About Dr. Audra Kaplan, Tikvah Director
Dr. Audra Kaplan has been involved in day and residential camp programs, as a camper, counselor, educator and director her entire life. For the past four years, she has served as the Camp Director of Camp Firefly, a day and overnight camp program of the Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago. Dr. Kaplan received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her doctorate of clinical psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1996. She has worked with Jewish Child and Family Services since 1997.
Throughout her career, Dr. Kaplan has provided individual, family and group psychotherapy; psychological assessments; supervision and training of graduate students; workshops on clinical supervision; camp consultation; and consultation services to schools and early childhood programs. She also has consulted around issues of inclusion of children with developmental and social disorders. In addition to working at JCFS, Dr. Kaplan is the mother of four children and has a private practice in clinical psychology.
Dr. Kaplan grew up at Camp Ramah Wisconsin, attending as a camper for five summers. Her children are now third generation Ramahniks (as her father also attended Ramah as a camper!) and they have attend Ramah Darom for the past ten summers.
As Ramah Darom Tikvah director, Dr. Kaplan is looking forward to blending her love of camp, her passion for Judaism, with her experience and knowledge as a clinical psychologist.