Marsha Vaughn, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

Marsha Vaughn 
Core Faculty
Couple and Family Therapy Department


  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
  • M.MFT, Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University
  • B.A., Human Resource Management, Harding University
  • Graduate Certificate, Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education, Northern Illinois University
  • Residency, Clinical Pastoral Education, Covenant Health System, Lubbock, TX

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)

Areas of Expertise and Academic/Research Interests

  • Global issues in family therapy and mental health
  • Couple and family therapy education and pedagogy
  • Family systems and other organizations (business, religion)

Select Publications

  • Skar, A. S., Abreu, R., & Vaughn, M. J. (2019). Strengthening a whole child approach within residential settings through psychosocial support and nutritional guidance. Child Care in Practice, 25(3), 230-247.
  • Vaughn, M. J. (2017, January). Tipping the balance between work and family: Religious
    beliefs and social obligation among female entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa. NCFR Report, 62(1).
  • Jankowski, P. J., Ivey, D. C., & Vaughn, M. J. (2012). Re-visioning a model of clinical judgment for systemic practitioners. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 31, 17-35.
  • Jankowski, P. J., & Vaughn, M. J. (2009). Differentiation of self and spirituality: Empirical explorations. Counseling and Values, 53(2), 82-96.

Select Presentations

  • Vaughn, M. J., & Svevo-Cianci, K. The International Child Development Programme: Enhancing caregiver competence. Presentation at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 2016.
  • Vaughn, M. J. With what are we entrusted? Motivation and meaning for steward-managers of family firms. Poster presented at the Family Enterprise Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico, April 2010.
  • Martin, W. L., Vaughn, M. J., & Lumpkin, G. T. (2005, June). Toward a clarification of “family orientation”: An integration of entrepreneurship and family business theories. Paper presentation at the Special Forum for Transgenerational Business Issues, Babson Kaufmann Entrepreneurial Research Conference, Babson College, MA. (Winner, Best Unpublished Paper Award)

Select Awards or Recognitions

  • Board Member, Refuge for Women-Chicago