Allison Vaughn, Ph.D

Associate Professor


Department of Psychology
College of Sciences
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.

San Diego, CA 92182-4611

Office: LS-175
Phone: 619-594-5536
Fax: 619-594-1332

Research Interests

Social Relationships and Health – This research focuses on two broad areas: social relationships and health. We look at a variety of social relationships (friends, significant others, work colleagues) at a variety of stages within those relationships (new relationships, transitions within a relationship). We look at mental health (anxiety, depression) and physical health (cardiovascular functioning like blood pressure and heart rate).

Stereotypes of Sexual Minorities – This research focuses on the stereotypes of and prejudice toward lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Currently, we are examining these stereotypes from the perspective of heterosexuals. We are looking at the similarities and differences in stereotype content across the spectrum of sexual identities.

Lab: Social Relationships and Health Lab

Research Keywords: Relationships, health, cardiovascular, lesbian, gay, bisexual, prejudice, stereotype