Ron Kaplan, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Ron Kaplan enjoys varied roles within the practice and wider professional community. Dr. Kaplan is a registered psychologist with competence in clinical, rehabilitation and neuropsychology (including seniors), and child psychology and neuropsychology. He supervises our clinicians in their assessment, consultation, rehabilitation and treatment work, and carries out psycholegal and neuropsycholegal assessments. Dr. Kaplan frequently meets with patients regarding their assessment and treatment, and interviews patients undergoing psycholegal assessments for tort, disability and catastrophic impairment determinations. As Director of Neuropsychological Services Dr. Kaplan supervises assessment and treatment of patients with brain injury, post concussion symptoms, bodily injury, mental disorder, pain and medical conditions affecting neuropsychological function. Dr. Kaplan testifies at Arbitrations and Court. Dr. Kaplan educates health professionals, insurers and lawyers regarding psychological impairment, disability, evidence based assessment and treatment, and application of psychology to tort and accident benefits practice.
Dr. Kaplan has co chaired the Ontario Psychological Association auto insurance subcommittee since 1989, addressing legislative committees and presenting numerous briefs to government on auto insurance reform. In this role he has also been appointed to government consultation groups. The OPA auto subcommittee has developed guidelines for assessment and treatment under auto insurance. Dr. Kaplan was director of the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society (1982-1987) and is a past president. Dr. Kaplan was appointed by the Minister of Finance to the Accident Benefits Advisory Committee for Bill 164 in 1994. In 1997 he was appointed by the Minister of Finance to be a member of the Minister’s Committee on the Designated Assessment Center System and held this position through 2001. As vice chair of the Minister’ committee for the DAC System Dr. Kaplan was involved in developing guidelines for assessment of disability and catastrophic impairment. He served on the Expert Panel, which reviewed the catastrophic impairment definition in 2010/2011.
Dr. Kaplan received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in psychology from the University of North Carolina in 1968. He earned his Master of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology from Yale University (1972), and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo (1974). Dr. Kaplan was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University from 1975-1993. He was a full-time staff psychologist at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals from 1974-1993, and part time until April 2001. He was Director of the McMaster Hospital division psychology service from 1987-1993. He retired as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Science, McMaster University in 2006. Dr. Kaplan completed a postgraduate certificate program in 2011 through the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine in Insurance Medicine and Medicolegal Expertise.
Dr. Kaplan’s 25 year career in the hospital sector included a focus on neurological disorders, schizophrenia, and pediatric brain injury and pediatric oncology, as well as consultation to the hospital MS Clinic and acute psychotic disorders clinic. Dr. Kaplan has had a long career in psychological research and scientific publication and presentation. He has published in the areas of chronic insomnia, neurohormones in schizophrenia, metabolic brain imaging in schizophrenia (positron emission tomography), and neuropsychology of schizophrenia.
Dr. Kaplan is a founding member of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA). He received the Karl Heiser Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association in 1993 and the Ontario Psychological Association Award in 1994 for his advocacy efforts on behalf of professional psychology. He received the OPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.