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Shirley Vaughn, MS
1934 - 2017

Shirley Arlene Vaughn was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1955 and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1958. Vaughn worked in the Metro Detroit area for 22 years as a Forensic Psychologist, including positions as the Clinic Director at Detroit's Recorders Court (currently the Wayne County Circuit Court).

She was often interviewed by various news outlets on the Mental Health Code of 1974 and its impact on the court system and surrounding communities. She worked closely with the Detroit Police Department and gave several presentations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on profiling and forensic psychology. After retiring from court service in 1986, she became a psychology instructor at Henry Ford Community College. Vaughn’s community service included being a founding member and board member of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County whose mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit cultural and historical materials about the life and work of African Americans in Washtenaw County, MI. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

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