Christal Badour

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  • Assistant 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 abuse, 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 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.

Dr. Badour WILL be reviewing applications for prospective graduate students for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Selected Publications: 

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

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

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

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

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

Back, S. E., Killeen, T., Badour, C. L., Flanagan, J. C., Allan, N. P., Santa Ana, E., Lozano, B., Korte, K. J., Foa, E. B., & Brady, K. T. (2019). Concurrent treatment of PTSD and substance use disorders using Prolonged Exposure: A randomized controlled trial in military veterans. Addictive Behaviors, 90, 369-377.

Brake, C. A., Adams, T. G., Hood, C. O., & Badour, C. L. (2019). Posttraumatic mental contamination and the interpersonal theory of suicide: Effects via DSM-5 PTSD symptom clusters on perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingnessCognitive Therapy and Research, 43, 259-271.

Flanagan, J. C., Allan, N. P., Calhoun, C. D., Badour, C. L., Moran-Santa Maria, M., Brady, K. T., & Back, S. E. (2019). Effects of oxytocin on stress reactivity and craving in Veterans with co-occurring PTSD and alcohol use disorder. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 27, 45-54.

Jarnecke, A. M., Allan, N. P., Badour, C. L., Flanagan, J. C., Killeen, T. K., & Back, S. E. (2019). Substance use disorders and PTSD: Examining substance use, PTSD symptoms, and dropout following imaginal exposure. Addictive Behaviors, 90, 35-39.

Morabito, D., Babson, K. A., Badour, C. L., & Feldner, M. T. (2019). Unique and interactive relations among posttraumatic stress, distress tolerance, and anger responding to traumatic event cues. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 10, doi: 10.1177/2043808719831472.

Sonnier, H., Brake, C. A., Flores, J., & Badour, C. L. (2019). Posttraumatic stress and hazardous alcohol use in trauma-exposed young adults: Indirect effects of self-disgust. Substance Use & Misuse, 54, 1051-1059.

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.

Badour, C. L., & Feldner, M. T. (2018). The role of disgust in PTSD: A critical review of the empirical literature. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 9, pr.032813

Bountress, K. E., Badour, C. L., Flanagan, J., Gilmore, A. K., & Back, S. E. (2018). Treatment of co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use: Does order of onset predict outcomes? Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 10, 662-665.

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.


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