Katy Kaplan, Ph.D

Katy Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan has a Masters degree in Education from the Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an investigator with the TU Collaborative and is the Director of Human Services and Special Initiatives in the office of Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large Dennis O’Brien.  Councilman O’Brien is the Chair of the Committee on Disabilities and Special Needs. Therefore, a majority of her work focuses on disability related issues, with a concentration on families affected by Autism and Mental Health conditions.  Prior to joining Councilman O’Brien’s office Dr. Kaplan was the Associate Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.  Over the last ten years she worked on developing supports and reducing barriers for parents with psychiatric disabilities, which pertains to both her personal experience as a child of a parent with a mental illness and the mission of the TU Collaborative.  She was the lead investigator of the TU Collaborative’s Online Parenting Education and Social Support Study for Mothers’ with a Psychiatric Disability and was responsible for coordinating all Center parenting related activities.  Currently, Dr. Kaplan is the lead investigator of the study entitled, “Identifying prevalence of child protective service involvement and parental resiliency factors of parents with psychiatric disabilities”. She is also the lead investigator on the technical assistance project, “Improving policies to support parents with psychiatric disabilities”.  Dr. Kaplan has peer reviewed publications in the areas of parenting and online interventions and she has presented extensively.  She’s currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges: Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family and was recently interviewed as an expert on parenting with a mental illness on National Public Radio’s show Voices in the Family.


Selected Publications

  • Kaplan, K.., Salzer, M.S., & Brusilovskiy, E. (2012).Community participation as a predictor of recovery-oriented outcomes among emerging and mature adults with mental illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(3), 219-229.
  • Kaplan, K., Salzer, M. S., Solomon, P., Brusilovskiy, E., &Cousounis, P. (2011). Internet peer support for individuals with psychiatric disabilities: A randomized controlled trial. Social Science and Medicine, 72, 54-62.
  • Salzer M.S., Palmer S.C., Kaplan K., Brusilovskiy E., Ten Have T., Hampshire M., Metz J., Coyne J.C. (2010). A randomized, controlled study of Internet peer-to-peer interactions among women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology 19(4), 441-446.
  • Friesen, B., Nicholson, J., Kaplan, K., & Solomon, P. (2009).Parents with a mental illness and implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, Monograph on ASFA. Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy &The Urban Institute.
  • Kaplan, K., Kottsieper, P., Scott, J., Salzer, M. S., & Solomon, P. (2009). AFSA state statutes regarding parents with mental illnesses: A review and targeted intervention. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 33(2), 91-94.
  • Salzer, M. S., Kaplan, K., & Atay, J. (2006). State psychiatric hospital census after the 1999 Olmstead decision: Evidence of decelerating deinstitutionalization. (Brief Report). Psychiatric Services, 57, 1501-1504.