Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Irina Grafova, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

  • CV

Socio-economic inequalities in health; health behaviors; financial strain; health policy; healthcare spending,

Dr. Grafova earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She also holds degrees from the New Economic School, Moscow (M.A. Economics) and Moscow State University (B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics).

Research Interests
Dr. Grafova is a health economist and her research agenda focuses on the socio-economic determinants of health, economics of health behaviors, health policy, and health care quality. Socio-economic status and health: Dr. Grafova's work in this area contributes to establishing the causality in the relationship between the socio-economic status and health and explores the dimensions of the socio-economic status beyond the traditional triad of income, wealth, and education. She has a series of work devoted to how various aspects of financial strain, such as revolving credit card debt, emergency fund availability, and financial insolvency are related to health. In her current research Dr. Grafova in collaboration with Dr. Monheit examines family response to economic shocks. In particular, her current work explores how families experiencing an economic shock may, by necessity, be required to prioritize their health care spending among family members and specific health care services. Neighborhood environment and health: Dr. Grafova recent research in this area has explored the impact of environment of neighborhoods where individuals reside on their health with particular attention devoted to self-selection bias. Dr. Grafova research in this area was highlighted by Population Reference Bureau and AJPH press release. Currently, Dr. Grafova collaborates with Dr. Gusmano on a project that explores the impact of neighborhood environment on health outcomes in urban area in middle income countries. Quality of care: In collaboration with Dr. Jarrin and Community Health & Aging Outcomes Laboratory Dr. Grafova is currently engaged in a series of projects that explore quality of end-of-life care for people living with dementia.

Research Highlights

Select Publications
I Grafova,V Freedman,N Lurie,R Kumar,J Rogowski (2014) "The Difference-in-Difference Method: Assessing the Selection Bias in the Effects of Neighborhood Environment on Health", Economics and Human Biology 13(5) 20-33

I Grafova (2015) "Financial Status and Chronic Conditions Onset among Non-Elderly Adults", Review of Economics of the Household 13(5) -

A Monheit ,I Grafova (2017) "Education and Family Healthcare Spending", Southern Economic Journal 85(5) 71-92

M Gusmano ,I Grafova (2018) "Financing Long-Term Care", American Affairs 2(5) 32-40

Scholarly Activities
Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Adhoc Review

Eastern Economic Journal, Adhoc Review

Pediatric Obesity, Adhoc Review

Public Health Reports, Adhoc Review

Journal of Adolescent Health, Adhoc Review

Obesity, Adhoc Review

B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Adhoc Review

Economics and Human Biology, Adhoc Review

Southern Economic Journal, Adhoc Review

Preventive Medicine, Adhoc Review

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Adhoc Review

European Journal of Public Health, Adhoc Review

Health Economics, Adhoc Review

American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) Scientific Committee

International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Scientific Committee

Excellence in Research Award - Foundation of UMDNJ (2009) - Excellence in Research Awards recognize outstanding research activities.