Rachel L. Kaplan, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences
Affiliate Faculty, Center of Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, San Francisco State University

Dr. Kaplan is trained in Public Health and Social Science with experience in sexual and mental health and HIV prevention and treatment in the Middle East and North Africa. With a focus on international HIV prevention among key populations, Dr. Kaplan is interested in the intersections of risk, gender, sexuality, conflict and health in the Middle East and North Africa. Having worked on HIV research in the region since 2006, Dr. Kaplan is Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to determine potential strategies for addressing sexual and mental health risk and resilience among transgender women in Lebanon.


Areas of interest:

  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Sexual and mental health
  • Transgender health