Robert Kaplan

Robert M. Kaplan is a Distinguished Research Professor of Health Policy and Management at UCLA. Previously he served as Chief Science Officer at the US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and as Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health, where he led the behavioral and social sciences programs. At UCLA, he led the UCLA/RAND AHRQ health services training program and the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center. He was Chair of the Department of Health Services from 2004 to 2009. From 1997 to 2004 he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to his UCLA role, Kaplan is a faculty member in the Clinical Excellence Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a past President of five different national or international professional organizations and has served as Editor-In-Chief for two academic journals. His 21 books and over 580 articles or chapters have been cited more than 72,000 times (H-index>116) and Google scholar includes him in the list of the most cited authors in science. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2005. In 2019 Kaplan took on a new role as an opinion editorialist, contributing op ed pieces on about a monthly basis. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Chronicle, STAT News (Boston Globe Media), RealClear Politics, MedPage, Health Affairs, The Hill, and a variety of other newspapers.

Selected Publications


  • Kaplan, RM (2019) More than Medicine:  The Broken Promise of American Health.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press (to be released Fall 2018) 
  • Kaplan, R.M. & Saccuzzo, D.P. (2018).  Psychological Testing:  Principles, Applications, and Issues, 9th Edition.  Belmont:  Cengage Wadsworth. 
  • Kaplan RM, Spittel M, David D (Eds). (2015) Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights. AHRQ Publication No. 15-0002. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health; May 2015 

Selected Journal Articles (since 2022)

  • Kaplan, RM & Milstein, A (2021) The Potential Influence of a COVID-19 Vaccine's
    Effectiveness and Safety Profile on Vaccination Acceptance: Results from a National Survey.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Electronic ahead of print. Vol. 118
    No. 10 e2021726118
  • Kaplan, RM, Hays RD (2022) Health-related quality of life measurement in public health.
    Annual Review of Public Health 2022, 43:355-373
  • Fraiman, J., Erviti, J., Jones, M., Greenland, S., Whelan, P., Kaplan, R. M., & Doshi, P.
    (2022). Serious Adverse Events of Special Interest Following mRNA Vaccination in
    Randomized Trials. Vaccine, 40(40) 5798-5805.
  • Glassman, JR, Jauregui, A, Milstein, A, & Kaplan, RM. (2023) Caring for People with
    Depression: Costs Among 43 Million Commercially Insured Patients With or Without
    Comorbid Illnesses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, in press
  • Nelson, DA, Kaplan, RM, Weisman, M, Kurina, L ( 2023) Service Discharges Among
    US Army Personnel with Selected Musculoskeletal and Skin Conditions: A Retrospective
    Cohort Study. British Medical Journal: Open. e063371. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2022-
  • Nelson, AD, Kaplan, RM, Kurina, L, &; Weisman, MH. (2023) Incidence of Ankylosing
    Spondylitis Among Male and Female US Army Personnel Arthritis Care and Research. 75 (2)

Od Ed Articles 

  • Since 2019, Kaplan has contributed more than 50 Op Ed pieces for general public. They have appeared in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, The San Jose Mercury News, STAT New, the Boston Globe, MedPage, Health Affairs Blog, The Hill, and several other outlets.