Ashley W. Kranjac

Areas of Interest: 
 Quantitative Methods, Medical Sociology, Population Health, Child Health Disparities

Ashley Wendell Kranjac (Ph.D. 2015, SUNY- Buffalo) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Department of Sociology. She earned her MA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington and received her BA in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University. Ashley employs advanced statistical methodologies and theoretical approaches to examine the sources of childhood health disparities. In her research, she used multi-level growth modeling techniques to show that self-efficacy moderates math outcomes in overweight, but not obese, children, an effect that differs among racial and ethnic minorities and those of lower social status. She also employed Blinder-Oaxaca regression decomposition techniques to identify the sources of the decline in the obesity rate for young children between 2003/04 and 2011/12. In other work, she used three-level hierarchical linear modeling techniques to show that children who attend schools with higher rates of obesity gain weight at a faster rate relative to children who attend schools with lower rates of obesity, an effect that increases annually and varies by racial and socioeconomic characteristics. Her current research examines the influences of neighborhood characteristics and environmental exposures on children’s health outcomes.

Recent Publications:

Kranjac AW, Wagmiller RL. The association between age and obesity over time. Pediatrics 2016; 137(5): 1–12. [DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2096]

Kranjac AW, Nie, Jing, Trevisan, Maurizio, and Jo L. Freudenheim. Depression and body mass index, differences by education: Evidence from a population-based study of adult women in the U.S. Buffalo-Niagara region. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice 2016; 10(2): 1–9. [DOI: 10.1016/j.orcp.2016.03.002]

Kranjac AW. The moderating effect of self-efficacy on normal-weight, overweight, and obese children’s math achievement: A longitudinal analysis. Social Science & Medicine 2015; 128: 168–177. [PMID: 25618606]

Kranjac AW. McDonaldizing Croatia. American Sociological Association; Contexts: The Food Issue 2014; 13(3): 4–11.
Ashley W. Kranjac
Postdoctoral Fellow - Kinder Institute for Urban Research Ph.D. SUNY-Buffalo