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Dr. Dinko Kranjac

Dr. Dinko Kranjac

Office: (909) 448-4175
Cástulo de la Rocha Cástulo de la Rocha College of Health and Community Well-Being / La Verne / Hoover Hall 216

Dinko Kranjac is an Associate Professor of Psychology. He earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in behavioral neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology from Texas Christian University (TCU). He was then a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center. Kranjac also served as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and at SRI International, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Symptom Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He co-directs the Health in Populations and Places (HiPP) Collaborative that examines the social and contextual determinants of physical and psychological health. The HiPP team members are using novel quantitative methods and rich data sources to identify the causes of health disparities. Kranjac is designated as core undergraduate faculty and teaches courses in the areas of behavioral neuroscience and learning theory.

Dr. Kranjac’s scholarly work can be found at Google Scholar.


* Undergraduate research assistant

  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D, Aguilera RI.* Pediatric obesity in the United States: age–period–cohort analysis. Heliyon. 2024;10(12):e32603. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e32603
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D, Kain ZN, Ehwerhemuepha L, Jenkins BN. Obesity heterogeneity by neighborhood context in a largely Latinx sample. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2024;11:980–991. doi:10.1007/s40615-023-01578-6
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D. Explaining adult obesity, severe obesity, and BMI: five decades of change. Heliyon. 2023;9(5):e16210. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e16210
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D, Kain ZN, Ehwerhemuepha L, Jenkins BN. Neighborhood disadvantage and pediatric inpatient opioid prescription patterns. J Pediatr Nurs. 2023;72:e145–e151. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2023.06.021
  • Calvo J,* Khutsishvili N.* Mini-review: translational value of rodent models in behavioral neuropsychiatry. Impulse. 2022;19(1):1–16.
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D, Lounsbury O.* Deconstructing sex differences in C-reactive protein trends over time. Am J Hum Biol. 2022;34(5):e23705. doi:10.1002/ajhb.23705
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D. County-level factors that influenced the trajectory of COVID-19 incidence in the New York City area. Health Secur. 2021;19(S1):S27–S33. doi:10.1089/hs.2020.0236
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D. Decomposing differences in Coronavirus disease 2019-related case-fatality rates across seventeen nations. Pathog Glob Health. 2021;115(2):100–107. doi:10.1080/20477724.2020.1868824
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D. Child obesity moderates the association between poverty and academic achievement. Psychol Sch. 2021;58(7):1266–1283. doi:10.1002/pits.22497
  • Kranjac AW, Kranjac D, Fortier MA, Patton P, Giafaglione B, Kain Z. Surgical patients’ hospital experience scores: neighborhood context conceptual framework. Ann Surg. 2021;1:e037. doi:10.1097/AS9.0000000000000037

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