Christine Anne Vaughan

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Behavioral Scientist
Off Site 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 examines influences on mental and physical health and related interventions, programs, and policies in military and civilian populations. She is co-leading a study that examines how mental health problems and traumatic brain injury (TBI) vary by discharge type among former members of the U.S. Air Force. She has also led and been a co-investigator on several other projects evaluating the effects of U.S. military policies and programs on the health and well-being of U.S. military service members and veterans. Vaughan is also actively engaged in research on individual and environmental influences on diet and physical activity. She is a co-investigator on a NHLBI-funded study of neighborhood park characteristics, policies, programming associated with physical activity in parks, and a co-investigator on a NCI-funded study of an environmental intervention to increase physical activity in a low-income neighborhood. Vaughan was also a co-investigator on a NCI-funded study of an environmental intervention to improve diet in a low-income neighborhood, for which she led an analysis of food receipts data to understand patterns of food purchasing behavior. Vaughan received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of South Florida. 

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Python/Data Science Instructor at Mission U, San Francisco, CA;

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
  • Do Departments of Parks and Recreation Foster or Alleviate Health Disparities?
  • Assessing the Prevalence and Impacts of Invisible Wounds on Discharged Airmen

Selected Publications

Vaughan, C.A., Collins, R., Ghosh-Dastidar, M., Beckman, R., & Dubowitz, T. , "Does where you shop or who you are predict what you eat?: The role of stores and individual characteristics in dietary intake," Preventive Medicine, 100, 2017

Vaughan, C.A., Cohen, D.A., Ghosh-Dastidar, M., Hunter, G.P., & Dubowitz, T., "Where do food residents buy most of their junk food? Supermarkets," Public Health Nutrition, 2016

Vaughan, C.A., Ghosh-Dastidar, M., & Dubowitz, T. , "Attitudes and barriers to healthy diet and physical activity: A latent profile analysis," Health Education & Behavior, 45, 2018

Vaughan, C.A., Cohen, D., & Han, B. , "How do racial/ethnic groups differ in their use of neighborhood parks? Findings from the National Study of Neighborhood Parks," Journal of Urban Health (forthcoming)

Vaughan, C.A., Trail, T., Mahmud, A., Dellva, S., Tanielian, T., & Friedman, E. , "Informal caregivers’ experiences and perceptions of an online peer support network: A mixed-methods study," Journal of Medical Internet Research (forthcoming)

Vaughan, C.A., Miles, J.N.V., Eisenman, D.P., & Meredith, L.S., "Longitudinal associations among pain, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and stress appraisals," Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29, 2016

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, 2014

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, 2010

Honors & Awards

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