Karen E. Kersting, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • Cancer Center - Froedtert Hospital


  • Behavioral Health


  • English

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Karen Kersting, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides counseling and psychotherapy to patients treated by surgeons in the Division of Surgical Oncology. She completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dayton, OH. She joined the faculty of MCW in 2016, happily moving back to her hometown of Wauwatosa.

Research Interests

Dr. Kersting’s research interests include the development and assessment of integrated psychosocial services for people coping with cancer diagnosis and treatment, with an emphasis on patients diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. Additionally, her works aims to highlight issues related to social determinants of health and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions.


  • Insomnia

    (Kersting K.) Principle-Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings. 13 February 2018:223-230 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85046321268 02/13/2018

  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention: History, Mechanisms of Action, and Effects

    (Penberthy JK, Konig A, Gioia CJ, Rodríguez VM, Starr JA, Meese W, Worthington-Stoneman D, Kersting K, Natanya E.) Mindfulness. April 2015;6(2):151-158 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84924763300 04/01/2015