Christal Badour

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  • Associate Professor, Clinical
  • Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health, Society and Populations
207-N Kastle Hall
(859) 323-3817
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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

Dr. Badour is Director of the Stress, Trauma, and Recovery Research Collaborative (STARRC), one of three research programs housed within the University of Kentucky Clinic for Emotional Health (CEH)

Her research program addresses two related domains: 

Trauma and Emotion: This work is focused on understanding affective mechanisms involved in 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 emotion regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and commonly co-ocurring concerns including substance use disorders, sexual risk behavior, sexual dysfunction, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and suicide.

Maximizing Responses to Trauma-Focused Interventions: Another focus of Dr. Badour's research includes identifying mediators and moderators of symptom change during psychological treatments for PTSD and for co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. This work is aimed at enhancing existing interventions and guiding development of new targeted interventions to improve outcomes for patients with trauma-related psychopathology.

Dr. Badour will NOT be accepting a new PhD student for her lab for the 2022/2023 academic year. 

Selected Publications: 

Denotes a student co-author at the time the work was conducted. *Indicates co-first authorship


Badour, C. L., Flanagan, J. C., Allan, N. P., Gilmore, A. K., Gros, D. F., Killeen, T., Korte, K. J., Brown, D. G., Kolnogorova, K., & Back, S. E. (in press). Temporal dynamics of symptom change among veterans receiving an integrated treatment for PTSD and substance use disorders. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Brady, R. E., Badour, C. L., Arega, A. A., Levy, J. J., & Adams, T. G. (in press). Evaluating the mediating effects of perceived vulnerability to disease in the relation between disgust and contamination-based OCD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

Brake, C. A., Tipsword, J. M.,Badour, C. L. (in press). Mental contamination, disgust, and other negative emotions among survivors of sexual trauma: Results from a daily monitoring study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 

Flores, J., Brake, C. A., Hood, C. O., & Badour, C. L. (in press). Posttraumatic stress and risky sex in trauma-exposed college students: The role of personality dispositions toward impulsive behavior. Journal of American College Health.

Jones, A. C., Lim, S., Hood, C. O., Brake, C. A., & Badour, C. L. (in press). Affective lability moderates the associations between negative and positive urgency and posttraumatic stress. Traumatology.

*Saraiya, T. C., *Badour, C. L., Jones, A. C., Jarnecke, A. M., Brown, D. G., Flanagan, J. C., Killeen, T. K., & Back, S. E. (in press). The role of posttraumatic guilt and anger in integrated treatment for PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 

Tipsword, J. M., Brake, C. A., McCann, J., Southward, M. W., & Badour, C. L. (in press). Mental contamination, PTSD symptoms, and coping following sexual trauma: Results from a daily monitoring studyJournal of Anxiety Disorders. 


Tipsword, J. M., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Jones, A. C., Flores, J., & Badour, C. L. (2022). Avoidance coping partially accounts for the relationship between trauma-related shame and PTSD symptoms among women with a history of interpersonal trauma. Violence Against Women, 28, 107-125.


Rivera-Rivera, J., Badour, C. L., & Burris, J. (2021). The association between psychological functioning and social functioning after cancer diagnosis: An intensive longitudinal study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 44, 355-367.

Walsh, K., Badour, C. L., Zuromski, K. L., Gilmore, A. K., Kilpatrick, D. G., Acierno, R., & Resnick, H. S. (2021). A secondary analysis of a brief video intervention on suicidal ideation among recent rape victims. Psychological Services, 18, 703-708.


Badour, C. L., Bell, S. C., Clear, E. R., Bush, H. M., & Coker, A. L. (2020). Sex differences in problem alcohol use in high school as a function of sexual violence victimization or perpetration. Journal of Family Violence, 35, 633-646.

Badour, C. L., Cox, K. S., Goodnight, J. R. M., Flores, J., Tuerk, P. W., & Rauch, S. A. M. (2020). Sexual health among veterans seeking outpatient treatment for PTSD: Does successful PTSD treatment also yield improvements in sexual desire? Psychiatry, 83, 70-83.

Badour, C. L., Dutton, C. E., Wright, J. J., Jones, A. C., & Feldner, M. T. (2020). Shame proneness, negative cognitions, and posttraumatic stress among women with a history of sexual trauma. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 29, 699-713.

Hood, C. O., & Badour, C. L. (2020). The effects of posttraumatic stress and trauma-focused disclosure on experimental pain sensitivity among trauma-exposed women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33, 1071-1081.

Hood, C. O.Jones, A. C.Flores, J.Badour, C. L., & Feldner, M. T. (2020). Distress tolerance interacts with trauma-related anger, sadness, and shame to predict posttraumatic stress symptoms following sexual victimization. Traumatology, 26, 396-404.

Martinez, A.I., Spencer, J., Moloney, M., Badour, C. L., Reeve, E., & Moga, D. C. (2020). Attitudes toward deprescribing in a middle-aged health disparities population. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 16, 1502-1507.

Moloney, M. E., Martinez, A., Badour, C. L., & Moga, D. C. (2020). Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in Appalachian women: A pilot study. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 18, 680-689.

Lancaster, C. L., Gros, D. F., Mullarkey, M., Badour, C. L., Killeen, T.K., Brady, K. T., & Back, S. E. (2020). Does trauma-focused exposure therapy exacerbate symptoms among patients with comorbid PTSD and substance use disorders? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 48, 38-53.

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