Erikka Vaughan joined New York Institute of Technology as planning support specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs in August 2020 to directly support New York Tech's strategic planning initiatives. Trained in clinical psychology, Vaughan's transition to project management at New York Tech is grounded in her experience in project collaboration, bridge building (previously amongst children, families, teachers, providers, administrators, and community organizations), and using empirical evidence to inform decision making.

Vaughan completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Howard University and her doctoral degree in Psychology at Indiana University, where she was educated in the clinical science model, conducted secondary data analyses of large-scale and longitudinal surveys, and trained in evidence-based assessment and treatment in inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed a predoctoral psychology internship at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Child Study Center, where she continued to receive cutting-edge and interdisciplinary training across diverse contexts. Vaughan completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Andrus Mental Health Division working in community mental health and a collaborative, school-based program; she remained at Andrus as a clinician following her fellowship year. She is currently a licensed psychologist in the State of New York.