HES Assistant Professor Nicole Vaughn Receives "Unsung Heroes Award"

Rowan University Assistant Professor in Community Health, Nicole A. Vaughn, Ph.D., was one of an awardee at the 2019 American Public Health Association conference in Philadelphia, PA sponsored by the National Community Based Organization Network (NCBON). Vaughn received the “Unsung Heroes Award” in recognition of her dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments in the field of community based public health. Vaughn arrives at Rowan in 2017.

This award honors Vaughn’s 18 years of involvement in community health initiatives and evidence informed community-based participatory  research interventions in minority and underserved communities. This national award was established in 2004 by the American Public Health Community-based Public Health Caucus and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Scholars.

Vaughn earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her MS (Medical Psychology) and Ph.D. (Medical Psychology), degrees from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.  Dr. Vaughn completed a Post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine & Health Disparities in the Washington, DC area.  She was also a Fellow for the National Cancer Institute’s Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) from 2016-2018.

The award ceremony was held at the historic Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia. It is a national historic landmark as the first African American church in the country and the longest continued ownership of land in the African American community dating back to the 1700’s.