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Kalman Kaplan

Kalman Kaplan

Kalman Kaplan is Professor of Clinical Psychology in both the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Medical Education at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He is also Director of the Program in Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health originally developed with the generous help of the Fulbright International Exchange Program and the John Templeton Foundation. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Tel Aviv University and has taught at a number of colleges and universities including the University of California, Boston University, Harvard University Summer School, the University of Massachusetts, and Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Kaplan has held appointments at Bell Laboratories, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Harvard University Divinity School, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, Rush-Presbyterian Medical Center, and Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, where he directed the Center for Research on Suicide and Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Kaplan has also been Ezra Sensibar Visiting Professor of Judaism and Psychology at Spertus. He has been editor of the Journal of Psychology and Judaism and on the editorial board of Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying. He is a reviewer for the International Journal of the Psychology of Religion and has been the recipient of federal grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Kaplan is a social and developmental psychologist as well as a licensed clinical psychologist and has published widely in the area of interpersonal and international relations and life-span developmental psychology, specifically concentrating on aging, family theory, and therapy. He is an expert in the emerging field of biblical psychology, in transactional analysis in schizophrenia, and in suicide/suicide prevention. He was the co-recipient of the 1998 Alexander Gralnick Award for outstanding original research in suicide and schizophrenia. He is a fellow of the End of Life Committee of the American Psychological Association.

Jewish Studies

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana
MA, University of Illinois at Urbana
BA, Northwestern University


The Family: Biblical and Psychological Foundations
A Psychology of Hope
Jewish Approaches to Suicide, Martyrdom, and Euthanasia
Living with Schizophrenia
Biblical Stories for Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Sourcebook
The Seven Habits of the Good Life: How the Biblical Virtues Free Us from the Seven Deadly Sins

Research Interests

Biblical Psychology
Suicide and Suicide Prevention


Biblical Psychology