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Robert Kaplan

Robert  M. Kaplan
Distinguished Research Professor


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Health Policy and ManagementEmeriti
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Robert M. Kaplan is a Distinguished Research Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School.  He has served as Chief Science Officer at the US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health, where he led the behavioral and social sciences programs.  Before he served in government, 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 (now HPM) 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. He is a past President of several organizations, including the American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology, Section J of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Pacific), the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Kaplan is a former Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology and of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  His 20 books and over 565 articles or chapters have been cited more than 57,000 times.  Google Scholar includes him in the list of the most highly cited authors in all areas of science (defined as H-Index > 100).  Kaplan was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2005.  In addition to UCLA, he is a faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC).  

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


Rochlin, D, Lee, CM, Scheuter, C, Milstein, A, Kaplan, RM (2019).  Economic benefit of “modern” non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) that utilizes digital transportation networks.  American Journal of Public Health, 109 (3), 472-474. 

Kaplan, RM, Gold, M, Duffy, S, Miller, N, Glassman, J, Chambers, D, Berndt, S, Wilson, DK (2019)  Economic analysis in behavioral health:  Toward application of standardized methodologies.  Health Psychology, 38(8), 672-679.

Kaplan, RM, Milstein, A (2019).  Contributions of Healthcare to Longevity:  A triangulation of four methods.  Annals of Family Medicine,  17(3), 267-272.

Kaplan, RM, Glassman, JR, & Milstein, A (2019)  Comorbid depression in chronic disease:  Effects on healthcare costs.   Psychiatric Services. 70:1013–1019.

Kaplan, RM, Crespi, CM, Dahan, E, Saucedo, JD, Pagan, C, & Saigal, SC (2020)  Comparison of rating scale, time trade-off, and conjoint analysis methods for assessment of preferences in prostate cancer.   Medicine Decision Making, 39(7) 816–826.

Rinaldo, F, Altman, M, Cannon, K, Platchek, T, Shah, N, Kaplan, RM, & Milstein, A (2020) Slowing Medicare Spending By Optimizing Late-Life Needs.  New England Journal of Medicine:  Catalyst.   1(4), 1-22.

Od Ed Articles

Since 2019,  Kaplan’s Op Ed pieces for general public 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.