Dr. Mary Kaplar is a licensed clinical psychologist who sees both children and adults for a wide range of issues. Her specialties include child psychology, health psychology and wellness, anxiety disorders, and psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery. 


Although children experience many of the same emotional difficulties as adults, such as anxiety and depression, it can be harder to recognize these problems in children. Not only may children show their problems in different ways than adults (such as by "acting out" or having behavioral problems instead of simply "looking sad"), but young children in particular often have difficulty expressing their feelings in words.

At times parents may sense that something is bothering their child or "just seems off," but they are not sure exactly what the problem is and what to do about it. Other times parents already have a good understanding of their child's difficulties and are simply looking for additional treatment resources.

Dr. Kaplar can help every step of the way from diagnosis to treatment. The process typically begins with a comprehensive evaluation, including psychological testing if appropriate. Having an accurate, thorough understanding of the difficulties a child is experiencing is critical to providing the most effective treatment. Dr. Kaplar then works with families to develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to the unique needs of each child and his or her family. Dr. Kaplar works to accommodate children's school schedules by offering after-school appointments whenever possible.

Examples of Services Offered Include:

• Individual and family therapy for children with a variety of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, phobias, behavioral problems, school difficulties, separation anxiety, anger management, self-esteem problems, or ADHD

• Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for parents and their young children with behavioral problems

• Comprehensive psychological evaluations for children experiencing academic, emotional, social, or behavioral difficulties (for example, ADHD evaluations, IQ testing, achievement testing, assessment of social/emotional functioning and adaptive behavior)


Life can be stressful. Work pressure, family responsibilities, relationship stress, health concerns, and other difficulties that may arise can leave people feeling tired, irritable, anxious, and down. Dr. Kaplar helps individuals learn ways to cope with stress, improve their mood, and gain insight into their difficulties.

Utilizing her training and experience in health psychology and wellness, Dr. Kaplar also provides individualized treatment to individuals who want to lose weight, quit smoking, or simply lead a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Examples of Services Offered Include:

• Individual therapy for a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, adjustment problems, stress management, self-esteem issues, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body image, social anxiety, career exploration, and depression

• Weight management, mindfulness, relaxation training, help quitting smoking, learning effective coping skills and tools for healthy living

• Wellness groups aimed at helping participants achieve a healthy weight, manage their stress, and make positive lifestyle changes

• Psychological evaluations, including intelligence testing, personality assessment (such as the MMPI-2), and vocational interest testing, as well as more specialized forms of assessments


Most surgeons require anyone considering bariatric surgery to see a psychologist for an evaluation prior to surgery. The main goals of the assessment include: (1) making sure that individuals are prepared for surgery and understand the risks and lifestyle modifications involved, and (2) helping people learn more about their unique triggers for eating in order to identify potential challenges that might prevent them from staying on track with their weight loss after surgery.

Knowing ahead of time about any difficulties that may arise and coming up with a plan for how to deal with these challenges helps people maximize their chances of success following surgery. Dr. Kaplar works regularly with individuals intending to have bariatric surgery and understands that many people are unsure what to expect at their evaluation.

 How Does The Process Work?

After completing some initial paperwork, individuals meet with Dr. Kaplar for approximately an hour to an hour and a half to discuss a variety of topics, such as their weight history, eating and physical activity habits, reasons for wanting surgery, their medical and psychological history, family background, and any recent lifestyle changes they may have made. They will then be asked to complete several questionnaires, including the MMPI-2. The questionnaires typically take an hour and a half and can be done on the same day or a different day if that is more convenient.

A brief follow-up visit is scheduled for one to two weeks after the assessment. At this meeting Dr. Kaplar thoroughly explains the results of the evaluation, answers questions, and, if necessary, discusses any recommendations. Completed reports are faxed directly to the surgeon's office.


After receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from John Carroll University, Dr. Kaplar earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2006. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology at Harbor Behavioral Healthcare in Toledo, Ohio. She has worked in a variety of settings, including several community mental health centers, a rehabilitation hospital, a university counseling center, a liberal arts college, a university-based psychological services center, and private practice. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association.

Dr. Kaplar has published a number of scientific articles, co-authored a book chapter and an encyclopedia entry, and presented her work at professional conferences. Her research interests include child clinical psychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, obesity treatment, research on the interface of spirituality and health psychology, and relationship satisfaction.


Dr. Kaplar accepts most major insurances and is paneled with a number of insurance companies as a contracted provider. For individuals who choose to pay out of pocket, Dr. Kaplar accepts checks, cash, and credit cards.

For an appointment with Dr. Kaplar or for more information about services please call:

Mary E. Kaplar, Ph.D., LLC
25000 Center Ridge Road, Suite 6
Westlake, OH 44145

Phone: 440-892-7034
(Initial appointments: ext. 218)
(Dr. Kaplar's voicemail: ext. 220)
Fax: 440-250-9013