Kalman J. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
1601 W. Taylor (MC 912), Room 450
Chicago, IL 60612
Office Phone: 312-413-4609
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Kaplan, K.J., Schwartz, M. W. & Markus-Kaplan, M. (1984). The Family: Biblical and Psychological Foundations. New York, NY.: Human Sciences Press.

Emmons, S. & Geiser, C., Kaplan, K.J., Harrow, M. (1997) Living with Schizophrenia. Muncie, IND.: Accelerated Development, a subsidiary of Taylor and Francis.

Kaplan, K.J. and Schwartz. M. W. (Ed.) (1998). Jewish Approaches to Suicide, Martyrdom and Euthanasia. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson.

Kaplan, K.J. (1998) TILT: Teaching Individuals to Live Together. Philadelphia, PENN.: Taylor and Francis. Kaplan, K. J. (2000) Right to Die versus Sacredness of Life. Amityville NY., Baywood Publishing Company.

Schwartz, M. W. & Kaplan, K. J., ( 2004) Biblical Stories for Psychotherapy: A Sourcebook. Binghamton. NY: The Haworth Press.

Kaplan, K. J. and Schwartz M. W. (2006, 2008) The Seven Habits of the Good Life: How the Biblical Virtues Free Us from the Seven Deadly Sins. (First Edition, Hard Cover, Second Edition, Soft Cover) Lanham, MD : Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group.

Schwartz, M. W. and Kaplan, K. J. (2007) The Fruit of Her Hands: A Psychology of Biblical Woman. Grand Rapids, MI. Wm B. Eerdmans.

Kaplan, K. J. and Schwartz, M. W. (2008) A Psychology of Hope: A Biblical Response to Tragedy and Suicide. Grand Rapids, MI. Wm B. Eerdmans.

Hankin, V., Kaplan, K. J. and Raviv, A. (In press) In the Beginning: Biblical Sparks for a Child’s Week, Miami, FLA: Community and Educational Press at the University of Miami.

Kalman J. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of Program in Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health

Kalman J. Kaplan, Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Center for Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine Dr. Kaplan has recently retired as Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University and held visiting positions at a number of universities, including The University of California, Davis, Harvard University, Boston University, Northwestern University Medical School and Tel Aviv University. He has been Editor of the Journal of Psychology and Judaism and on the Editorial Board of Omega. Dr. Kaplan has published widely in the area of interpersonal and international relations, the emerging field of Biblical Psychology, schizophrenia and suicide/suicide prevention. Dr. Kaplan is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, was the co-recipient of the 1998 Alexander Gralnick Award for outstanding original research in suicide and schizophrenia, and was a 2006-2007 Fulbright Fellow at Tel Aviv University to develop his ideas of a Biblical Approach to Mental Health. Dr. Kaplan has published ten books, many book chapters and over 80 articles. He has also given over 150 presentations, both nationally and internationally. In 2007, Dr. Kaplan was awarded a start-up grant from The John Templeton Foundation to develop a 13 lecture online program in Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health at the University of Illinois College of Medicine (www.rsmh.org). He is now doing this program in conjunction with Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and ACTS (Association of Chicago Theological Schools). Over the last 3 years, his program in Biblical Psychology has enrolled close to 140 students from all over the world, including almost 80% opinion leaders. Dr. Kaplan now has been awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Award to develop a Hebrew language subtitling of this online program. He argues that modern psychology and psychiatry have been implicitly based on classical Greek rather than Biblical narratives and thinking, and suggests that a Biblical psychology would produce a more positive hopeful perspective.

 Affiliations/Memberships: American Psychological Association, Division of Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health, American Association of Suicidology

Interests: A Biblical Approach to Mental Health

 Projects: A Biblical Approach to Mental Health, Risk Factors for Suicide among Different Psychiatric Diagnostic Groups



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