimed at improving undernutrition, and deliver recommendations to improve nutrition resource tracking over the long term. ($270, 813)

  • Reviewer, Maternal and Child Nutrition Journal
  • Reviewer, Journal of Latin American Studies