Research Center

Research Focus and Advisory Council

Research and evaluation at Behaven Kids focuses on 3 key areas:

  • Improving treatment for children who present with a variety of clinical challenges,
  • Monitoring program fidelity across settings, time and staff, and
  • Understanding how our programs help children and families be successful in reaching treatment goals.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with families and children who share their lives with us and with researchers and students at Nebraska universities such as Creighton University, the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  Behaven Kids is privileged to have an outstanding Research Advisory Committee to help direct our research agenda.

Meet the Behaven Kids Research Advisory Committee

Keith Allen, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). His current interests include behavioral approaches to health in children, behavioral parent training, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.


Amy Badura Brack, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Creighton University and Chair of the Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board.  She teaches Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, and Directs the Undergraduate Internship in Psychology Program.  Her research interests focus on causes and treatments for psychological and behavioral difficulties in youth.


Brett Kuhn, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UNMC.  He has served as the Supervising Practitioner at the Behaven Kids Omaha program since its inception.  His clinical and research interests fall in the areas of children’s behavioral health problems including sleep disorders, elimination problems, and challenging behavior.