Christal Badour

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Psychology
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 reviewing applications for the Clinical Ph.D. program for the 2018/2019 academic year.***


My research interests fall into two related domains:

Trauma and Emotion: This work is focused on understanding the 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 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

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

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

Flanagan, J. C., Fischer, M. S., Badour, C. L., Ornan, G., Killeen, T. K., & Back, S. E. (in press). 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. 

Gilmore, A., K., Walsh, K., Badour, C. L., Ruggiero, K., Kilpatrick, D., & Resnick, H. S. (in press). 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.

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.

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.

Badour, C. L., & Feldner, M. T. (2016). Disgust and imaginal exposure to memories of sexual trauma: Implications for the treatment of posttraumatic stress. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8, 267-275.

Badour, C. L., Gros, D. F., Szafranski, D. D., & Acierno, R. (2016). Sexual problems predict PTSD and depression symptom change among male OEF/OIF veterans completing exposure therapyPsychiatry, 79, 403-417.

Daray, F., Rojas, S. M., Bridges, A. J., Badour, C. L., Grandas, L., Rodante, D., Puppo, S., & Rebok, F. (2016). The independent effects of child sexual abuse and impulsivity on lifetime suicide attempts among female patients. Child Abuse & Neglect, 58, 91-98.

Dutton, C. E., Badour, C. L., *Jones, A. C., Mischel, E. R., & Feldner, M. T. (2016). Affective lability predicts decreased habituation in posttraumatic stress symptom responding during a single laboratory session of imaginal exposure. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 43, 52-57. 

Dutton, C. E., Rojas, S., Badour, C. L., Wanklyn, S., & Feldner, M. T. (2016). Posttraumatic stress disorder and suicidal behavior: Indirect effects of impaired social functioning. Archives of Suicide Research, 20, 567-579.

Walsh, K., Zinzow, H. M., Badour, C. L., Kilpatrick, D. G., & Resnick, H. S. (2016). Understanding disparities in service seeking following forcible versus drug or alcohol facilitated/incapacitated rapeJournal of Interpersonal Violence, 31, 2475-2491.

Wisco, B. E., Miller, M. W., Wolf, E. J., Kilpatrick, D., Resnick, H., Badour, C. L., Marx, B. P., Keane, T. M., Rosen, R. C., & Friedman, M. J. (2016). The impacts of proposed changes to ICD-11 on estimates of PTSD prevalence and comorbidity. Psychiatry Research, 240, 226-233.

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