Brian E. Vaughn Ph.D
Human Sciences Professor
Brian  Vaughn headshot

205 CHEER Building

(334) 844-3235



Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Child Psychology, 1979
M.A. University of Minnesota, Child Psychology, 1974
B.A. Arizona State University, Psychology, 1971
Research Interests
• Attachment
• Emotions
• Parent-Child Relationships
• Peer Relationships
• Social Development
Courses Taught
2017   Named Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science
2011   New York Attachment Consortium Bowlby/Ainsworth Award
1998   Endowed Professorship at Auburn University (Human Sciences Professor of Human Development)
1993   Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Director’s Research Award
Selected Publications
Adler-Baeder, F., Carneau, C., Vaughn, B., McGill, J., Harkourt, K. T., Ketring, S., & Smith, T. (2018). The effects of mother participation in relationship education on coparenting, parenting and child social competence: Modeling spillover effects for low-income minority preschool children. Family Process, 57, 113-131.

Santos, A. J., & Vaughn, B. E. (2018). Socioethological/Developmental Principles and Perspectives on Peer Interactions, Relationships, and Groups from Early Childhood through Adolescence. In W. Bukowski, B. Laursen, & K. H. Rubin, Eds. Handbook of Peer Interactions, Relationships, and Groups 2nd edition. Pp. 23-44. New York: Guilford Press.

Fernandes, C., Verissimo, M., Monteiro, L., Antunes, M., Vaughn, B. E, Santos, A. J. (2018) Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters: are there sex differences in the organization of secure base behavior during early childhood? Infant Behavior and Development, 50, 213-223. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2018.01.006

Vaughn, B. E. (2018). The mother-child attachment partnership in early childhood: Secure base behavioral and representational processes – Commentary. In G. E. Posada & H. S. Waters (Issue Eds). Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, Serial No. 331, Vol. 83:4, pp. 154-161.

Philbrook, L., Vaughn, B. E., Lu, T., Krzysik, L. & El Sheikh, M. (Version of record published on line ahead of print, Sept. 4, 2018) Stability and change in daytime and nighttime sleep in children attending daycare. International Journal of Behavioral Development,