With great sadness

June 23, 2015 at 5:42 AM



It is with great sadness that we report that our Division Director, friend, and colleague, Vaughn Rickert, passed away unexpectedly on June 17, 2015.

Vaughn Rickert, PsyD, was the director of Adolescent Medicine and Donald P. Orr Professor of Adolescent Medicine with IU School of Medicine and service line chief with IU Health Physicians. He was 62.

Born in Galesburg, Ill., Vaughn received his masters and specialist in School Psychological Services and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University. He completed his internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at The Kennedy Krieger Institute. Vaughn joined IU School of Medicine faculty as section director of Adolescent Medicine in 2009. Prior to joining IUSM, Vaughn was a professor of Clinical Population and Family Health and director of the academic program at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Vaughn had an extensive history of research in the area of adolescent health including contraceptive practices of young women and relationship violence among adolescents. He was a nationally known leader in adolescent health. He was the first psychologist to serve as president of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and also served as the program chair for the 2010 and 2011 SAHM annual scientific meetings. He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescent Health

Vaughn is survived by his wife Cynthia and sons Jeffrey, Ryan and Mason.

“Vaughn was an extraordinarily caring and dynamic leader, colleague, father, and husband. His devotion to adolescent health was apparent in his research, mentorship, and clinical practice. He will be sorely missed by all of us at IU and by the many people he has touched across the country and around the world.”