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Dr. Melinda Ickes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Dr. Ickes teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health promotion at the University of Kentucky including: Program Planning, Health Promotion and Behavior Change, and College Health Promotion. Dr. Ickes is a faculty associate for the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, and the Director of both Tobacco-free Take Action! and Go Tobacco-free, two initiatives to promote tobacco-free campuses. Her research interests are in the areas of tobacco control, college health promotion, and childhood obesity prevention. Dr. Ickes is an active member of SOPHE, as a Co-Chair of the University Faculty Community of Practice and a State Health Policy expert. She also maintains health promotion collaborations with community-based organizations, such as the 16th District PTA and their wellness initiatives, along with the local YMCAs and their aims to decrease chronic disease across Kentucky.
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