Emily Courtney

Emily Courtney

Assistant Professor of Instruction


Office: PCD 4131


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Emily P. Courtney is an assistant professor and social psychologist at the University of South Florida. Her research program employs an existential perspective on contributors and impediments to health and well-being, with added considerations for individual, cultural, and gender-based differences. Primarily, Dr. Courtney uses terror management theory to investigate issues related to deadly disease, breast cancer, health communications, and value salience.


  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of South Florida, 2022
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Biostatistics, University of South Florida College of Public Health, 2022
  • M.A. in Experimental Research Psychology, Cleveland State University, 2018
  • B.S. in Psychology, Minor Biology, Cleveland State University, 2015


Williamson, R.E., Courtney, E.P., & Goldenberg, J.L. (In press). Fetch the bolt cutters: The existential labor and liberation of #MeToo. The Humanistic Psychologist.

Courtney, E.P. & Goldenberg, J.L. (2021). Adaptive self-objectification in the context of breast cancer: An integrative review of the terror management health model and research on objectification. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being. 10.1111/aphw.12331

Felig, R., Jordan, J., Shepard, S., Courtney, E.P., Goldenberg, J.L., & Roberts, T-A. (2021). When looking hot means not feeling cold: A field study of self-objectification on a cold night out. British Journal of Social Psychology.

Courtney, E.P., Felig, R.N., & Goldenberg, J.L. (2021). Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19: The interactive effects of priming collectivism and mortality salience on virus-related health behavior intentions. British Journal of Social Psychology.

Courtney, E.P., Goldenberg, J.L. & Boyd, P. (2020). The contagion of mortality: A terror management health model for pandemics. British Journal of Social Psychology 59(3), 607-617.

Goldenberg, J.L., Courtney, E.P., & Felig, R.N. (2020). Supporting the dehumanization hypothesis: Under what conditions? Commentary on Over (2020). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(1), 14-21.

Vail, K. E., Courtney, E. P., Goncy, E., Cornelius, T., & Edmondson, D. (2019). Anxiety buffer disruption: Relationship threat, death-anxiety, and coping appraisals among low and high posttraumatic stress symptom samples. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 38(6), 501-511.

Vail, K.E., Courtney, E.P., & Arndt, J. (2019). The influence of existential awareness and tolerance on anti-Islamic attitudes in American politics. Political Psychology, 40(5), 1143-1162.