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 was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Emory Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and as an Investigator in the Birmingham/Atlanta GRECC in 2009. She joined the Rehab R&D CoE as an investigator in 2011. She is currently funded through a VA RR&D CDA-2 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.