Government Relations update

Psychologist Robert Kaplan is named Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH

Kaplan, a professor, psychological scientist, and APA member with a distinguished background in health research, is expected to begin in early 2011

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins recently announced the appointment of psychologist Robert M. Kaplan as Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Kaplan is expected to join the NIH in early 2011.

Kaplan comes to the NIH from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is distinguished professor in the Department of Health Services at the School of Public Health and in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He has also served as the principal investigator of the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center and director of the UCLA/RAND Health Services Research training program. In addition, he was professor and chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Kaplan’s research interests include behavioral medicine, health services research, health outcome measurement and multivariate data analysis. He is editor-in-chief of the APA journal Health Psychology and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Operating with a Fiscal Year 2010 budget of approximately $28 million, OBSSR’s role is to stimulate and integrate behavioral and social sciences research across NIH’s institutes and centers to improve the understanding, treatment, and prevention of disease.