Icard has been appointed Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Icard has published numerous articles and book chapters on the health of racial and sexual minorities and the design of outreach strategies targeting socially disadvantaged populations.
Icard, who was nominated for a U.S. Presidential Award as Outstanding Promising Researcher, is currently investigating family-based interventions to reduce the spread of HIV among African-Americans. He is the recipient of a five-year National Institute of Mental Health grant that tests methods to reduce risk by targeting the African American family.
At the Penn School of Social Work, Icard teaches courses on human behavior and research methods. He weny to Penn from the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle, where he served as an associate professor and acting director of the School's Ph.D. program.
Prior to that, Icard was an assistant-associate professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work, where he chaired the baccalaureate program and was acting director of the School. He was also an assistant professor at the West Virginia University School of Social Work in Morgantown and began his academic career as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin in Superior, Wisconsin.
Icard earned his doctorate at the Columbia University School of Social Work and an MSW from West Virginia University in Morgantown. His bachelor's degree in sociology is from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Icard serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Social Work, and the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Service. He is a member of the Council on Social Work Education and is immediate past co-chairperson of the Commission on Lesbians and Gays, Council on Social Work Education in Washington, D.C. Icard's publications include: Counseling Black Gay Men and Black Gay Men and Conflicting Identities.