Charles Kaplan, Ph.D.
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Tulane University
Charles D. Kaplan's research has focused on patterns of heroin and cocaine use, crime and addiction treatment in an international context. He is interested in the role of culture in the addiction career. His first R01 study was on the spread of heroin in Germany in the 1970s and 1980s and the treatment and law enforcement responses. His research career in Europe included the founding of the Addiction Research Institute at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He introduced the Addiction Severity Index to Europe and studied its implementation in 13 countries with an emphasis on cultural adaptation and relevance. His European studies sensitized him to the critical role of the extended family in addiction in Latin cultures. He returned to the U.S. “part-time” in the mid-1990s to help Dr. Avelardo Valdez establish a NIDA-supported Hispanic Drug Abuse Research Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has continued to work with Dr. Valdez on NIDA supported research and center grants concerning Mexican Americans. He has also worked in California and Texas on adolescent acculturation stress and Brief Strategic Family Therapy interventions among Mexican Americans and Hispanic immigrants. In 2011, he joined the USC School of Social Work—along with Valdez and another member of the Houston research team, Dr. Alice Cepeda—and took on a joint role as research professor and associate dean of research. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Kaplan is keen to continue exploring the preclinical patterns of drug use with his research team, including the emergence of crack cocaine in Mexico City and the impact of the drug wars on Latino communities. He plans to involve students in his field-intensive research and further integrate the PhD program into research activities, in addition to developing a research cluster on drug and social policy with Valdez, Cepeda and other researchers.
Charles D. Kaplan received his PhD in Sociology from UCLA in September, 1973. He has functioned as a NHSN Summer Research Training Institute Presenter and Mentor for 8 years of the program. His interest in NHSN membership comes from this experience and his increasing involvement with drug abuse research on Hispanic populations in the U.S.
Torres, L. R., Kaplan, C., & Valdez, A. (2011). Health Consequences of Long-Term Injection Heroin Use Among Aging Mexican American Men. Journal of Aging and Health, 23(6), 912-932.
Valdez, A., Neaigus, A., Kaplan, C., & Cepeda, A. (2011). High rates of transition to injecting drug use among Mexican American non-injecting Heroin users in San Antonio, Texas (Never and Former Injectors). Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 114, 233-236.
Drukker, M., Kaplan, C. D., Feron, F. J., Os, J. v., & Korebrits, A. (2010). Delinquency in context; neighbourhood and gender interactions among adolescents. Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale (EPS), 19(2).
Kaplan, C., Valdez, A., & Cepeda, A. (2010). Getting Past Suppression: Street Gang Interventions. In S. A. Survey (Ed.), Small Arms Survey 2010: Gangs, Groups, and Guns (pp. 228–253). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Torres, L. R., Kaplan, C., & Valdez, A. (2011). Health consequences of long-term injection heroin use among aging Mexican American men. Journal of Aging and Health, 23(6), 912-932.
Valdez, A., Neaigus, A., Kaplan, C., & Cepeda, A. (2011). High rates of transition to injecting drug use among Mexican American non-injecting Heroin users in San Antonio, Texas (Never and Former Injectors). Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 114(233-236).