Robert M. Kaplan 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. He is also a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Health Services and Medicine at UCLA, where 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. 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 530 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.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • President's Award for Career Achievement, International Society for Quality of Life Research (2004)
  • Distinguished Career Service Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine (2005)
  • Astra ZenecaPrize for Best Original Research Article, Astra Zeneca (2006)
  • Outstanding Research Mentor Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2006)
  • List of Most Cited Authors, Institute for Scientific Information (2006-present)
  • C Tracy Orleans Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2011)
  • Health Policy Scientist of the Year, American Sociological Association (2012)
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contribution, American Psychological Association (2012)
  • Nathan Perry Award for Distinguished Service, Society for Health Psychology (2017)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • President, American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology (1991 - 1992)
  • President, International Society for Quality of Life Research (1995 - 1996)
  • President, Society of Behavioral Medicine (1996 - 1997)
  • Chair, Behavioral Science Council, American Thoracic Society (2001 - 2003)
  • President, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (2002 - 2003)
  • Co-Chair, BSE Subcommittee, White House National Committee on Science and Technology Policy (2011 - 2015)
  • Member, National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics (2011 - 2015)
  • Member, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation (2011 - 2015)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Health services research
Studies on the cost and quality of health care
Health outcome measurement
Social determinants of health

All Publications

  • Reply to E.C. Winkler et al. Journal of clinical oncology Kaplan, R. M., Milstein, A. 2017; 35 (4): 468-?

    View details for DOI 10.1200/JCO.2016.69.4570

    View details for PubMedID 28129520

  • Cost-effectiveness of the LIFE Physical Activity Intervention for Older Adults at Increased Risk for Mobility Disability JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES A-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND MEDICAL SCIENCES Groessl, E. J., Kaplan, R. M., Sweet, C. M., Church, T., Espeland, M. A., Gill, T. M., Glynn, N. W., King, A. C., Kritchevsky, S., Manini, T., McDermott, M. M., Reid, K. F., Rushing, J., Pahor, M. 2016; 71 (5): 656-662


    Losing the ability to walk safely and independently is a major concern for many older adults. The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders study recently demonstrated that a physical activity (PA) intervention can delay the onset of major mobility disability. Our objective is to examine the resources required to deliver the PA intervention and calculate the incremental cost-effectiveness compared with a health education intervention.The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders study enrolled 1,635 older adults at risk for mobility disability. They were recruited at eight field centers and randomly assigned to either PA or health education. The PA program consisted of 50-minute center-based exercise 2× weekly, augmented with home-based activity to achieve a goal of 150min/wk of PA. Health education consisted of weekly workshops for 26 weeks, and monthly sessions thereafter. Analyses were conducted from a health system perspective, with a 2.6-year time horizon.The average cost per participant over 2.6 years was US$3,302 and US$1,001 for the PA and health education interventions, respectively. PA participants accrued 0.047 per person more Quality-Adjusted Life-Years (QALYs) than health education participants. PA interventions costs were slightly higher than other recent PA interventions. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratios were US$42,376/major mobility disability prevented and US$49,167/QALY. Sensitivity analyses indicated that results were relatively robust to varied assumptions.The PA intervention costs and QALYs gained are comparable to those found in other studies. The ICERS are less than many commonly recommended medical treatments. Implementing the intervention in non-research settings may reduce costs further.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/gerona/glw001

    View details for Web of Science ID 000376398400015