has provided child and family counseling services to the Southeastern Virginia
community for more than 30 years. Following her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 1987, she worked for eight years as
a psychotherapist in Norfolk at The Barry Robinson residential treatment center for emotionally
and behaviorally troubled youth. Next, she was a founding staff member of a Child Abuse Program
that eventually became a nationally accredited Children's Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital of
the King's Daughters. Since 2002, she has been in private practice in Hampton Roads offering
mental health services to trauma victims and their families. In 2003, she completed her dissertation
on parenting sexually abused children earning a PhD in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Currently, she is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director with The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University.
Throughout her career, Dr. Vaughan-Eden
has evaluated and consulted on more than 2,000 cases of
maltreatment and provided expert testimony more than 500 times. She has trained
MSW students, psychology interns, medical residents, physicians, social workers,
guardians ad litem, judges, and law enforcement to enhance their awareness of
child development, assessment, and treatment. She has served as a consultant
and/or expert witness in more than 22 jurisdictions within Virginia as well as
California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and U.S. Federal Court.
In order to enhance her understanding of the judicial system, she attended Loyola University Chicago Law School and in 2013
obtained a Master of Jurisprudence in Childrenís Law and Policy.
As a result of being an expert witness in family courts for more than 25 years,
is active in establishing Collaborative Divorce Solutions in the
Hampton Roads community. Collaborative practice is a non-adversarial process in
which couples select a team of professionals to assist them through their divorce.
Collaborative Divorce Solutions helps non-violent families resolve co-parenting issues
without court involvement. By serving as a child specialist and a divorce coach,
she is able to help couples and families get through a difficult process while
supporting their sense of self-determination. She found that litigated divorces are often
emotionally destructive to families, especially children, therefore she uses collaborative
practice as a constructive way to make the transition.
is the President of the
National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW)
, the President of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
, and the President Emerita of the
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
She also serves on the board of directors of Darkness to Light: Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
Additionally, Dr. Vaughan-Eden
is former Editor-in-Chief of the
Journal for Forensic Social Work
, an Editorial Advisor for the
Journal of Social Work Education
as well as serves on the editorial board and/or as a reviewer for several other national
research journals. She taught for several years as an adjunct professor in the MSW program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
has lectured on child abuse and forensic social work throughout the
United States and abroad including Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
She was recently an invited panelist at a Congressional Briefing entitled Protecting Child Safety in Family Court
sponsored by U.S. Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) with former Congressman Greg Laughlin, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment
and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), Advocates for Child Empowerment and Safety (ACES), and the National Partnership to
End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV). In November 2015, Dr. Vaughan-Eden was
invited by U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV)
to speak at the Congressional Briefing Spare the Rod, Protect the Child: A Reconsideration of Corporal Punishment of
Children in Homes and Schools. In 2011, she participated in the
First Russian-American Child Welfare Forum
a historic event in Russia as part of Obama-Medvedevís Bilateral Presidential Commissionís Civil Society Working Group
and was co-chair of the Second (2012) and Third (2013) Forums. She also was an invited participant of the
International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
Child Sexual Abuse
, a Review of Practical Interventions from an International Perspective.
is the recipient of the 2011 National Children's Advocacy Center's
Outstanding Service Award
in Mental Health,
the 2012 National Association of Social Workers -
Virginia Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award
and in 2013 was recognized by the Childrenís Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation for
Excellence in Child Advocacy. In 2014, she was honored in her local community by
Champions for Children:
Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads
and in 2015, by Family and Childrenís Trust Fund of Virginia
(and the former Governorís Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect).