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Get to Know Me

Exceeding Expectations One Patient at a Time

Dr. Kaplan received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont. After completing her Ph.D., she pursued specialized post-doctoral training in neuropsychology  and substance use disorders. 

Dr. Kaplan has worked as a licensed psychologist since 1980. In addition to private practice, Dr. Kaplan has been employed as a professor, director of psychological services, supervising psychologist, psychiatry medical staff, and health care system consultant. She has published research, authored book chapters, and served as a reviewer for research journals. 

Dr. Kaplan has been involved extensively in training, supervising, and mentoring psychologists and bringing best clinical practices to health care systems. She currently serves on the Governor’s Commission for Suicide Prevention and the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 

My Qualifications

Learn about my Education, Work Experience, Specialized Training, Research, & Public Service

I believe in providing my patients with cutting edge and evidence-informed (scientifically supported) psychological health services that are catered to suit their needs. I keep current with the latest advances in psychological health science to provide my patients with the highest quality care.  

Patient well-being is my number one priority, and I will go above and beyond to help you surmount all your obstacles.  I look forward to sharing my expertise and clinical wisdom with you.

Certifications and Specialized Training

  • Professional Psychologist License:  Maryland and District of Columbia

  • Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology, ASPBB

  • Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), NCAAP

  • Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Use Disorders, APA

  • Post doctoral training:  Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP eligible for board certification)

  • Post-doctoral training: Substance use disorders

  • Bereavement Trained Clinician -AFSP/AAS

  • Attachment-based Family Therapy certified

  • Star Behavioral Health Provider registry trained (military families)


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont, NIMH Fellowship, APA Approved internships including one year in Neuropsychology at UVM Medical Hospital 

  • B.A., Psychology with highest honors, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Phi Beta Kappa

Public Service and Professional Advisory Boards

Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention, Commissioner; appointed on November 12, 2021 by Governor Larry Hogan; Chair, Postvention Task Force

Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide in Service Members, Veterans, and their Families, Maryland Implementation Team

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:  Board Member (Maryland chapter

Military Psychology (APA journal), peer reviewer

Journal of Neurotrauma (medical journal), invited guest reviewer

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Outcomes Measurement Steering Committee; Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Report to Congress on the Epidemiology and Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), TBI Rehabilitation Gaps Workgroup, Subject Matter Expert and Contributor

American Psychological Association, Division 19 - Military Psychology, Proposal reviewer for submissions to the APA convention

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Common Data Elements Steering Committee

DC Bureau of Injury & Disability Prevention, TBI Advisory Board

National Head Injury Foundation (Brain Injury Association), Substance Abuse Task Force

New York State Psychological Association, Committee on Women

Genesee Valley Psychological Association, Vice-President

Work Experience

  • Clinical Psychologist and Subject matter expert (practice based implementation; psychological health promotion), the Psychological Center of Excellence (PHCoE)

  • Neuropsychologist and Subject Matter Expert (Neuropsychology and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the TBI Center of Excellence (AKA The   Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) 

  • Principal, A Center for Neuropsychological Health

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine Medical Staff - Sibley Hospital, Psychiatry Department

  • MedStar Health Medical Staff - Washington Hospital Center, Psychiatry Department

  • Senior Psychologist, MedStar, National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH)

  • Director, Psychological Services, Faxton Children's Hospital & Rehabilitation Center

  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Brockport

  • Psychologist Consultant for Bureau of Disability Determinations, Job Corps, & Orleans County Community Services

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Skopp N, Kaplan D, & Todd B., Drell M., & Pratt K. Evaluation of a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Trauma Specialist (TS) Model in the Military Health System (MHS), Psychological Services,  January 2022.

  • Encarnacion A, Kennedy J, Kaplan D, Lu L, & Cooper D.  Correlations between the Patient Global Impression of Change and the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory for post-concussive symptoms and recovery outcomes, a poster presented at the University of Texas Trauma Collaborative Research Conference, October 2021.

  • Kaplan DA, Drell M, Todd B, & Skopp N.  Strategies and Adaptations to Promote Implementation of a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Trauma Specialist (TS) Model in the Military Health System (MHS), a poster presented at the American Psychological Association, August 2020.

  • Picon L, Kaplan D, Eshel I, & Cornis-Popa M.  Management and Rehabilitation of Cognitive Dysfunction Post-Concussion in Eapen and Cifu (eds.), Concussion Assessment, Management and Rehabilitation, Elsevier, 2020.  

  • Ivins BJ, Cole WR, Schwab KA, Kaplan DA, Lange RT, & Iverson GL.  Post-concussive Symptoms Strongly Associated with Acute Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI): Suggestions for Interpreting the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory when Evaluating Military Service Members, a paper presented at the 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium, August 20, 2019

  • Kaplan DA, Reducing Mental Health Stigma to Improve Treatment Engagement:  guidance for Clinicians Treating Military Service Members.  Clinician’s Corner Blog, 8 July 2019.

  • Eshel I & Kaplan D.  DVBIC's New Clinical Recommendations:  Rehabilitation of Cognitive Dysfunction following Mild-Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, September 30, 2018.

  • Eshel I, Kaplan D, & Heintz B. Rehabilitation of Service Members and Veterans with Mild to Moderate TBI and Persisting Cognitive Dysfunction: DVBIC’s Clinical Recommendation, From Literature Synthesis to Translation in the Health Care System. 4th Federal Interagency Conference (FICTBI), June 12, 2018.

  • Regasa LE, Kaplan DA, Moy Martin EM, Langbein J, Johnson F, & Chase C.  Mortality Following Hospital Admission for US Active-Duty Service Members Diagnosed with Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury, 2004 – 2014, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, March/April 2018. 33(2):123-132. 

  • Kaplan, D.  Patient and Injury Characteristics Associated with Mortality Following Military Health System Hospital Admission for Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury, a paper presented at the 2018 National Capital Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium, Bethesda, Maryland, March 7, 2018.

  • Ivins, B, Bunner A, Cole W, Kaplan D, Schwab K, Lange R, Vanderploeg R, & Iverson G.  Base Rates of Post-Concussive Symptoms in Soldiers with and Without Acute Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, a poster presented at the National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium, Bethesda, MD, April 5, 2016 and the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) 13th Annual Conference on Brain Injury, Tampa, FL, August 3, 2016.

  • Kaplan, D.  Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory (NSI):  Recommendations for Scoring and Serial Administration for Concussion Health Care Outcomes, May 15, 2014.

  • Kaplan, D. The Patient Global Impression of Care Scale:   Recommendations for Scoring and Serial Administration for Concussion Health Care Outcomes, 19 May 2014. 

  • Kaplan, D.  Management of Sleep Disturbances in Service Members with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Co-occurring Disorders, symposium chair, 2012 American Psychological Association (APA) convention, Orlando Florida, August 3, 2012.

  • Kaplan, D.  The Development of Clinical Recommendations for Management of Sleep Disorders in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, a paper presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association (APA) convention, Orlando, Florida, August 3, 2012.

  • Nacev, V. and Kaplan, D. Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury Patients, a poster presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention; August 2, 2012.


  • Kaplan, D.  TBI Rehabilitation Effectiveness and Gaps, a presentation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, May 15, 2012.

  • Kaplan, D.  Translating Research about Mild Traumatic Brain and Co-Morbidities into the Clinical Practice of Primary Care Physicians, a poster presented at the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Interagency Conference, Washington, DC; June 14, 2011.

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