Prior to accepting a tenure-track position with Texas State University, Adam Vaughan has held several collaborative research positions with police services. For six years he was research project manager within the secure policing research laboratory Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia (BC).
Dr. Vaughan has worked with a variety of police services to assist them with development of an evidence-based understanding the quality and quantity of police interactions with persons with serve mental illness (PwSMI). Large-scale police records management systems were the primary source of data for this research and the results were validated through a series of interviews and focus groups with policing subject matter experts. Dr. Vaughan continues to collaborate with his research colleagues from BC. For example, he and his colleagues were recently awarded two grants through the BC Law Foundation and a provincial workplace insurer to continue his is research in exploring the health impact of assaults against police officers, developing and testing online resources to improve mental wellness in paid and volunteer emergency service providers, and exploring the role of presumptive employment legislation for mental illnesses in emergency responders (e.g., PTSD).
Mental health response evaluations
Calls for service data
Evaluation of South Simcoe's COAST response program. SSHRC funded.
Evaluation of a COAST response program. SSHRC funded.
Evaluation of mental health calls across Canada. This project involves prevalence estimates, file reviews to capture call features, interviews with crime/data analysts across the country, etc.
Evaluation of de-escalation training with a municipal police service. This project includes a content review of their training and tracking de-escalation use by 48 new recruits across the first year of their career (through surveys, interviews, coach officer assessments, and observations during ride alongs.
Coding of de-escalation and use of force - developing decision making and performance coding frameworks, including data related to inter-rater reliability, for use when conducting ride along studies, coding BWC footage, and assessint training; this includes a component where we're exploring the relationship between de-escalation and officer safety. SSHRC funded.