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 focuses on environmental and individual influences on dietary intake, physical activity, and obesity. She is currently a co-investigator on two linked NCI-funded studies of environmental interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity in a low-income neighborhood. Vaughan is currently leading an administrative supplement to analyze food receipts data collected from these studies. She is also a co-investigator on a NHLBI-funded study of neighborhood park characteristics, policies, and programming associated with physical activity in parks. Vaughan's research also focuses on U.S. military service members' post-deployment mental health and reintegration into civilian life. She has led and been a co-investigator on several projects evaluating the effects of U.S. military policies and programs on mental health and other outcomes of U.S. military service members and veterans. Vaughan received her Ph.D. 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
  • Do Departments of Parks and Recreation Foster or Alleviate Health Disparities?

Selected Publications

Dubowitz, T., Ghosh-Dastidar, M., Cohen, D.A., Beckman, R., Steiner, E., Hunter, G.P., Florez, K., Huang, C., Vaughan, C.A., Sloan, J.C., Zenk, S.N., Cummins, S., & Collins, R.L., "Neighborhood residents' diet and perceptions changed after a new supermarket came to a food desert.," Health Affairs (forthcoming)

Vaughan, C.A., Farmer, C.M., Breslau, J., & Burnette, C., Evaluation of the Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) Program., RAND Corporation (RR-218-OSD), 2015

Vaughan, C.A., Schell, T.L., Tanielian, T., Jaycox, L.H., & Marshall, G.N., "Prevalence of mental health problems among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have and have not received VA services," Psychiatric Services, 65:833-835, 2014

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

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Spotlight Award for Excellence in Survey Management, Design, Administration, and Analysis