Saint Louis University

Michael Vaughn, PhD

Professor of Social Work; Director of the PhD in Social Work Program

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Research Interests: Etiology of antisocial behaviors; biosocial research and theory; juvenile psychopathy; drug abuse; psychiatric epidemiology; school dropout; prevention and treatment of adolescent problem behaviors; Immigrants; youth policy

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Teaching Areas: Philosophy of Science and Theory Development; Human Behavior Theory; Research Methods and Statistics; Social Policy; Addictions; Juvenile Delinquency

Education History: Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Social Science and Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
MA, Liberal Studies, Regis University
MA, Criminology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
BS, Criminal Justice, Minor: Anthropology, Truman State University 

Professional Membership: American Psychological Association
American Society of Criminology
Skeptics Society
Society for Social Work and Research
Society for the Study of Addiction
Society for Research on Adolescence
Certificate in Applied Human Nutrition, American Academy of Nutrition

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(314) 977-2718


Michael Vaughn, director of the PhD in Social Work Program, is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of adolescent antisocial behavior, substance abuse, violence, delinquency and chronic offending, and juvenile psychopathy. Current projects funded by federal and foundation sources involve the epidemiology, etiology, and prevention of youth violence, the prediction and prevention of school dropout, testing biosocial models using twin samples, examining problem behavior in national data international data sets.

He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, serves on several editorial boards and is an ad hoc reviewer for over 50 journals in multiple fields of study. His most recent books are Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings (Oxford), Human Behavior: A Cell to Society Approach (Wiley & Sons), Social Work Practice in the Addictions (Springer), and International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology (Routledge).

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