- Ph.D., University of Michigan, Social Psychology
- M.A., University of Michigan, Social Psychology
- B.A., Smith College, Psychology
I joined the Department of Psychology of Ithaca College in Fall 2001 after serving as a postdoctoral fellow and researcher at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH).
- Social Psychology
- Personality Psychology
- Social and Personality Research Team
- Senior Seminar on the Credibility Revolution in Psychology
- Independent Supervised Research (including Honors Theses)
For over 10 years, my research team and I have studied how motivational states affect social judgment. All of the articles I have published with members of my team are on this topic (e.g., Vaughn, Baumann, & Klemmann, 2008; Vaughn, Garvey, & Chalachan, 2020; Vaughn, Hesse, Petkova, & Trudeau, 2009; Vaughn, Childs, Maschinski, Niño, & Ellsworth, 2010; Vaughn, Harkness, & Clark, 2010; Vaughn, Dubovi, & Nino, 2013). The motivational states we have focused on the most are promotion and prevention focus (e.g., Higgins, 1998). Promotion-focused goal pursuit serves needs for growth and self-realization, and strategies preferred in a promotion focus are eager ones. Prevention-focused goal pursuit serves needs for security and safety, and strategies preferred in a prevention focus are vigilant ones. Lately, our research has turned increasingly to what would cause people to adopt a promotion or prevention focus in a given situation or activity, and how these motivational states relate to various aspects of psychological well-being.
Within the past few years, my research team and I also have contributed to Many Labs, Psychological Science Accelerator and other international research projects. These projects examine factors that affect the reproducibility of psychological effects across settings and samples.
I was born and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is a NASA town. My parents didn't work at NASA, but lots of parents I knew did. In college, I first went to Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, then I transferred to Smith College in Northampton, MA, where I got my B.A. in psychology. I was a theater major, then a geology major, and finally a psychology major. The reason I chose psychology was that it passed the bookstore test: psychology was the part of the bookstore I kept going to. I got a Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Michigan, then I did a postdoc in social psychology at The Ohio State University. If Michigan and Ohio State are playing, I root for the Buckeyes. I love my job at Ithaca, and I love my husband, who works in Ithaca. Hiking is my hobby. I am a first-generation college student.