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Dr. Jonathan W. Kanter is a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Kanter’s Center for the Science of Social Connection focuses on a contextual-behavioral model of social connection as the basis of interventions that target problems of public health significance, including racism, obesity, and mental disorders. Active research projects include development of campus anti-racism interventions, interventions to decrease bias in medical students, and improving our understanding of and interventions for microaggressions against students of color. 

For many years, Dr. Kanter’s research and work-life has involved close collaboration with minority colleagues, students, and community members, and he is an active member of his campus’ Race and Equity Initiative.  He has published over 75 scientific articles and several books on these topics and is regularly invited to give lectures and workshops internationally on how to improve relationships for psychotherapists using Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. Dr. Kanter is a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science and on the editorial board of Psychotherapy, The Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, and The Psychological Record.


Dr. Monnica T. Williams is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut in the Departments of Psychological Sciences and of Psychiatry. She is also Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she provides supervision and training to clinicians for empirically-supported treatments. 

Prior to her recent move to Connecticut, Dr. Williams served as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on African American mental health, culture, and psychopathology, and she has published over 80 scientific articles on these topics. Current projects include the assessment of race-based trauma, unacceptable thoughts in OCD, improving cultural competence in the delivery of mental health care services, and interventions to reduce racism. She also gives diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, scientific conferences, and community organizations.

Dr. Williams is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), having served as the diversity delegate from Kentucky for the APA State Leadership Conference for two consecutive years.  She is also the African American SIG leader for Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and serves on the editorial board of The Behavior Therapist, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and the Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and serves as the co-chair of the Diversity Counsel.


Dr. Daniel C. Rosen is an associate professor at Bastyr University in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology and the founding Co-Director of The Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice & Diversity. He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University after completing his Predoctoral Internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rosen’s scholarship is focused in multicultural psychology, and has explored issues of ethnic identity, social justice in mental health, addressing disparities in access to and quality of mental health services, and the experiences of persons’ with disabilities. He has a private practice in Seattle, WA. 

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Dr. Mary Loudon is a licensed clinical psychologist, member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington, and co-founder of The Seattle Clinic where she works with clients with a wide variety of concerns including anxiety, emotional disconnection, intimacy, trauma, grief and relationships.  

She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Washington where she focused her clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapies including Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She developed expertise in FAP during her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Mavis Tsai and went on to become a certified FAP Trainer and workshop leader. Mary has taught, supervised, and provided consultation for hundreds of FAP practitioners in the US and abroad.

Dr. Loudon devoted her graduate research to the psychological effects of bias on members of stigmatized minority groups.  Her dissertation examined the psychological impact of racism occurring in sexual contexts (both virtual and in-vivo) within gay communities, as well as the emotional coping strategies employed by gay men of color who encountered micro- and macro-aggressions on a very regular basis. This qualitative research also peered into the minds of white gay men, exploring their desire bias and related racially-biased interpersonal behaviors.

As a psychologist and lesbian, it is Mary’s passion to harness the power of interpersonal connection in service of social justice.  


Dr. Matthew Skinta is a board-certified clinical health psychologist and faculty at Palo Alto University in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Skinta directs the Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic, which focuses on providing evidence-based treatment for gender and sexual minority or questioning individuals, couples, and families.He has a special interest in sexual and gender minority health and well-being, compassion training, and the ways HIV continues to shape sexual communities. Active research projects include compassion-based interventions to enhance the relationships of LGBTQ+ people, the impact of sexual racism on refugee and asylum seeking immigrants from Muslim nations, and exploring the relationship between medical and psychological changes that improve the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming or non-binary people. 

He was a member of the APA ad hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS from 2014-2016, where he served as chair in 2015 and 2016. Dr. Skinta is a peer-reviewed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy trainer, as well as a certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy trainer.  He has authored a number of chapters and recently co-edited a book related to the use of contextual behavioral strategies with gender and sexual minority clients. Most recently, he chaired a conference on advances in evidence-based practice for gender and sexual minorities, and is the 2017 convention chair for APA's Division 44.