Amy Badura Brack, PhD
Amy Badura Brack, PhD

Amy Badura Brack, PhD

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Psychological Science

Position

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Ethics
  • Undergraduate Internship in Psychology

Biography

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 fMRI and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to identify regions where the brain functions abnormally in PTSD. She is currently working to make this attention training treatment web-deliverable and to test its efficacy in women and children with PTSD as well as with veterans. Dr. Badura Brack is also collaborating in a major cognitive developmental neuroscience research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) 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. Dr. Badura Brack is Chair of the IRB; she directs the Undergraduate Internship in Psychology Program; and she regularly teaches Internship, Abnormal, Health, and Introductory Psychology.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Badura-Brack, A.,* McDermott, T., Heinrichs-Graham, E., *Ryan, T., Khanna, M., Pine, D., Bar-Haim, Y., & Wilson, T. (in press). Veterans with PTSD demonstrate amygdala hyperactivity while viewing threatening faces: A MEG study. Biological Psychology132, 228–232. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2018.01.005 Impact Factor 3.70, Biological Psychiatry, 132, 228-232, 2018
  • Khanna, M. M., Badura-Brack, A. S., McDermott*, T. J., Shepherd*, A., Ryan, T. J., Heinrichs-Graham*, E., & Wilson, T. W. (revised and resubmitted). Veterans with PTSD engage threat detection but not emotional regulation networks during an emotional Stroop task., 2017
  • Badura-Brack, A. S., Heinrichs-Graham, E., *McDermott, T. J., *Becker, K. M., *Ryan, T. J., Khanna, M. M., & Wilson, T. W. (2017). Resting-State Neurophysiological Abnormalities in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Magnetoencephalography Study. Frontiers in human neuroscience11, 205. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2017.00205 Impact Factor 3.63
     , Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 205, 2017
  • Khanna, M. M., Badura-Brack, A. S., *McDermott, T. J., *Embury, C. M., *Wiesman, A. I., Shepherd, A., Ryan, T. J., Heinrichs-Graham, W., & Wilson, T. W. (2017). Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder exhibit altered emotional processing and attentional control during an emotional Stroop task. Psychological medicine47(11), 2017–2027. doi:10.1017/S0033291717000460 Impact Factor 5.23, Psychological Medicine, 47(11), 2017-2027, 2017
  • Badura-Brack, A., *McDermott, T. J., *Becker, K. M., *Ryan, T. J., Khanna, M. M., Pine, D. S., Bar-Haim, Y., Heinrichs-Graham, E., & Wilson, T. W. (in press). Attention training modulates resting-state neurophysiological abnormalities in posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging271, 135–141. doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2017.11.008  Impact Factor 2.75, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 271, 135-141, 2017

  • *Bartholomew, T. T., Badura-Brack, Amy S., Leak, Gary K., *Hearley, Allison R., *McDermott, Timothy J. (2017). Perceived ability to cope with trauma among U.S. combat veterans.  Military Psychology, 29(3), 165-178. doi: 10.1037/mil0000150
    Impact Factor 1.18 (APA Division 19 Journal), Military Psychology, 2016
  • *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. (2016). Attention training improves aberrant neural dynamics during working memory processing in veterans with PTSD. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience16(6), 1140–1149. doi:10.3758/s13415-016-0459-7
    Impact Factor 2.9, Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Nueroscience, 16(6), 1140-1149, 2016
  • *McDermott, T. J., Badura-Brack, A. S., Becker, K. M., *Ryan, T. J., Khanna, M. M., Heinrichs-Graham, E., & Wilson, T. W. (2016). Male veterans with PTSD exhibit aberrant neural dynamics during working memory processing: an MEG study. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience 41(4), 251–60. doi:10.1503/jpn.150058
    Impact Factor 3.7, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, 41(4), 251-60, 2016
  • 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, 172(12), 1233-41. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.14121578
    Impact factor 14.7, American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(2), 1233-41, 2015
  • 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, 233(2) 194-200. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2015.06.012
     
    Impact factor 3.0, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 233(2), 194-200, 2015
  • 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, 30(8) doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1076769.
     
    Impact factor 2.5, Cognition and Emotion, 30(8), 2015
  • Brack, Amy B., Kesitilwe, Kutlo, Ware, Mark E. Taking the Pulse of Undergraduate Health Psychology: A Nationwide Survey, Teaching of Psychology, 37, 271-275, 2014
  • McTate, Emily A., Badura Brack, Amy S., Handal, Paul J., Burke, Raymond V. A Program Intervention for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Preliminary Results, Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 35, 279-292, 2013
  • Khanna, Maya M., Brack, Amy S. B., Finken, Laura L. Short- and Long-Term Effects of Cumulative Finals on Student Learning, Teaching of Psychology, 40, 175-182, 2013
  • Khanna, M. M., Badura Brack, A. S., & Finken, L. L. (2013). Short- and long-term effects of cumulative finals on student learning., Teaching of Psychology, 40(3), 175-182, 2013
  • *McTate, E., Badura Brack, A. S., Handal, P. J., & Burke, R. (2013). A program intervention for pediatric bipolar disorder: Preliminary results., Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 35, 279-292, 2013
  • Khanna, M. M., Badura  Brack, A. S., & Finken, L. L. (2013). Short- and long-term effects of cumulative finals on student learning. Teaching of Psychology, 40 (3), 175-182., Teaching of Psychology, 40(3), 175-182, 2013
  • *McTate, E., Badura Brack, A. S., Handal, P. J., & Burke, R.  (2013).  A program intervention for pediatric bipolar disorder:  Preliminary results.  Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 35, 279-292., Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 35(1), 279-292, 2013
  • Badura Brack, A., Huefner, J. C., Handwerk, M. L. 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, 2012
  • Badura Brack, Amy, Runco, Daniel V., Cadwallader, Leesa A., Kelley, Michael An Exploratory Study of Undergraduate Students' Referral Preferences, Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 26, 155-162, 2012
  • 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, 2012
  • Badura Brack, A. S. *Runco, D. V., *Cadwallader, L. A., & Kelley, M., (2012). An exploratory study of undergraduate students’ referral preferences., Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 26, 155-162, 2012
  • 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., American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(1), 562-572, 2012
  • Badura Brack, A. S. *Runco, D. V., *Cadwallader, L. A., & Kelley, M., (2012). An exploratory study of undergraduate students’ referral preferences.  Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 26, 155-162, Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 26(1), 155-162, 2012
  • Badura Brack, A. S., Ware, M.E., & *Kestilwse, K. (2010).  Taking the pulse of the undergraduate course in health psychology.  Teaching of Psychology, 37, 271-275., Teaching of Psychology, 37, 271-275, 2012
  • Brack, Amy B., Kesitilwe, Kutlo, Ware, Mark E. Taking the Pulse of Undergraduate Health Psychology: A Nationwide Survey, Teaching of Psychology, 37, 271-275, 2010
  • Burke, Raymond V., Kuhn, Brett R., Peterson, Jane L., Peterson, Roger W., Badura Brack, Amy S. 'Don't Kick Me Out!': Day Treatment for Two Preschool Children With Severe Behavior Problems, Clinical Case Studies, 9, 28-40, 2010
  • Burke, Raymond V., Kuhn, Brett R., Peterson, Jane L., Peterson, Roger W., Badura Brack, Amy S. 'Don't Kick Me Out!'?: Day Treatment for Two Preschool Children With Severe Behavior Problems, Clinical Case Studies, 9, 28-40, 2010
  • Badura Brack, A. S., Ware, M.E., & *Kestilwse, K. (2010). Taking the pulse of the undergraduate course in health psychology., Teaching of Psychology, 37, 271-275, 2010
  • Burke, R., Peterson J., Peterson R., Khun, B., & Badura Brack, A. S. (2010) Don’t kick me out: Day treatment for two preschool children with severe behavior problems, Clinical Case Studies, 9, 28-40, 2010
  • Burke, R., Peterson J., Peterson R., Khun, B., & Badura Brack, A. S. (2010) Don’t kick me out:  Day treatment for two preschool children with severe behavior problems.  Clinical Case Studies, 9, 28-40., Clinical Case Studies, 9, 28-40, 2010
  • Brack, A. B. Differences in employee multidimensional health by gender, age, and educational level., Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 22, 49-64, 2008
  • Brack, A. B., Millard, M., Shah, K. Are Peer Educators Really Peers?, Journal of American College Health, 56, 566-568, 2008
  • Guck, T. P., Guck, A. J., Brack, A. B., Frey, D. R. No-show rates in partially integrated models of behavioral health care in a primary care setting., Families, Systems, & Health, 25, 137-146, 2007
  • Badura, Amy S. Theoretical and empirical exploration of the similarities between emotional numbing in posttraumatic stress disorder and alexithymia, Journal of anxiety disorders, 17, 349-360, 2003
  • Ware, Mark E., Badura, Amy S., Davis, Stephen F. Using student scholarship to develop student research and writing skills, Teaching of Psychology, 29, 151-154, 2002
  • Wendorf, Craig A., LoSchiavo, Frank M., Shatz, Mark A., Buskist, William, Tears, Rachel S., Davis, Stephen F., Rodrigue, Karen M., Leonard, Julie A., Mitchell, Kirsten L., Meyers, Steven A., Love, Jacqueline D., Griggs, Richard A., Mitchell, Montserrat C. Faculty Forum, Teaching of Psychology, 29, 136-159, 2002
  • Neal-Barnett, Angela, Mitchell, Michelle, Boeltar, Christina, Levy, Gary D., Peters, Walt W., Marchant, Gregory J., Perlman, Baron, McCann, Lee I., Sleigh, Merry J., Ritzer, Darren R., Casey, Michael B., Carkenord, David M., Badura, Amy S., Goodwin, C. J. Faculty Forum, Teaching of Psychology, 29, 44-69, 2002
  • Badura, A. S. Capturing students' attention: Movie clips set the stage for learning in abnormal psychology, Teaching of Psychology, 29, 58-60, 2002
  • Carrol, E. N., Badura, A. S. Focal intense brief transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation for treatment of radicular and postthoracotomy pain, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82, 262-264, 2001
  • Badura, A. S., Millard, M., Peluso, E. A., Ortman, N. Effects of peer education training on peer educators: Leadership, self-esteem, health knowledge, and health behaviors, Journal of College Student Development, 41, 471-478, 2000
  • Coughlin, A. M., Badura, A. S., Fleischer, T. D., Guck, T. P. Multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain patients: Its efficacy in changing patient locus of control, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 81, 739-740, 2000

Presentations

  • McDermott, T.T., Badura Brack, A.S., Kemp, C.M., Khanna, M.M., Heinrichs-Grahm, E., & T.W. (2016). Patterns of neural activation during trauma provocation in combat veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, IL., 2016
  • McDermott, T.J., Badura Brack, A.S., Merrill, B.M., Khanna, M.M., Abend, R., Bar-Haim, Y., Heinrichs-Graham, E., & Wilson, T.W. (2016). Nuerophysiological correlates of attention bias variability and PTSD: A magnetoencephalography study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, IL., 2016
  • Fernandes, R.C., *Toalson, S.K., *McDermott, T.J., Khanna, M.M., Bar-Haim, Y., & Badura Brack, A.S. (2016). Attention training exerts therapeutic effects on PTSD symptoms in only four sessions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, IL., 2016
  • *McDermott, T.J., Badura Brack, A.S., Khanna, M.M., *Ryan, T.J.,  Heinrichs-Graham,  E., & Wilson, T.W. (2015). Magnetoencephalography Reveals Neurocognitive Deficits during an Emotional Stroop Task in Veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY., 2015
  • Badura Brack, A.S., Bartholomew, T., Leak, G., Hearley, A., & McDermott, T.J. (2015). Clinical validation of the Perceived Ability to Cope with Trauma (PACT) in veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY., 2015
  • Hearley, A.R., Badura Brack, A.S., Khanna, M.M., McDermott, T.J., & Becker, M.M. (2015). Anxiety change varies by type of attention training in veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY., 2015
  • *McDermott, T. J., Badura Brack, A., Heinichs- Graham, E., Becker, K. M., *Ryan, T. J., & Wilson, T. W. (September, 2014). Abnormal MEG theta activity in veterans with PTSD during working memory processing. Poster presented to the Nebraska Neuroscience Symposium, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • McDermott, T. J., Badura Brack, A., Heinichs- Graham, E., Becker, K. M., Ryan, T. J., & Wilson, T. W. (September, 2014).  Abnormal MEG theta activity in veterans with PTSD during working memory processing. Poster presented to the Nebraska Neuroscience Symposium, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Badura Brack, A., Becker, K. M., Heinrichs-Graham, E., *McDermott, T. J., *Ryan, T. J., & Wilson, T. W. (May, 2014). MEG reveals veterans with PTSD have less restful resting states than combat controls. Poster presented to the American Psychological Society Conference, San Diego, CA., 2014
  • *McDermott, T. J., Badura Brack, A., Heinrichs-Graham, E., Becker, K. M., *Ryan, T. J., & Wilson, T. W. (May, 2014). Deficits in veterans with combat-related PTSD: A magnetoencephalography study. Poster presented to the American Psychological Society Conference, San Diego, CA., 2014
  • Badura Brack, A., Becker, K. M., Heinrichs-Graham, E., McDermott, T. J., Ryan, T.J., & Wilson, T. W. (May, 2014). MEG reveals veterans with PTSD have less restful resting states than combat controls.  Poster presented to the American Psychological Society Conference, San Diego, CA., 2014
  • McDermott, T. J., Badura Brack, A., Heinrichs-Graham, E., Becker, K. M., Ryan, T. J., & Wilson, T. W. (May, 2014).  Deficits in veterans with combat-related PTSD: A magnetoencephalography study.  Poster presented to the American Psychological Society Conference, San Diego, CA., 2014
  • *McTate, E. A., Handal, P. J., Badura Brack, A. S., Burke, R. V., (2012, August). A program intervention for pediatric bipolar disorder: Preliminary results. Poster session presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL., 2012
  • McTate, E. A., Handal, P. J., Badura Brack, A. S., Burke, R. V., (2012, August).  A program intervention for pediatric bipolar disorder:  Preliminary results.  Poster session presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL., 2012
  • Badura Brack, A. S. (2011, 2012 May). Personality disorders. University of Nebraska Medical Center May Student Workshop, UNMC, Omaha, NE., 2012
  • *Laughlin, M., Khanna, M. M., Badura Brack, A. S., & Finken, L. L. (2011, May). The impact of cumulative finals on long-term retention of course material. Poster session presented at the 23th annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Washington, D.C., 2011
  • Badura Brack, A. S. (2011, 2012 May). Personality disorders. University of Nebraska Medical Center May Student Workshop, UNMC, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • Laughlin, M., Khanna, M. M., Badura Brack, A. S., & Finken, L. L. (2011, May).  The impact of cumulative finals on long-term retention of course material.  Poster session presented at the 23th annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Washington, D.C., 2011
  • Badura Brack, A. S. (2010, June). The University of Iowa distinguished alumni panel. Omaha, NE., 2010
  • Badura-Brack, A. S. (2017). Attention control training for PTSD and associated
    neuroscientific findings. Guest Lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Badura-Brack, A. S. (2017). Attention control training for PTSD and associated
    neurophysiological findings. Invited Presentation to Nebraska Neuroscience Network Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Disvucssion Organization (N3 CANDO) Series, Omaha, NE.

Awards and Honors

  • University Research Award, 2016
  • Dean's Award for Professional Excellence in Tenure-Track, 2012
  • Dean's Award for Professional Excellence in Freshman/Sophomore Advising, 2005