Jonathan Kanter, PhD


Dr. Jonathan Kanter, a clinical psychological scientist, is currently Director of the Center for the Science of Social Connection at the University of Washington (UW) and is a Behavioral Scientist and core leadership team member of the Office of HealthCare Equity of UW Medicine. He holds dual appointments with the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. His research and consultation addresses racial microaggressions and strategies for social connectedness across diverse groups.



  • Multi-year collaborations with members of black, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, and other marginalized communities across both scientific and social activism efforts, including police brutality, voter engagement, racism and discrimination, mental health stigma, and culturally appropriate psychological treatments.
  • Training and consultation on issues of bias and racism throughout the Washington State healthcare system and also provides training and consultation for higher education, K-18 education, legal and other organizational settings.
  • He also organizes non-profit anti-racism courses for the general public to fund BIPOC-owned and managed anti-racism organizations and provides leadership coaching for individuals who wish to solve their personal and organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges.
  • Kanter has published over 100 books and scientific articles on microaggressions and social connectedness and other topics and he is regularly invited to give talks and workshops nationally and internationally.
  • His Center’s work on racial microaggressions, on how to connect across political differences, and on how to maximize social connectedness as a tool for coping with the Covid-10 pandemic, has been featured on NPR, in National Geographic, on the BBC, and in other national and local news media outlets.