Celia P. Kaplan, DrPH

Celia P. Kaplan, DrPH

Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), UCSF


Phone: (415) 502-5601 (voice)
Box 0856, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0856

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Research Summary

I have over 25 years of research experience conducting studies in health disparities among underserved US minority populations, with a particular emphasis on Latino health. Born and initially educated in Argentina, I obtained advanced degrees in the US in public health. I am currently a professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF, Director of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center, and a co-director of the Investigator Core of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.
From the beginning of my research career, I have focused my efforts on examining health disparities across the cancer-care continuum. I have examined cancer prevention among adolescents; conducted studies in cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screening and follow-up of abnormalities; studied treatment decision making after cancer diagnosis among Latina women; and looked at recruitment barriers, facilitators, and strategies for improving minority participation in cancer-related research.
My research has included epidemiological studies and assessing barriers to and facilitators of health behaviors, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions to improve health outcomes. Participants in my studies have different language preferences and are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, age groups, levels of education, occupations, and socioeconomic and health statuses. I have used a variety of venues and methods for recruiting minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status, including clinic panels, population registries, random-digit dialing, and direct contact.
I have a long history of utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methods with health care organization representatives, health providers and patients. My research has been funded by federal and state agencies and private foundations, and my publications represent diverse areas of research.


University of Buenos Aires-Argentina, B.A., 1979, Sociology
University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.H., 1982, Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 1983, Latin Am. Studies
University of California, Los Angeles, Dr.P.H., 1990, Public Health

Professional Experience

  • 1987-1996
    Researcher in Cancer Control, School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1996-1998
    Assistant Researcher in Public Health, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 1998-2001
    Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 2001-2010
    Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.
  • 2010-present
    Professor in Residence, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.

Selected Publications

  1. Stewart SL, Kaplan CP, Lee R, Joseph G, Karliner L, Livaudais-Toman J, Pasick RJ.. Validation of an Efficient Screening Tool to Identify Low-Income Women at High Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer. Public Health Genomics. 2016; (ePub).
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  2. Stewart SL, Kaplan CP, Lee R, Joseph G, Karliner L, Livaudais-Toman J, Pasick RJ. Validation of an Efficient Screening Tool to Identify Low-Income Women at High Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer. Public Health Genomics. 2016 Oct 28.
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  3. Salgado MV, Mejía RM, Kaplan CP, Pérez-Stable EJ. Smoking-Related Attitudes and Knowledge Among Medical Students and Recent Graduates in Argentina: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Oct 11.
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  4. Howe R, Hassett MJ, Wheelock A, O’Donoghue C, Kaplan C, Ozanne EM. Costs matter: The impact of disclosing treatment costs and provider profit on patients’ decisions. Journal of Cancer Policy. 2016.
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  5. Pasick RJ, Joseph G, Stewart S, Kaplan C, Lee R, Luce J, Davis S, Marquez T, Nguyen T, Guerra C. Effective Referral of Low-Income Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer to Genetic Counseling: A Randomized Delayed Intervention Control Trial. Am J Public Health. 2016 Oct; 106(10):1842-8.
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  6. Alderete E, Gregorich SE, Monteban M, Kaplan CP, Mejia R, Livaudais-Toman J, Pérez-Stable EJ. Effect of appreciation for Indigenous cultures and exposure to racial insults on alcohol and drug use initiation among multiethnic Argentinean youth. Prev Med. 2016 Apr; 85:60-8.
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  7. Kaplan CP, Nápoles A, Davis S, Lopez M, Pasick RJ, Livaudais-Toman J, Pérez-Stable EJ. Latinos and Cancer Information: Perspectives of Patients, Health Professionals and Telephone Cancer Information Specialists. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2016; 9(2):154-167.
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  8. Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner LS, Tice JA, Kerlikowske K, Gregorich S, Pérez-Stable EJ, Pasick RJ, Chen A, Quinn J, Kaplan CP. Impact of a primary care based intervention on breast cancer knowledge, risk perception and concern: A randomized, controlled trial. Breast. 2015 Dec; 24(6):758-66.
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  9. Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Narine S, Gregorich S, Livaudais-Toman J, Nguyen T, Leykin Y, Roach M, Small EJ. Knowledge and attitudes regarding clinical trials and willingness to participate among prostate cancer patients. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov; 45(Pt B):443-8.
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  10. Haas JS, Kaplan CP. The Divide Between Breast Density Notification Laws and Evidence-Based Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening: Legislating Practice. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Sep; 175(9):1439-40.
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  11. Mejia R, Pérez Stable EJ, Kaplan CP, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Peña L, Alderete M, Schoj V, Alderete E. Effectiveness of an Intervention to Teach Physicians How to Assist Patients to Quit Smoking in Argentina. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 May; 18(5):1101-9.
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  12. Schoj V, Mejia R, Alderete M, Kaplan CP, Peña L, Gregorich SE, Alderete E, Pérez-Stable EJ. Use of Smoking Cessation Interventions by Physicians in Argentina. J Smok Cessat. 2016 Sep; 11(3):188-197.
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  13. Kaplan CP, Livaudais-Toman J, Tice JA, Kerlikowske K, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ, Pasick RJ, Chen A, Quinn J, Karliner LS. A randomized, controlled trial to increase discussion of breast cancer in primary care. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Jul; 23(7):1245-53.
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  14. Salgado MV, Mejia R, Kaplan CP, Perez-Stable EJ. Smoking behavior and use of tobacco industry sponsored websites among medical students and young physicians in Argentina. J Med Internet Res. 2014; 16(2):e35.
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  15. Bravo C, O'Donoghue C, Kaplan CP, Luce J, Ozanne E. Can mHealth Improve Risk Assessment in Underserved Populations? Acceptability of a Breast Health Questionnaire App in Ethnically Diverse, Older, Low-Income Women. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2014; 7(4).
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  16. Lee YS, Kaplan CP, Perez-Stable EJ. Elder Mistreatment among Chinese and Korean Immigrants: The Roles of Sociocultural Contexts on Perceptions and Help-Seeking Behaviors. J Aggress Maltreat Trauma. 2014; 23(1):20-44.
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  17. Livaudais-Toman J, Burke NJ, Napoles A, Kaplan CP. Health Literate Organizations: Are Clinical Trial Sites Equipped to Recruit Minority and Limited Health Literacy Patients? J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2014; 7(4):1-13.
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  18. Fehniger J, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner L, Kerlikowske K, Tice JA, Quinn J, Ozanne E, Kaplan CP. Perceived versus objective breast cancer risk in diverse women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 May; 23(5):420-7.
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  19. López ME, Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Hwang ES, Livaudais JC, Karliner LS. Satisfaction with treatment decision-making and treatment regret among Latinas and non-Latina whites with DCIS. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Jan; 94(1):83-9.
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  20. Mejia R, Kaplan CP, Alderete E, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Influence of gender role attitudes on smoking and drinking among girls from Jujuy, Argentina. Prev Med. 2013 Sep; 57(3):194-7.
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