Irina Grafova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; M.A., Economics, New Economic School, Moscow; B.S., Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Moscow State University
  • Room 252, Civic Square Building
  • irina.grafova[at]
  • 848-932-2754
Research Interests

  • Socio-economic determinants of health
  • Financial toxicity of cancer
  • Health policy
  • Health care spending
  • Neighborhood environment, socio-economic status and health

Irina Grafova, Ph.D. joined the Bloustein School as an Associate Professor in 2023. Trained as a health economist, Dr. Grafova’s research aims to bring new evidence to socio-economic inequalities in health and health disparities. She has conducted research on family financial strain, family health care spending inequities, financial burden of the disease, and health inequities stemming from the neighborhood and work environment.

She has worked on several collaborative interdisciplinary research projects. Collaborating with the World City Project she examined intra-urban health inequities in middle income countries. Additionally, she collaborated with faculty in the Rutgers University School of Nursing, where she examined the physical and emotional exhaustion rates and burnout rates among acute care nurses in New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her recent publications appeared in Preventive Medicine, Journal of Nursing Management, Vaccine, Review of Economics of the Household, Health Economics, Policy and Law. Her research was funded by NIH, AHRQ, and private foundations. Dr. Grafova received the Excellence in Research Award from the Foundation of the UMDNJ.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

View publications on Google Scholar


National Library of Medicine

Gusmano, M.K., Grafova, I.B., Ayoub. R.F., Weisz. D., Rodwin, V.G.; Neighborhood Inequalities and the Decline of Infant Mortality in São Paulo; Health Economics, Policy and Law, 18(2): 111-120, 2023.

Grafova, I.B., Clifford P.R., Hudson S.V., Steinberg M.B., O’Malley D.M., Elliott J., Llanos A.M., Saraiya B, Duberstein P.; Disease and Debt: Findings from the 2019 Panel Study of Income Dynamics in the United States; Preventive Medicine, 164, 107248, 2022.

Grafova, I.B., Pogorzelska-Maziarz, M., Johansen, M.L., Manning, M.L., Crincoli, S., de Cordova, P.; Racial and Ethnic Differences in Vaccine Hesitancy among Registered Nurses in New Jersey: A Cross-Sectional Survey; American Journal of Infection Control, 50(5): 572-574, 2022.

de Cordova P.B., Johansen. M.L., Grafova, I.B., Crincoli, S., Pogorzelska-Maziarz M.; Burnout and Intent to Leave during COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Study of New Jersey Hospital Nurses; Journal of Nursing Management, 30(6): 1913-1921, 2022.

Grafova, I.B., Monheit, A.C., Kumar, R; Income Shocks and Out-of-Pocket Health Care Spending: Implications for Single-Mother Families; Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 43: 489–500, 2022.

Grafova, I.B., Jarrin, O.F.; Beyond Black and White: Mapping Misclassification of Medicare Beneficiaries Race and Ethnicity; Medical Care Research and Review, 78(5): 616-626, 2021.

Grafova, I.B., Manne, S.L., Bandera, E.V., Saraiya, B., Llanos A.M., Devine, K.A., Hudson, S.V., Paddock, L., Tsui J, Elliott J. Stroup A.M., Duberstein P.R.; Financial Hardship among Cancer Survivors in Southern New Jersey; Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(11): 6613–6623, 2021.

Areas of Expertise: Health Disparities, Health EconomicsHealth Policy, Social Policy/Inequality and Disparities, Statistical Research Methods, US Health Care Systems