Susan CaplanSusan Caplan, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Division of Nursing Science



PhD: Yale University
MSN: Pace University
AAS: Kingsborough Community College
BFA: Tufts University

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Research and Clinical Interests: 

For more than ten years, I have been working with Latino immigrants as a bilingual, bicultural primary care provider and researcher in Latino mental health. My experience as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Rutgers and mental health services researcher has given me a unique set of skills that can be applied to global health and health care disparities. In 2010, I completed my PhD at Yale University School of Arts and Sciences. My research, “Causal Beliefs about Depression among Ecuadorian, Dominican and Colombian immigrants,” analyzed how religious and supernatural causation beliefs influenced help-seeking behaviors, stigma and attitudes about treatment of depression. Building upon this research, I have investigated cultural and religious influences on help-seeking for depression among a subset of participants in a Robert Woods Johnson Diabetes prevention study. This area of research led to a subsequent pilot interventional study to address health care disparities in mental health treatment. “Improving Mental Health Literacy among Latino Immigrants in the Faith-Based Setting.” This research was a community-based pilot education and treatment engagement intervention for depression which combined Western bio -medicine and faith-based teachings.

In the area of global mental health, I recently completed an interdisciplinary study, "Healthcare of People with Serious Persistent Mental Illness in the Dominican Republic.” This research described the challenges to mental health service delivery in the Dominican Republic (DR) and stigma among health care professionals towards treating persons with mental illness.   Currently, I am funded by Sigma Theta Tau International. The current investigation is a pilot study “Development of a CBT Interactive Voice Thread app to Improve Depression Treatment Outcomes among Dominican Primary Care Patients."  Susan Caplan, Adrian Aguilar, Angelina Sosa, Patricia Reyna, which will be tested among Dominican primary care patients in Santo Domingo.

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