Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Following medical school, Koplan trained in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry in New York and Atlanta. She practiced child and adolescent psychiatry at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Trinidad, West Indies, and at the Emory University Student Health Service. In the mid-1990s, she was assistant director of The Carter Center Mental Health Program, where she helped organize the annual Rosalynn Carter Symposia on Mental Health Policy. This sparked her interest in teaching mental health policy and prevention science, which she has done for the last fifteen years at the Rollins School of Public Health as an adjunct assistant professor. She has worked as a volunteer in community organizations related to prevention of mental disorders and suicide. She is currently immediate past chair of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Georgia, which is working toward implementing statewide suicide prevention measures. Through the coalition, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, she has been the meeting coordinator for three statewide suicide-prevention stakeholders’ conferences (2005–2009) and three suicide-prevention conferences at Georgia colleges and universities (2008–2010). She is also participating in a project to educate psychiatrists about prevention through her work on the Prevention Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.