Jonathan Kanter

Jonathan Kanter

Associate Professor

Office: Garland Hall 238C
Phone: (414) 229-3834
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Ph.D., University of Washington-Seattle, 2002

Research Interests:

I research depression from a behavioral, or behavior analytic, perspective. We focus on the behavioral model of depression and are currently researching the psychopathology of depression, stigmatizing attitudes about depression, mechanisms of action in psychotherapy for depression, behavioral activation, and functional analytic psychotherapy. Our treatment research focuses on depressed individuals who have not been studied in previous research or have been shown to do poorly with existing treatments.

Courses Taught:

Psych 741: Systems of Psychotherapy

Recent Publications:

Kanter, J.W., Rusch, L.C., Landes, S.L., Holman, G.I., Whiteside, U., & Sedivy, S.K. (in press). The use and nature of present-focused interventions in cognitive and behavioral therapies for depression. Psychotherapy: Research, Theory, Practice, Training.

Manos, R.C., Rusch, L.C., Kanter, J.W. & Clifford, L. (in press). Depression self-stigma as a mediator of the relationship between depression severity and avoidance. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Busch, A.M., Kanter, J.W., Callaghan, G.M., Baruch, D.E., Weeks, C.E., & Berlin, K.S. (in press). A micro-process analysis of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy’s mechanism of change. Behavior Therapy.

Rusch, LC., Kanter, J.W., & Brondino, M.J. (2009). A comparison of the behavioral and biomedical models of stigma reduction for depression with a non-clinical undergraduate sample. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 197, 104-110.

Kanter, J.W., Rusch, L.C., Busch, A.M., & Sedivy, S.K. (2009). Validation of the behavioral activation for depression scale (BADS) in a community sample with elevated depressive symptoms. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31, 36-42.

Kanter, J.W., Landes, S. J., Busch, A. M., Rusch, L. C., Brown, K. R., Baruch, D. E., & Holman, G. (in press). The effect of contingent reinforcement on target variables in outpatient psychotherapy for depression: A successful and unsuccessful case using functional analytic psychotherapy. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Kanter, J.W., Baruch, D.E., & Gaynor, S.T. (in press). Acceptance and commitment therapy and behavioral activation for the treatment of depression: Description and comparison. The Behavior Analyst.

Busch, A.M., Kanter, J.W., Landes, S.J., & Kohlenberg, R.J. (2006). Sudden gains and outcome: A complete temporal analysis of cognitive therapy for depression. Behavior Therapy, 37, 61-68.

Kanter, J.W., Schildcrout, J.S., & Kohlenberg, R.J. (2005). In-vivo processes in cognitive therapy for depression: Frequency and benefits. Psychotherapy Research, 15(4), 366-373.

Kanter, J.W., Callaghan, G.M., Landes, S.J., Busch, A.M., & Brown, K.R. (2004). Behavior analytic conceptualization and treatment of depression: Traditional models and recent advances. The Behavior Analyst Today, 5(3), 255-274.

Kanter, J.W., Kohlenberg, R.J., & Loftus, E.F. (2004). Influencing the experience of cognition and affect with psychotherapeutic rationales: An analogue study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 28(2), 229-239.