Christine Anne Vaughan

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Behavioral Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in psychology, University of South Florida; M.A. in psychology, University of South Florida; B.S. in psychology, University of Florida


Christine Vaughan is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research currently focuses on U.S. military service members' post-deployment mental health and reintegration into civilian life. Vaughan is currently involved in the evaluation of multiple Department of Defense programs designed to promote resilience and recovery from deployment-related mental health problems among U.S. military service members and veterans. She is also a co-investigator on a randomized controlled trial of a care management intervention for post-traumatic stress disorder in primary care, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to conducting research on mental health, Vaughan also studies environmental and psychological influences on obesity. She is currently a co-investigator on two linked NIH-funded studies of environmental interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity in a low-income neighborhood. Vaughan earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology from the University of South Florida.

Recent Projects

  • Impact of Greenspace Improvement on Physical Activity in a Low-Income Community
  • Does a New Supermarket Improve Dietary Behaviors of Low-income African Americans?
  • Improving PTSD Management in Primary Care
  • Innovative Practices for Supporting Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tracking the Effectiveness of Warrior and Survivor Care

Selected Publications

Scharf, D.M., Eberhart, N., Schmidt, N., Vaughan, C.A., Dutta, T., Pincus, H.A., & Burnam, A., "Integrating primary care into community behavioral health settings: Program and early implementation experiences.," Psychiatric Services, 2013

Vaughan, C., Wagner, G., Miyashiro, L., Ryan, G., & Scott, J.D., "The role of the home environment and routinization in ART adherence.," Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, 10:176-182, 2011

Vaughan, C., Schell, T.L., Jaycox, L.H., Marshall, G.N., & Tanielian, T. "Quantitative needs assessment of New York state veterans and their spouses.," in T.L. Schell & T. Tanielian, A Needs Assessment of New York State Veterans: Final Report to New York State Health Foundation, RAND Corporation (TR-920-NYSHF), 2010

Vaughan, C.A., & Halpern, C.T., "Gender differences in depressive symptoms during adolescence: The contributions of weight-related concerns and behaviors.," Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20:389-419, 2010

Vaughan, C.A., Foshee, V., & Ennett, S., "Protective effects of support from mothers and peers on depressive symptoms during adolescence.," Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38:261-272, 2010

Vaughan, C.A., Sacco, W.P., & Beckstead, J.W., "Racial/ethnic differences in body mass index: The roles of beliefs about thinness and dietary restriction.," Body Image, 5:291-298, 2008

Sacco, W.P., Wells, K. J., Friedman, A., Matthew, R., Perez, S., and Vaughan, C.A., "Adherence, BMI, and depression in adults with type 2 diabetes: The mediational role of diabetes symptoms and self-efficacy.," Health Psychology, 26:693-700, 2007

Sacco, W.P., & Vaughan, C.A. "Depression and the response of others: A social-cognitive interpersonal process model.," in T.E. Joiner, J.S. Brown, & J. Kistner, The Interpersonal, Cognitive, and Social Nature of Depression, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006