Leigh Ann Vaughn

Leigh Ann Vaughn

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Social Psychology
Phone:(607) 274-7353
Office:115A Williams Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850


My research team and I study the effects of motivation and personality on social judgment and psychological well-being, and we are also contributing to the Many Labs reproducibility projects.

Research Interests

Attitudes, Attribution, Cognitive Feelings, Emotion, Motivation, Social Cognition, Reproducibility

Personal Information

I was born and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is a NASA town. My parents didn't work at NASA, but lots of parents I knew did. In college, I first went to Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, then I transferred to Smith College in Northampton, MA, where I got my BA in psychology. I was a theater major, then a geology major, and finally a psychology major. The reason I chose psychology was that it passed the bookstore test: psychology was the part of the bookstore I kept going to. I got a PhD in social psychology at the University of Michigan, then I did a postdoc in social psychology at The Ohio State University. If Michigan and Ohio State are playing, I root for the Buckeyes. I love my job at Ithaca, and I love my husband, who works in DC. Hiking is my hobby. I am a first generation college student.

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