About Me

In 1991, I earned a B.A. in Asian Studies (Japanese) from Tufts University.  After spending a few years working in law, I later earned both my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA.  

In graduate school, I developed expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), stress and coping, cultural anthropology, and working with patients from diverse backgrounds (e.g., people of color, LGBTQ, etc.).  I also developed an appreciation for epistemology within psychology.  That is, I love reading about the history of psychology and exploring the origins of what we think we know.  

For the past decade, I have cultivated a personal and professional interest in mindfulness and meditation, which has mirrored the growth of novel forms of psychotherapy based on these practices.  As such, I have been active in learning--and contributing to the development of--these new therapeutic approaches.  If you're unfamiliar with mindfulness, it refers to an awareness of our thoughts, feelings, actions, and sensory experiences as they arise from moment to  moment.  Meditation, meanwhile, essentially is a formal process of contemplation in which one tries to focus the mind on a particular subject (e.g., breathing, walking, praying, etc.).  If you'd like to learn more about these practices, you can visit Urban Mindfulness, an organization that I founded in 2008.   


Here is a selected list of my professional credentials, awards, positions, and accomplishments.  For a more detailed list, you can view my entire CV here:  Dr. Kaplan CV  

Author, Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All

Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Early Career Award, American Psychological Association, 2007.  For “impressive contributions to the profession and helping students learn more about the mind-body connection”

Founding Fellow, New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association

Founding Director, Urban Mindfulness

Adjunct Professor, The New School Psychology Department

Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Ferkauf Graduate Program of Psychology, Yeshiva University

Secretary/Historian, Asian American Psychological Association

Blogger, Psychology Today

Clinician of the Month, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies  


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