Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, Ph.D. is a polymath who utilizes psychology, writing, and dance to help others heal and thrive. His roles include licensed clinical health psychologist, professor, author, public speaker, and choreographer.
Dr. Lassiter is the award-winning co-editor (with Dr. Lourdes D. Follins) of Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. This book received the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's Achievement Award in 2017. It is the first and only text to focus solely on Black LGBT American's holistic health. He is currently working on his first sole-authored trade press book that will explore contemporary issues of race and mental health in the United States.
In addition, Dr. Lassiter has published numerous articles in academic journals and lay publications, presented his choreographic work in prestigious showcases in New York City, and provided psychological services to clients in medical centers across the country.
Currently, Dr. Lassiter is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Muhlenberg College and Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.
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Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation focuses on the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of health, and considers both risk and resiliency factors for the Black LGBT population. Contributors to this collection intimately understand the associations between health and intersectional anti-Black racism, heterosexism, homonegativity, biphobia, transphobia, and social class. This collection fills a gap in current scholarship by providing information about an array of health issues like cancer, juvenile incarceration, depression that affect all subpopulations of Black LGBT people, especially Black bisexual-identified women, Black bisexual-identified men, and Black transgender men. Black LGBT Health in the United States is recommended for readers interested in psychology, health, gender studies, race studies, and sociology.
Lourdes Follins and Jonathan Lassiter offer us a long overdue treatment of Black LGBT health in the United States, one that doesn’t shy away from our rich, varied, and intersectional tapestry by equally highlighting all constituents of the LGBT acronym. This offering honors all aspects of us through narratives, literature reviews, autoethnography, and both qualitative and quantitative methodologies that affirm our resilience as sexually and gender diverse descendants of the African diaspora. The words and recommendations provide us with considerations that highlight systems and affirmation, not just individual behaviors and pathology. The contributors to this collection paint a portrait of us, our communities, and our families as solutions instead of statistics. This book exalts our glorious resilience as Black LGBT and gender non-conforming peoples, and in doing so, provides us with a road map on how we can more effectively prioritize and celebrate our collective and individual health. (David Malebranche, MD)
Black LGBT Health in the United States advances our knowledge about Black LGBT communities who have experienced multiple forms of marginalization based on the intersection of racial, gender, social class, and hetero-normative hierarchies. This book engages with the complexities of examining core socio-structural barriers that influence disparate health inequities for Black LGBT communities. One of the major strengths of this work involves its interdisciplinary analytic frameworks—including theory, methodologies, and praxis—that examine health inequities, as situated in the everyday experiences of Black LGBT communities. This book provides an innovative strength-based framework that examines the critical role of resiliency in transcending health inequities in Black LGBT communities, and integrates this knowledge with applications to larger societal contexts. The breadth of this scholarly work is superb in its exploration of innovative, culturally grounded prevention strategies and community based programs that challenge health inequities and provide a more holistic understanding of Black LGBT communities. (Leo Wilton, State University of New York at Binghamton)
I am so grateful for this volume. It is one of many books that have been missing for so long in the literature. Its intentional focus on Black populations within the LGBT health realm is soul satisfying. I expect this volume will be tremendously helpful for professionals who serve those often rendered invisible. (Michele K. Lewis, Winston-Salem State University)
With expertise related to social justice, mental health, and health disparities (e.g., HIV, depression), religion and spirituality, ethnic and racial minority issues, and LGBT issues, Dr. Lassiter is an experienced public speaker.
He has presented his research at several organizations including the American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, the Diversity Challenge at Boston College, and Richard L. Roudebush VA. He has also served as a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at Judson Memorial Church, Harlem Hospital, Muhlenberg College, Connecticut College, and Winston-Salem State University. He has also given book talks at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and City University of New York. He especially enjoys participating in town halls with community members discussing issues of social justice and health.
His talks and the question and answer periods that follow them are engaging, welcoming mass demonstrations of thinking critically out loud.
list of topics dr. lassiter is available to speak about:
Black LGBT Health: Risk and Resilience
Religion, Spirituality, and Sexuality in the Lives of Black Gay and Same Gender Loving People
Afrocentric Spirituality and Its Healing Potential for Black American's Mental & Physical Health
Philosophical Blackness and Racial Trauma Healing
Navigating Mental Health Stigma in Communities of Color
Whiteness in the Psychological Sciences and Practice
Psychology & HIV Prevention
Wellness in the Workplace
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DR. LASSITER'S RESEARCH
Dr. Lassiter conducts social science research in the Spiritual and Psychological Intersectionality in Research and Thought (SPIRiT) Lab at Muhlenberg College.
Spirituality & Stress Study (SSS) is Dr. Lassiter's current research project. If you are a Black man (cisgender or trans); sexually attracted or engage in sexual behaviors with other men; and are at least 18 years of age click the link below to learn more about the study.
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