This Fellowship will provide a two–year period during which the Kaplan Fellow can think, write, participate in the research of an established laboratory, and develop a research program with guidance from a team of experienced researchers. Consistent with the professional life of Oscar Kaplan , the overarching goal of the Fellowship is to develop the skills necessary to be successful in the highly competitive arena of university research and teaching (please see Oscar Kaplan’s Legacy and Overview). Specifically, it is expected that upon completion of the Fellowship, the individual will be well–prepared to conduct independent research, obtain extramural funding, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor students at all levels in the conduct of psychological research.

The scholarly focus of the Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship is on the assessment, prevention, and/or treatment of mental, cognitive, and physical health problems during adulthood in humans, with a particular focus on middle and older age.

The Kaplan Fellow will join the laboratory of an established researcher in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University whose work is supported by federal grants or other extramural sources. Faculty members available and willing to serve as Primary Mentors for the current fellowship cycle are listed at the bottom of this announcement with links to their individual web sites.

The Kaplan Fellow may apply for appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the SDSU Department of Psychology.


An annual stipend of $54,840 will be awarded to the Kaplan Fellow. Individual healthcare coverage will be provided up to $8,850 and a limited budget ($1,000 per year) will be available for fellowship–related training activities, such as travel to professional meetings or pilot research. There is the possibility of an additional stipend for teaching assignments within the Department of Psychology.

Application Deadline and Review of Applications Begin: November 1, 2022
Notification Date: by February 15, 2023
Start Date: September 1, 2023


Funding cannot begin until all requirements for the Ph.D. have been met (including but not limited to post-defense changes in the dissertation manuscript and internship if that is a degree requirement).

Application Procedure

Please see Policies and Procedures

An applicant should notify Dr. Scott Roesch at, that they are preparing an application and to obtain additional information on composing the one-page cover letter.

  • a one-to-two page cover letter outlining research interests related to scholarly focus of Kaplan Fellowship (physical and mental health in adulthood) and the names of eligible faculty with whom they would like to work (see bottom of page),
  • curriculum vitae,
  • a graduate school transcript,
  • three letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommenders to the Selection Committee

Application material must be sent electronically to:

Scott Roesch, Kaplan Postdoc Administrator

Application Deadline and Review of Applications Begin: November 1, 2022.

Award Notice

The successful applicant will be notified of selection as the Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellow in Adult Developmental Science by February 15, 2023.

Faculty Members available to serve as Primary Mentors

Nader Amir, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology

Elva Arredondo, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology

Aaron Blashill, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Margaret Friend, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Linda Gallo, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Paul Gilbert, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Vanessa Malcarne, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Sarah N. Mattson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Ralph-Axel Mueller, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Claire Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Martin Sereno, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology

Jennifer Thomas , Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

V. Robin Weersing, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Kristen Wells, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

May Yeh, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Psychology