Dr. Ellen Vaughan – School of Education & Human Development

Dr. Ellen Vaughan

Ellen L. Vaughan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Indiana University


Dr. Vaughan is an associate professor in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology programs in the School of Education at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami and completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded post-doctoral fellowship in substance use prevention research at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on substance use and substance use disorders among adolescents and emerging adults with emphases on Latinx and college student populations. This work includes development of a parent-based prevention program for incoming college students to reduce risk for alcohol related sexual assault and interventions for college students with substance use disorders. Interested in Latinx mental health, she also developed a specialty practicum to train Spanish-speaking students in the provision of mental health and substance use services in Spanish and to increase access to Spanish language mental health services in Bloomington, Indiana. She is currently leading two projects funded through Indiana University’s Grand Challenge, “Responding to the Addiction Crisis”. This first is the development of an Addictions Counseling graduate program to meet Indiana’s need for mental health professionals trained to deliver evidenced-based treatment for substance use disorders. This 2nd project is a clinical trial testing a brief cognitive behavioral intervention for young adults with substance use disorders.