Dr. Amy Badura Brack

Amy Badura Brack, Ph.D.

Phone # (402) 280-1229
E-mail: abadura@creighton.edu

Teaches Courses in:

Dr. Badura Brack teaches Abnormal, Health, and Introductory Psychology, and she supervises the psychology internship program.


Chair of Creighton IRB

Research interests:

Dr. Badura Brack is developing and testing a version of Attention Training Treatment that appears efficacious in treating combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to identify regions where the brain functions abnormally in PTSD and determine if more normal neural functioning can be restored after attention training treatment.  She is currently working to make this attention training treatment web-deliverable and test its efficacy in other forms of PTSD thanks to grant support from At Ease USA.  Dr. Badura Brack is also collaborating in a major cognitive developmental neuroscience research project funded by the National Science Foundation which combines MEG, fMRI, and genetic data with behavioral and psychological testing to study neural development in children.   Her role in this project focuses on determining how the brain develops in the face of traumatic experience and behavioral and emotional disturbance.

In the News:

Two Creighton Researchers Part of NSF Grant to Study Youth Brain Development

Attention-Control Training Found to Improve PTSD Symptoms

Computerized Treatment May Combat PTSD Symptoms

At Ease USA

Mapping the Developing Brain: Clinical Research Series

Representative Publications:
Badura-Brack, A. S., Naim, R., *Ryan, T. J., Levy, O., Abend, R., Khanna, M. M., *McDermott, T. J., Pine, D. S., & Bar-Haim, Y. (2015).  Attention training reduces attention bias variability and PTSD symptoms: Randomized controlled trials in Israeli and US combat veterans.  American Journal of Psychiatry.  AJP in Advance (doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.14121578)

Badura-Brack, A. S., Becker, K. M., *McDermott, T. J., *Ryan, T.J., *Becker, M. M.,*Hearley, A. R., Heinrichs-Graham, E., & Wilson, T. W. (2015).  Decreased somatosensory activity to non-threatening touch in male combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.  Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging (doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2015.06.012)
Khanna, M. M., Badura-Brack, A. S., *McDermott, T. J., *Shepherd, A., Heinrichs-Graham, E., Bar-Haim, Y., Pine, D. S., & Wilson, T. W. (2015). Training normalizes combat-related PTSD effects on emotional Stroop performance using lexically matched word lists. Cognition and Emotion (doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1076769).
*McDermott, T. J., Badura-Brack, A. S., Becker, K. M., *Ryan, T. J., Bar-Haim, Y., Pine, D. S., Khanna, M. M., Heinrichs-Graham, E., & Wilson, T. W. (in press). Male Veterans with PTSD exhibit aberrant neural dynamics during working memory encoding.  Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

Badura Brack, A. S., Huerfner, J. C., & Handwerk, M. L. (2012). The impact of abuse and gender on psychopathology, behavioral disturbance, and psychotropic medication count for youth in residential treatment.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 562-572.


 *Denotes student author from my lab.