Christopher Vaughan, M.S.W.. Ph.D. '06

Practicum Faculty Adviser
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B.A., University of Maryland
M.S.W., University of Maryland
Ph.D., Smith College School for Social Work


Dr. Vaughan received his B.A. in psychology and M.S.W. from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2006. He also holds certificates in supervision from Smith College SSW as well as in marriage and family therapy from The Tavistock Institute. He has been adjunct faculty at Smith College SSW since 2011, primarily as a faculty field adviser. His clinical work began as a medical social worker in the areas of HIV/AIDS in the late 80s. This involved work in both inpatient and home-based care. He also ran an HIV counseling and testing program in the early 90s.

He has maintained a full time private practice in Washington, DC and Eagle County, Colorado providing individual, couples and group psychotherapy for over 25 years. Areas of interest include evolutionary psychology, psychodynamic theory and neurobiology as well as the process of how students develop a sense of professional identity. Throughout his professional life, Vaughan has been committed to racial justice issues and has led numerous racial justice workshops for individuals and small organizations. For the last 10 years, he has been a facilitator for Executive Directors of Local (DC) and National LGBTQIA organizations. As part of his self care, he is an avid runner and triathlete completing eight Ironman and 14 marathons.