Dr. Vaughan completed internal medicine and clinical geriatrics training at Emory University in 2007. In order to gain further training in research methodology, Dr. Vaughan completed a 2-year VA Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatric within the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MS) degree at Emory in 2009. Dr. Vaughan serves as the Atlanta Site Director for the Birmingham/Atlanta VA GRECC and is the Section Chief for Geriatrics & Gerontology at Emory University. She joined the Center for Visual & Neurocognitive Rehabilitation as an investigator in 2011. She is currently funded through a VA RR&D Merit Award.
Dr. Vaughan's expertise is in the study of lower urinary tract symptoms among older adults, particularly in the setting of neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson disease. She has evaluated both epidemiologic and clinical trial data in order to understand functional and quality of life effects of lower urinary tract symptoms as well as multicomponent treatment strategies. Her Rehab R&D CDA awards focus on developing management strategies which incorporate pelvic floor muscle exercise-based behavioral therapy to treat urinary symptoms in veterans with Parkinson disease.