Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, Ph.D.

Psychology faculty

Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychology
Moyer Hall - Room 216
Fax: 484-664-5627
Professor Lassiter's Website


B.S., Georgia College & State University; M.A., Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Lassiter teaches courses in the areas of clinical, health, and multicultural psychology.

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.). (2017). Black LGBT health in the United States: At the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Lassiter, J. (2016). Religious participation and identity salience of Black men who have sex with men: Findings from a nationally recruited sample. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000176
  • Lassiter, J. & Parsons, J. (2016). Religion and spirituality's influences on HIV syndemics among MSM: A systematic review and conceptual model. AIDS & Behavior, 20, 461-472. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1173-0
  • Lassiter, J. (2015). Reconciling sexual orientation and Christianity: Black same gender loving men's experiences. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 18, 342-353. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2015.1056121
  • Lassiter, J.(2014). Extracting dirt from water: A strengths-based approach to religion for African American same gender loving men. Journal of Religion and Health, 53, 178-189. doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9668-8