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Michael Vaughn, Ph.D.

Professor; Social Work
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Ph.D. in Social Work program

Courses Taught

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


  • Ph.D., Washington University-St. Louis

Research Interests

Biosocial research and theory; drug abuse; etiology of antisocial behaviors; immigrants; juvenile psychopathy; prevention and treatment of adolescent problem behaviors; psychiatric epidemiology; school dropout; youth policy.

Vaughn is founder and director of SLU's Health Criminology Research Consortium.

Publications and Media Placements

Vaughn has published more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books, serves on several editorial boards and is an ad hoc reviewer for more than 80 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), International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology (Routledge), and Drug Abuse and Antisocial Behavior: A Biosocial Life-Course Approach (Palgrave MacMillan).

Professional Organizations and Associations

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