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Understanding the Complex Causes of Population Health (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Thomas Francis Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Epidemiology, Survey Research Center.
Research Professor Emeritus, Survey Research Center.
Founder, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population.
Ph.D., Cornell University
Dr. Kaplan studies the cumulative cost of socioeconomic disadvantage on health and functional outcomes in the elderly, and the role of equity in the distribution of income on the overall health of populations. Both areas of research are directed at establishing the close linkage between economic policy and health policy. A major theme in his work is the role of "upstream" and "downstream" factors in maintaining health, delaying disease, and improving function.
Kaplan, George A. Forthcoming. "Health inequalities and the welfare state: perspectives from social epidemiology." Norsk Epidemiologi.
Mair, C., George A. Kaplan, and S. Everson-Rose. 2012. "Are there hopeless neighborhoods? An exploration of environmental associations between individual-level feelings of hopelessness and neighborhood characteristics." Health & Place, 18(2): 434-439. Abstract.
Dowd, J.B., N. Ranjit, D.P. Do, E.A. Young, James S. House, and George A. Kaplan. 2011. "Education and Levels of Salivary Cortisol Over the Day in US Adults." Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41(1): 13-20. DOI. Abstract.
Dowd, Jennifer B., Jeremy Albright, Trivellore Raghunathan, Robert F. Schoeni, Felicia B. LeClere, and George A. Kaplan. 2011. "Deeper and Wider: Income and Mortality in the USA over Three Decades." International Journal of Epidemiology, 40(1): 183-188. PMCID: PMC3043282. DOI. Abstract.
Koch, C.G., L. Li, George A. Kaplan, J. Wachterman, M.H. Shishehbor, J. Sabik, and E.H. Blackstone. 2010. "Socioeconomic Position, Not Race, Is Linked to Death After Cardiac Surgery." Circulation-Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 3(3): 267-U74. DOI. Abstract.
Lehto, S.M., A. Ruusunen, L. Niskanen, T. Tolmunen, S. Voutilainen, H. Viinamaki, George A. Kaplan, and J. Kauhanen. 2010. "Elevated depressive symptoms and compositional changes in LDL particles in middle-aged men." European Journal of Epidemiology, 25(6): 403-409. DOI. Abstract.
Ruusunen, A., S.M. Lehto, T. Tolmunen, J. Mursu, George A. Kaplan, and S. Voutilainen. 2010. "Coffee, tea and caffeine intake and the risk of severe depression in middle-aged Finnish men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study." Public Health Nutrition, 13(8): 1215-1220. DOI. Abstract.
Do, D. Phuong, Jennifer Beam Dowd, Nalini Ranjit, James S. House, and George A. Kaplan. 2010. "Hopelessness, Depression, and Early Markers of Endothelial Dysfunction in US Adults." Psychosomatic Medicine, 72(7): 613-619. PMCID: PMC3190596. DOI. Abstract.
Galea, Sandro, M. Riddle, and George A. Kaplan. 2010. "Causal thinking and complex system approaches in epidemiology." International Journal of Epidemiology, 39(1): 97-106. PMCID: PMC2912489. DOI. Abstract.