Robert Kaplan Appointed Director of OBSSR

kaplan-obssr.jpgRobert M. Kaplan, PhD, has been selected to serve as Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and as NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health. His appointment was announced on July 29, 2010, by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD. Dr. Kaplan will assume his duties in early 2011.

Dr. Kaplan is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health as well as a Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Kaplan earned an MA and PhD in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and conducts research in behavioral medicine, health services, health outcome measurement, and multivariate data analysis.

Dr. Kaplan has received numerous awards, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine's national leadership award in 2004 and distinguished research mentor award in 2006. He is currently editor-in-chief of the American Psychological Association journal Health Psychology.

Dr. Kaplan is also the author or co-author of numerous publications, including Diagnosis, Disease, and Dollars and Marital Status and Longevity in the United States Population.

Read the full NIH press release announcing Dr. Kaplan