Melinda Ickes PhD
Associate Professor

Melinda Ickes received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Dr. Ickes is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Education. She has a joint appointment in the College of Nursing and is a Faculty Associate of the BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) research team, serving as Co-Director of the Tobacco Policy Research Program and Director of Go Tobacco-free. Dr. Ickes and her colleagues have assisted over 400 campuses and organizations work toward tobacco-free policies. 

Dr. Ickes has extensive experience in college and youth health promotion, including tobacco prevention, and has worked with university and community partners to reduce the prevalence of emerging tobacco products among at-risk youth and young adults. Dr. Ickes also works closely with community and state partners on youth policy advocacy initiatives.

Dr. Ickes is currently the Co-Chair of University of Kentucky's Tobacco-free Campus Committee. She is also very active in professional organizations, including Chair of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) University Faculty Community of Practice and SOPHE State Health Policy Expert. 

Contact Information

Phone: 859-257-5826

Email: melinda.ickes@uky.edu

Office: 100 Seaton Center


PhD, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, University of Cincinnati, 2010
MEd, Health Promotion and Education, University of Cincinnati, 2003
BS, Health Physical Education and Recreation, Wright State University, 2002


Dr. Melinda Ickes' CV