Michael A. Kisley, Ph.D.

Michael A. Kisley, Ph.D.

Michael A. Kisley, Ph.D.

Professor
Psychology
COLU 4013
By Appointment (in-person or remote)

Professional Summary

Dr. Kisley joined the UCCS Psychology Department in 2002. Before becoming the Chairperson in 2014 - 2017, he served as the department's Director of Graduate Training for 5 years. Dr. Kisley teaches, conducts research and mentors graduate and undergraduate psychology students in their research and professional development. He was the Associate Dean for the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences from 2019-2021.

Education

  • Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 1994
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 1992

Areas of Interest

Emotional experience and regulation, meta-emotion, affect intolerance, insecure attachment in close adulthood relationships, and attention function, all from an evolutionary perspective.

The following recent and upcoming scientific presentations provide an overview of the topics and types of projects my students and I are currently working on. *denotes a student supervisee

Chung, E.J., & Kisley, M.A. (2022) The association between emotion beliefs and cultural variables. International Society for Emotion Research, annual meeting, Los Angeles.

Kisley, M.A., *Shulkin, J., *Chung, E.J., & *Abduljaber, J. (2022) Emotion beliefs: Effects of context, culture, and gender. International Society for Emotion Research, annual meeting, Los Angeles.

*Shulkin, J., & Kisley, M.A. (2022) Factors that influence emotion beliefs: Specificity, valence, and their interaction. Society for Affective Science, annual meeting, virtual.

*Abduljaber, J., & Kisley, M.A. (2022) The effect of gender on emotion in social situations. Society for Affective Science, annual meeting, virtual.

*Shulkin, J., & Kisley, M.A. (2022) Beliefs about emotion: An interaction between specificity of belief and valence of emotion. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, annual meeting, San Francisco.

*Shulkin, J., & Kisley, M.A. (2022) Does specificity matter? Examining differences in general and individual beliefs about emotions. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, annual meeting, San Francisco.

Teaching

Professor Kisley teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Biopsychology, Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology for the UCCS Psychology Department.

Courses

  • PSY 1000 - General Psychology
  • PSY 1100 - The Profession of Psychology
  • PSY 3270 - Introduction to Biopsychology
  • PSY 4270 - Seminar in Biopsychology
  • PSY 4470 - Social Neuroscience
  • PSY 6120 - Neuroscience
  • PSY 6430 - Contemporary Issues in Psychology

Representative Publications

*Indicates a student author who was supervised by Dr. Kisley

  • Kisley, M.A. (2021) An evolutionary approach to emotion regulation. In L. Al-Shawaf & T.K. Shackelford (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Evolution and the Emotions. Oxford University Press.
  • Kisley, M.A., *Caudle, C.S., *Harvey, A.M. (2019) Affect intolerance is associated with insecure attachment and reduced self-esteem in adults. Archives of Psychology 3: 1-21.
  • *Bluntschli, J.R., Maxfield, M., *Grasso, R.L. & Kisley, M.A. (2018) The last word: A Comparison of Younger and Older Adults’ Brain Responses to Reminders of Death. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 73: 555-563.
  • Escasa-Dorne, M, & Kisley, M.A. (2017) Relationship between sexuality and gender. In T.K. Shackelford & V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer.
  • *Morgan, L.K., & Kisley, M.A. (2014) The effects of facial attractiveness and perceiver's mate value on adaptive allocation of central processing resources. Evolution & Human Behavior, 35: 96-102.

Research

The current focus of my research program is on “meta-emotion,” which includes beliefs, attitudes, and feelings about emotions. Evolutionary theory provides a framework for this research, and suggests that emotions play an adaptive and important role in human function, as it does for other animal species. By contrast, research from my lab and others has shown that many otherwise healthy modern humans believe that emotions are unimportant, are best ignored, or are intolerable. In recent research we have shown that such attitudes are associated with lower self-esteem as well as difficulty in close relationships. My students and I are currently expanding this line of research in a number of ways. We recently completed a study into possible cognitive costs associated with adopting such meta-emotional attitudes and will be publishing that work soon. We are launching additional studies including an investigation of the meta-emotional correlates of empathy and psychopathy, as well as an investigation into an intervention inspired by mindfulness practices that shows promise to help individuals adopt a more understanding and accepting meta-emotional viewpoint.

I am guest-editing a special issue of the journal Motivation & Emotion to be titled: Perspectives on Emotion: Lay Theories, Beliefs, Attitudes, Mindsets, and Related Constructs. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.springer.com/journal/11031/updates/19399478

 

Honors & Awards

  • UCCS College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, LAS Service Award 2021
  • University of Colorado System, Excellence in Leadership Program, 2015-16
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, PSI CHI & Psychology Club, 2013
  • Outstanding Research Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2013
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the UCCS Campus, 2011
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2006

Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles

  • UCCS College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Associate Dean, 2019-2021
  • UCCS Psychology Department Chairperson, 2014-2017
  • UCCS Psychology Director of Graduate Training, 2009-2014
  • Served on several NIH Grant Review Study Sections including most recently the special emphasis panel on "Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics of Aging"
  • Served as ad hoc peer reviewer for more than 40 scientific journals

Curriculum Vitae