Bio for Keynote Speaker
Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Clinical Psychology, Muhlenberg College
Background B.S., Georgia College & State University; M.A., Ph.D., California School of Professional

Dr. Lassiter conceptualizes education as a practice of freedom. He aims to help students critically analyze the world and transform it for the better. He aims to create an affirming, intellectually stimulating environment conducive to learning. He works to ensure students are critically engaged and comfortable taking risks toward deepening their knowledge, skills, and personal awareness. He is invested in helping students grow holistically as human beings.

In addition, he mentors students and supervises them in his research lab: Spiritual and Psychological Intersectionality in Research and Thought (SPIRiT). His research team investigates health at the intersections of race, spirituality, gender, and sexual orientation. You can learn more about him on his website (

Representative Publications
Follins, L., & Lassiter, J. (Eds.). (forthcoming). “Black LGBT health in the United States: At the intersection of race, gender and sexual orientation”