Vaughn McCall

Department Chair

Vaughn McCall

Department Chair


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior

College of Nursing
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing

The Graduate School

Other Duties

Case Distinguished Univ Chair of Psy & Hlth Behav, Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Executive Vice Dean


Dr. McCall has been the Case Distinguished University Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University since 2012. He also serves as Executive Vice Dean of MCG. He completed his medical degree and post-graduate psychiatric training at Duke University. He completed a Masters degree in Epidemiology from Wake Forest University. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and sleep medicine. His research interests include depression, electroconvulsive therapy, quality of life, insomnia, and suicide. He received 22 years of research support from the National Institute of Mental Health, and he has more than 500 published items, including more than 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, with a Google Scholar H-index of 55. His papers in the American Journal of Psychiatry were twice picked by the Editors as among 7 “most interesting and important papers” published in that journal for the years 2017 and 2019. He is Editor of the Journal of ECT, Past Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and on the Editorial Board of Sleep. He has been the Past President of the Association for Convulsive Therapy, and a prior Director of the Board of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He previously was the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine from 2001-2012.

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  • MS, Epidemiology Wake Forest University, 1999

  • MD, Medicine Duke University, 1984


  • Certificate in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation The International Society for Neurostimulation (formerly the Association for Convulsive Therapy), 2009

  • South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners #MD36407 2013

  • Georgia Composite Medical Board # 67733 2012

  • North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners #29335 1985

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association 2020

  • Listed in 2019-20 “Best Doctors in America”® Psychiatry 2020

  • Listed in Top Doctors® for Psychiatry 2020

  • 2017-18 Fellow of the AMA’s Council of Deans 2018

  • Listed in 2017-18 Who’s Who in America® 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • RPSY 5000



Selected Recent Publications

  • Studying the feasibility and acceptability of an interactive web-based lethal means safety decision aid for hospitalized adults with suicide risk (Lock to Live). , 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Association between the real-world use of GABA receptor agonists and daytime impairment in US patients with insomnia, 2023
  • Association between the real-world use of trazodone and daytime impairment in US patients with insomnia, 2023
  • Do placebos primarily affect subjective as opposed to objective measures? A meta-analysis of placebo responses in insomnia RCTs, 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • . Designing Clinical Trials to Assess the Impact of Pharmacological Treatment for Suicidal Ideation/Behavior: Issues and Potential Solutions. , 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Professional Service

  • Community Faculty Consortium, part of Group on Faculty Affairs of Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). 2017 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association Board of Trustees 2012 - Present

    Role: Member
  • SLEEP 2012 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Journal of Addiction Medicine 2009 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Association for Convulsive Therapy 2008 - Present

    Role: Other