SDSU alumnus and former SDSU Psychology Professor Dr. Robert Kaplan’s new book examines the broken promise of the American health care system and shares important insights on how to fix it. He argues that the keys to longer lives and better health are outside the health care system and require a serious commitment to and investments in reducing poverty and improving education. Robert Kaplan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from SDSU. After earning his PhD at the UC Riverside, he returned to SDSU as a professor of psychology. While working at SDSU, UCSD, UCLA, and NIH, he made important contributions to higher education, public health research, and health policies.  Dr. Kaplan has held several senior positions in academia and in government.  He is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  He 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.  From 1997 to 2004, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. From 1974 to 1988, Dr. Kaplan was a professor in the Department of Psychology at SDSU and became one of the architects of our nationally-ranked joint doctoral program in clinical psychology. Dr. Kaplan was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2005.  He is currently a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University where he works in the Clinical Excellence Research Center.

Link to Dr. Kaplan’s New Book:  More than Medicine: The Broken Promise of American Health


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