Dr. Kirsner earned her BA in Economics from Amherst College in 1988. She earned her MA in Clinical Psychology and PhD in General Psychology from the University of Arizona and joined the KSU faculty in 2006. Her research interests encompass many aspects of human mating behaviors: She has focused on jealousy in recent years, but her past research in this area examined mate retention behaviors and the impact of depression and anxiety on mating. When she first arrived at KSU, she studied the impact of attitudes toward evolution on learning in her Human Sexuality course, which has a strong evolutionary emphasis. Dr. Kirsner continues to teach Human Sexuality almost every semester and now teaches Experimental Psychology online after many years of teaching the course face-to-face.
Dr. Kirsner actively mentors one or more Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) each semester. Those who wish to act as UTAs for her have typically completed her section of Human Sexuality or Experimental Design and Analysis with excellent grades and regular participation in class. She invites students who fit this description to convey their interest in being considered for a UTA position.