Michael Vaughn, PhD


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Michael Vaughn, Ph.D., is a Professor of Social Work at the College for Public Health and Social Justice at St. Louis University. His research interests are biosocial research and theory, drug abuse, the etiology of antisocial behaviors, immigrants, juvenile psychopathy, the prevention and treatment of adolescent problem behaviors, psychiatric epidemiology, school dropout, and youth policy.

Dr. Vaughn is the Founder and Director of SLU's Health Criminology Research Consortium. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books, and he serves on several editorial boards and is an ad hoc reviewer for more than 80 journals in multiple fields of study. Dr. Vaughn's 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).

He teaches courses on the philosophy of science and theory development, human behavior theory, research methods and statistics, social policy, addictions, and juvenile delinquency. Dr. Vaughn earned his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.