Deanna M. Kaplan, PhD, MA


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Deanna M. Kaplan, PhD, MA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. A clinical health psychologist and research methodologist, Dr. Kaplan's work focuses on the development of methods for measuring health-relevant processes outside of the lab, in the natural habitats of daily life.

Dr. Kaplan is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.


Dr. Kaplan received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She completed her predoctoral residency in Behavioral Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed an NHLBI-funded F32 postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University.


Dr. Kaplan's research integrates a variety of ambulatory assessment methods, including ecological momentary assessment, accelerometry, GPS trajectories, ambulatory cardiovascular monitoring, voice diaries, and the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR). She leads a program of research focused on the optimization of ambulatory assessment methods for clinical science and behavioral medicine. She also frequently collaborates as a research methodologist on projects that use ambulatory assessment to advance treatment research for populations with co-occurring psychological and physical health concerns.

Dr. Kaplan is a developer of the EAR, a research method for naturalistically assessing social interactions and language use in daily life. In partnership with Emory Spiritual Health, several current projects apply this method to investigating social-ecological mechanisms of spiritually-integrated and contemplative interventions. Other current interests include implementation concerns in digital health, including identifying adverse implementation outcomes of digital assessment and intervention technologies.


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