Robert M. Kaplan, Ph.D. is the NIH director of
the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and NIH Associate
Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.
Previously, he was distinguished professor at the University of
California, Los Angeles in the department of health services at the
School of Public Health, and the department of medicine at the David
Geffen School of Medicine. He has also served as principal investigator
of the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center and director of the
UCLA/RAND Health Services Research training program. Prior to his UCLA
appointment, Kaplan was professor and chair of the department of family
and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego
School of Medicine.
Kaplan earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of
California, Riverside. His research interests include behavioral
medicine, health services research, health outcome measurement and
multivariate data analysis. In December of 2010, he completed his term
as editor-in-chief of the journal Health Psychology.
He received the American Psychological Association Division of Health
Psychology’s Annual Award for Outstanding Scientific Contribution as a
junior scholar in 1987 and as a senior scholar in 2001. He also received
the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s National Leadership Award in 2004
and Distinguished Research Mentor Award in 2006. He is a member of the
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.