Cameron M. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine

Office: Doctors Office Building
Tel: (901) 448-2774


  • Ph.D., University of California - Santa Barbara, Economics
  • B.A., Brandeis University, Economics


  • Assistant Professor (2013 - Present)  

Department of Preventive Medicine; University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  •  Postdoctoral Associate (2011 - 2013)

Department of Health Policy & Management; University of Pittsburgh

  • Lecturer (2008-2010)

Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics; California State University - Channel Islands

  • Lecturer (2008)

Department of Economics, University of California - Santa Barbara

Research Interest/Specialty

 My research focuses on behavioral health economics and health policy. My recent work has touched on many topics including examining geographic and ethic disparities in health outcomes, optimal insurance benefit design, the impact of health on education, and most prominently, how economic incentives can affect healthy behaviors and health status.

Research Keywords

 Behavioral health economics, pharmaceutical economics, comparative effectiveness, insurance benefit design, determinants of health. 


  1. Kaplan, C, Zhang, Y. Assessing the comparative-effectiveness of antidepressants commonly prescribed for depression in the US Medicare population. J Ment Health Policy Econ, 15 (4), 171-8, 2012.
  2. Zhang, Y, Steinman, MA, Kaplan, CM. Geographic variation in outpatient antibiotic prescribing among older adults. Arch Intern Med, 172 (19), 1465-71, 2012.
  3. Zhang, Y, Baik, SH, Chang, CC, Kaplan, CM, Lave, JR. Disability, race/ethnicity, and medication adherence among Medicare myocardial infarction survivors. Am Heart J, 164 (3), 425-433.e4, 2012.
  4. Kaplan, RM, Anderson JP, Kaplan, CM. Modeling Quality Adjusted Life Expectancy Loss Resulting From Tobacco Use in the United States. Social Indicators Research, 81 (1), 51–64, 2007.