Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, Princeton University, 2006
B.A., Psychology, Hunter College, CUNY, 1999
Current Projects with Burgard:
Social conditions, cumulative advantage and disadvantage, body composition, and health outcomes:
2013 Zajacova, Anna and Sarah A. Burgard. “Healthier, Wealthier, and Wiser: A Demonstration of Compositional Changes in Aging Cohorts Due To Selective Mortality.” Population Research and Policy Review 32(3): 311-324.
2012 Zajacova, Anna and Sarah A. Burgard. “Shape of the BMI-Mortality Association by Cause of Death, Using Generalized Additive Models: NHIS 1986-2006.” Journal of Aging and Health 24(2): 191-211.
2011 Zajacova, Anna, Jennifer Beam Dowd and Sarah A. Burgard. “Overweight Adults May Have the Lowest Mortality – Do They Have the Best Health?” American Journal of Epidemiology 173 (4):430-437.
2010 Zajacova, Anna and Sarah A. Burgard. “Body Weight and Health: A Longitudinal Analysis by Sex and Race.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51(1): 92-107.
Dr. Zajacova’s interests focus on the association between socioeconomic status and adult health. She has studied the relationship between educational credentials and health/mortality, the association between socioeconomic status, body weight, and health outcomes, as well as socioeconomic differentials in persistent infection among US adults. Her project on the economic consequences of a cancer diagnosis was awarded an R03 grant from the National Cancer Institute. She has recently published papers in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Mathematical Population Studies, and Social Science and Medicine.
University of Wyoming
Assistant Professor of Sociology, 2009–Present
University of Michigan
NIA Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Research Center and Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Michigan, 2007–2009