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Mike Kersten

Clinical Assistant Professor


Student Health Center 204



Mailing Address

Department of Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Mike Kersten is an assistant professor of psychology. He currently teaches courses such as Psychology of Emotion and Positive Psychology.

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University, 2017
M.S., Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University, 2014
B.A., Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2012

Mike Kersten received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2012 from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He studied experimental psychology at Texas Christian University where he earned a Master of Science degree in 2014, and a doctoral degree in 2017. Although he is excited by several topics within the fields of personality and social psychology, his research focused on the psychological resources people utilize to protect themselves from existential threat and how they contribute to well-being. Specifically, his interests include the emotion of nostalgia, close relationships and terror management.

Abeyta, A., Routledge, C., Kersten, M., & Cox, C. R. (in press). The existential cost of economic insecurity: Exploring the relationship between financial threat and perceptions of meaning in life. The Journal of Social Psychology.

Arrowood, R. B., Cox, C. R., Kersten, M., Routledge, C., Shelton, J. T., & Hood, R. (In press). Ebola salience, death-thought accessibility, and worldview defense: A terror management theory perspective. Death Studies.

Cox, C. R., & Kersten, M. (2016). Mortality salience increases language style matching and well-being. Self and Identity, 15, 1-16. doi:10.1080/15298868.2016.1154888

Kersten, M., Cox, C. R., & Van Enkevort, E. A. (2016). An exercise in nostalgia: Nostalgia promotes health optimism and physical activity. Psychology & Health, 31, 1166-1181.  doi:10.1080/08870446.2016.1185524

Van Enkevort, E. A., Cox, C. R., & Kersten, M. (2016). Attraction. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. 

Carrier, L. M., Kersten, M., & Rosen, L. D. (2015).  Searching for Generation M: Does multitasking practice improve multitasking skill? In L. D. Rosen, N. A. Cheever, & L. M. Carrier (Eds.), The Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 373-387.

Cox, C. R., Kersten, M., Routledge, C., Brown, E. M., & VanEnkevort, E. A. (2015). When past meets present: The relationship between website-induced nostalgia and well-being. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 282-299. doi:10.1111/jasp.12295

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2016

Graduate Student Teaching Award, Texas Christian University, 2017

Psychology & Communication

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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