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Robert Kaplan

Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Professor


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Health Policy and ManagementEmeriti
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Robert M. Kaplan is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School and also holds a secondary appointment in the Department Medicine.  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 540 articles or chapters have been cited more than 37,000 times (H-index>100) and the ISI includes him in the listing of the most cited authors in his field (defined as above the 99.5th percentile). Kaplan was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2005.  He is currently Director of Research at the Stanford School of Medicine Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC), but he remains active in UCLA activities and is available to supervise UCLA student research projects.  

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

Suls, JM, Davidson, KW, & Kaplan, RM (Eds) (2010)  Handbook of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.  New York:  Guilford Press

Kaplan, RM (2009) Disease, Diagnosis, and Dollars.  New York: Springer


Kaplan, R.M., Chambers, D.A. & Glasgow, R.E. (2018)  Behavioral Medicine and the Benefits of Health Care: A Critical Appraisal and the Need for Exnovation.  In Fisher, E, Cameron, L and Christensen, A (2012) Principles and Concepts of Behavioral Medicine: A Global Handbook, New York: Springer.  1069-1086

Kaplan RM, Fang Z, Morgan G. (2016) Providers' advice concerning smoking cessation: Evidence from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey. Preventive Medicine 2016; 91: 32-36

Kaplan, RM, Fang, Z, & Kirby, J (2017) Educational Attainment and Health Outcomes: Data from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey.  Health Psychology, 36 (6), 598-608.

Kaplan, RM, Howard, VJ, Manly, JJ, & Howard, G (2017) Comparison of Simple Efficient Clinical and Self-Reported Predictors of Mortality in a National United States Cohort.  Journal of Epidemiological Research, 3 (2), 23-30.

Kaplan RM (2017) Dynamic Association between Completion of Post-secondary Education and Female Life Expectancy in Developed Counties. Journal of Health Science & Education 1(1): 103. 

Kaplan, R.M., Johnson, S.B., & Kobor, P.  (2017)  NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Support: 1980-2016.  American Psychologist,72(8), 808-821