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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Concussion
  • Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)
  • Neuropsychological assessment

Education & Training

  • B.A., Psychology, Business, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, (1994-1998)
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, (1999-2002)
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, (2003-2007)

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine


Christopher Vaughan, Psy.D., is a pediatric neuropsychologist and a member of the Division of Neuropsychology at Children's National Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Vaughan is a member of the Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program, where he evaluates and treats children and adolescents with sports and non-sports related concussions. He is actively involved in research and is the principle investigator on a project using advanced neuroimaging techniques to better understand the neurobiological correlates of concussions. 

Vaughan has presented his research at national and international conferences, is a co-author on several book chapters, and has published multiple research articles in scholarly journals. He is co-author of Multimodal Assessment of Cognition & Symptoms (MACS), a neuropsychological test developed for measuring cognitive and symptom sequelae following concussion. Vaughan is also a charter member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society (SNS) and is the society's current Secretary. He serves as a co-consultant to the NHL's concussion program.

Research & Publications