Christal Badour

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Psychology
  • Health, Society and Populations
207-N Kastle Hall
(859) 323-3817
Other Affiliations:
  • Orofacial Pain Clinic
  • Lexington VA Medical Center
  • Center for Equality and Social Justice
Research Interests:
B.A., Psychology and Political Science, Tulane University, 2007
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, 2011
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, 2014
Graduate Mentorship:

***Dr. Badour will be available to mentor an incoming Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program for the 2019/2020 academic year.***

Prospective students interested in studying the following topics are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Disgust, mental contamination, and PTSD
  • Role of emotional experience/regulation in understanding PTSD, substance abuse, and other risk behaviors
  • Violence against women

My research interests fall into two related domains:

Trauma and Emotion: This work is focused on understanding the development, maintenance, and treatment of psychopathology following traumatic experiences. Much of this work examines the role of specific negative emotions (e.g., disgust, shame, guilt) and skills for regulating emotions in understanding posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and commonly comorbid concerns including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, and suicide.

Maximizing Responses to Trauma-Informed Interventions: Increasingly my research is focused on identifying mediators and moderators of symptom change during psychological treatments for PTSD and for co-occurring PTSD and substance abuse. This work is aimed at enhancing existing interventions and guiding development of new targeted interventions to improve outcomes for patients with trauma-related psychopathology.

Although I am interested in trauma broadly, most of my research has been conducted among women with histories of interpersonal trauma (i.e., sexual and physical assault/abuse) and among combat veterans. 

Click here to see Dr. Badour talk about her work as part of the NIH-sponsored Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Scholar's program in the College of Medicine.

Clinical Services

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Badour provides evidence-based assessment and treatment of PTSD to patients in the Orofacial Pain Center at the Kentucky Clinic. She also supervises student clinicians in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. 


Selected Publications: 

Denotes a student co-author at the time the work was conducted.

Badour, C. L., & Feldner, M. T. (in press). The role of disgust in PTSD: A critical review of the empirical literature. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

Bountress, K. E., Badour, C. L., Flanagan, J., Gilmore, A. K., & Back, S. E. (in press). Treatment of co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use: Does order of onset predict outcomes? Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Flanagan, J. C., Allan, N. P., Calhoun, C. D., Badour, C. L., Moran-Santa Maria, M., Brady, K. T., & Back, S. E. (in press). Effects of oxytocin on stress reactivity and craving in Veterans with co-occurring PTSD and alcohol use disorder. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Adams, T. G., Kelmendi, B., Brake, C. A., Gruner, P., Badour, C. L., & Pittenger, C. (2018). The role of stress in the pathogenesis and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Chronic Stress, 2, 1-11.

Brake, C. A., Jones, A. C., Wakefield, J., & Badour, C. L. (2018). Mental contamination and trauma: Understanding posttraumatic stress, risky behaviors, and help-seeking attitudes. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 17, 31-38.

Gilmore, A., K., Walsh, K., Badour, C. L., Ruggiero, K., Kilpatrick, D., & Resnick, H. S. (2018). Suicidal ideation, posttraumatic stress, and substance abuse based on forcible and drug- or alcohol-facilitated/incapacitated rape histories in a national sample of women. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 48, 183-192.

Jones, A. C.Badour, C. L., Brake, C. A.Hood, C. O., & Feldner, M. T. (2018). Facets of emotion regulation and posttraumatic stress: Indirect effect of peritraumatic dissociation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 42, 497-509.

Badour, C. L., Flanagan, J. C., Gros, D. F., Killeen, T., Pericot-Valverde, I., Korte, K., Allan, N. P., & Back, S. E. (2017). Habituation of distress and craving during treatment as predictors of change in PTSD symptoms and substance use severityJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 274-281.

Badour, C. L., Resnick, H. S., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2017). Associations between specific negative emotions and DSM-5 PTSD among a national sample of interpersonal trauma survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32, 1620-1641.

Brake, C. A., Rojas, S. M., Badour, C. L., Dutton, C. E., & Feldner, MT. (2017). Self-disgust as a potential mechanism underlying the association between PTSD and suicide riskJournal of Anxiety Disorders, 47, 1-9.

Flanagan, J. C., Fischer, M. S., Badour, C. L., Ornan, G., Killeen, T. K., & Back, S. E. (2017). The role of relationship adjustment in an integrated individual treatment for PTSD and substance use disorders among veterans: An exploratory study. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 13, 213-218.

Jaconis, M., Santa Ana, E. J., Killeen, T., Badour, C. L.& Back, S. (2017). Case Report: Concurrent treatment of PTSD and alcohol use disorder via telehealth for a female Iraq war veteran. The American Journal on Addictions, 26, 112-114.

Mills, A. C., Badour, C. L., Korte, K. J., Killeeen, T. K., Henschel, A. V., & Back, S. E. (2017). Integrated treatment of PTSD and substance use disorders: Examination of imaginal exposure length. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30, 166-172.

Rojas, S. M., Bilsky, S. A., Dutton, C., Badour, C. L., Feldner, M. T., & Leen-Feldner, E. W.  (2017). Lifetime histories of PTSD, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts in a nationally representative sample of adolescents: Examining indirect effects of family and peer social support. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 49, 95-103.


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