Western Kentucky University

Psychological Sciences - Amy Brausch

Dr. Amy Brausch

Dr. Amy Brausch

Assistant Professor

Office:  GRH 3017
Phone:  270-745-4407
Email:  amy.brausch@wku.edu

Research Interests

My research interests fall under the broad category of adolescent and young adult self-harm and risk-taking behaviors. Specifically, I study risk and protective factors for suicide, as well as non-suicidal self-injury. I am especially interested in the role of the body in self-harm, and how factors such as body image, body protection, and body attitudes are related to an individual’s propensity to inflict harm on oneself. Other research has investigated the overlap between self-injury and risk-taking behaviors such as substance use, unhealthy eating and exercise habits, and self-asphyxial behaviors (known commonly among adolescents as “the choking game”). As a clinical psychologist, I am also interested in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and eating disorders.

Courses Taught


  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 440 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYS 430 Psychology of Women


  • PSY 562 Practicum in Psychological Assessment
  • PSY 641 Theories of Psychotherapy
  • PSY 520 Individual Differences


 Last Modified 11/18/13