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Clinical Psychology Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of social connection and isolation on health-related outcomes
  • Social functioning as a transdiagnostic mental health outcome
  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) mechanisms and outcomes
  • Etiology of mental illness with a focus on symptoms of depression
  • Application of quantitative methods to psychotherapy

Education

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2022 University of Washington
  • MS in Clinical Psychology, 2016 University of Washington
  • BS in Psychology, 2013 University of Washington
  • Diploma, 2009 Eastlake High School
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UW COVID-19 Response Study

King County, WA is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, and the disease appears to be spreading rapidly across the region and beyond. The purpose of this research is to understand how an outbreak such as this affect our mental and social well-being and how these in turn influence our own behavioral response. We are recruiting adults (18+) who currently live in King County, WA to participate in this research. Participants will take a brief (3 minute) survey on their smart phones every evening for 2.5 months, where they will be asked about their emotional, behavioral, and social responses to COVID-19.

More info can be found here.

Please contact us with any questions: uwcovid19@uw.edu

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Project Connect

Relationships matter.

A defining feature of being human is our need for social connection. Surrounding ourselves with people who understand us, join us, and support us is vital to our happiness and well-being. In fact, doing so protects us against mental and physical illness such as depression and cardiovascular problems.

We are conducting research at our Center to understand processes involved in the formation of healthy, supportive relationships, and we need your help. Specifically, we will examine how feelings of connection with others change naturally over time and in response to either weekly counseling or weekly webinars.

Participants in this research will come to our Center at the University of Washington 3 times over the course of 4 months as well as complete brief surveys on your phone every day.

Click here to take our eligibility survey (5-10 minutes). We will ask you about your relationships, mood, and mental health. Your data are stored safely and with confidentiality.

Please contact us with any questions: 206-616-7450 | uwcssc@uw.edu

Peer-reviewed Papers

  • Addressing microaggressions in racially charged patient-provider interactions: A pilot randomized trial BMC Medical Education 2020 Jonathan Kanter, Daniel Rosen, Katherine Manbeck, Heather Branstetter, Adam Kuczynski, Mariah Corey, Daniel Maitland, and Monnica Williams Background: Racial bias in medical care is a significant public health issue, with increased focus on microaggressions and the quality of patient-provider interactions. Innovations in training interventions are needed to decrease microaggressions and improve provider communication and rapport with patients of color during medical encounters. Methods: This paper presents a pilot randomized trial of an innovative clinical workshop that employed a theoretical model from social and contextual behavioral sciences. The intervention specifically aimed to decrease providers’ likelihood of expressing biases and negative stereotypes when interacting with patients of color in racially charged moments, such as when patients discuss past incidents of discrimination. Workshop exercises were informed by research on the importance of mindfulness and interracial contact involving reciprocal exchanges of vulnerability and responsiveness. Twenty-five medical student and recent graduate participants were randomized to a workshop intervention or no intervention. Outcomes were measured via provider self-report and observed changes in targeted provider behaviors. Specifically, two independent, blind teams of coders assessed provider emotional rapport and responsiveness during simulated interracial patient encounters with standardized Black patients who presented specific racial challenges to participants. Results: Greater improvements in observed emotional rapport and responsiveness (indexing fewer microaggressions), improved self-reported explicit attitudes toward minoritized groups, and improved self-reported working alliance and closeness with the Black standardized patients were observed and reported by intervention participants. Conclusions: Medical providers may be more likely to exhibit bias with patients of color in specific racially charged moments during medical encounters. This small-sample pilot study suggests that interventions that directly intervene to help providers improve responding in these moments by incorporating mindfulness and interracial contact may be beneficial in reducing racial health disparities.
  • Fear-of-Intimacy in the Interpersonal Process Model: An Investigation in Two Parts Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 2020 Katherine Manbeck, Jonathan Kanter, Adam Kuczynski, Daniel Maitland, and Mariah Corey The interpersonal process model (IPM) suggests that closeness develops in relationships when two people reciprocally engage in vulnerable self-disclosure, respond to each other, and perceive each other’s responses as validating, understanding, and caring (responsive). Little is known about how fear-of-intimacy relates to this foundational intimacy process. We conducted two studies of fear-of-intimacy and the IPM. In Study 1, 146 high fear-of-intimacy participants were randomly assigned to either interact for 1 hr with a research assistant (RA) demonstrating high responsiveness, to interact for 1 hr with an RA displaying low responsiveness, or to view a nature video for 1 hr. Unlike previous experiments with undergraduates documenting that high responsiveness predicts closeness up to 2 weeks after the interaction, the current study with high fear-of-intimacy individuals found that high responsiveness predicted closeness immediately after the interaction but this was not sustained over time. In Study 2, we conducted structural modeling in a diverse sample of 216 survey respondents with a range of fear-of-intimacy scores. Consistent with previous studies, perceived responsiveness strongly predicted closeness. Fear-of-intimacy had negative direct effects on vulnerable self-disclosure and perceived responsiveness but a positive direct effect on closeness.
  • Differential Associations Between Interpersonal Variables and Quality-of-Life in a Sample of College Students Quality of Life Research 2019 Adam Kuczynski, Jonathan Kanter, and Donald Robinaugh Humans are fundamentally social beings, and the relationships we form with others are crucial for our well-being. Research across a variety of domains has established the association between a variety of interpersonal factors and health outcomes, including quality-of-life. However, there is a need for a more integrative, holistic analysis of these variables and how they relate to one another. Undergraduate students (n = 1456) from four universities across the United States completed self-report measures of their quality-of-life and a variety of interpersonal factors identified as important predictors across the literature. We examined zero-order correlations between these measures and quality-of-life, estimated a path model to look at unique variance accounted for by each, and finally used network analysis to examine the network of direct and indirect associations among these variables and quality-of-life. Loneliness had the strongest association with quality-of-life across all analyses. When examining the unique association between quality-of-life and each interpersonal variable, six remained statistically significant: loneliness, social support, social connectedness, emotional intelligence, intimacy with one's romantic partner, and empathic concern. These results were supported by the network model, which found direct associations between quality-of-life and these six variables as well as indirect associations with all other interpersonal variables in the model. Results from this research suggest that interpersonal factors in general, and loneliness in particular, are strongly associated with quality-of-life. Future research is needed to establish the direction of these effects and examine for whom these findings are generalizable.
  • Measuring Intimacy as a Contextual Behavioral Process: Psychometric Development and Evaluation of the Awareness, Courage, and Responsiveness Scale Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 2019 Adam Kuczynski, Jonathan Kanter, Chad Wetterneck, Fabián Olaz, R. Sonia Singh, Eric Lee, Tara Stowe, Trevor Mazzucchelli, Judy Mier-Chairez, Daniel Maitland, Katherine Manbeck, and Mariah Corey High quality relationships are essential to psychological health and well-being, and relational intimacy is a core model of intimacy wherein individuals develop close, trusting relationships with one another. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) is a contextual behavioral intervention approach that is well-equipped to target inter- personal processes through the provision of in-session, therapist mediated reinforcement of skillful intimate relating. Single-subject level analyses of FAP's efficacy and mechanism of action are supportive; however, there is a need for group-level research to evaluate its efficacy and generalizability. This paper presents the devel- opment of the Awareness, Courage, and Responsiveness Scale (ACRS), a self-report measure of behaviors es- sential to intimate relating informed by contextual behavioral science principles and Reis and Shaver's (1988) Intimacy Process Model. In this five-part study, functioning of the ACRS is examined in undergraduate student samples (Studies 1–3), an adult community sample (Study 3), non-clinical dyadic relationships (Study 4), and a clinical sample (Study 5). Strengths and limitations of the final measure are discussed.
  • A Preliminary Test of a Social Connectedness Burnout Intervention for Mexican Mental Health Professionals The Psychological Record 2019 Michel Reyes Ortega, Adam Kuczynski, Jonathan Kanter, Iván Arango de Montis, and María Santos Job burnout is a condition that interferes significantly with quality of life and is related to stressful working environments, organizational climate, and client outcomes. The introduction of burnout prevention and "Helping the Helper" programs may produce significant benefits with respect to this issue. In this study, we assessed a weekly online "Helping the Helper" intervention based on the behavioral principles of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) to improve social relationships, reduce burnout, and improve organizational climate and quality of life in mental health professionals. Six therapists of the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic of Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry participated in this study. Subjects answered three questionnaires (Maslach Burnout Inventory, Multidimensional Scale of Organizational Climate, and World Health Organization Quality of Life - BREF) at seven time points throughout the duration of the study. The intervention was implemented between time points three and five. Robust Improvement Rate Difference (R-IRD) scores were computed for each subject to assess for the intervention's efficacy. Results suggest preliminary support for the possibility of a "Helping the Helper" intervention based on FAP for reducing burnout and improving organizational climate among colleagues in a high-stress, public mental health setting.
  • A Brief Contextual-Behavioral Intervention to Improve Relationships: A Randomized Trial Journal of Contexual Behavioral Science 2018 Jonathan Kanter, Adam Kuczynski, Mavis Tsai, and Robert Kohlenberg Higher quality relationships enhance our emotional well-being, physical health, and life-span. This study describes a four-session intervention for increasing closeness in romantic and non-romantic dyads. Three key relational constructs – awareness, courage and love (ACL) – were targeted in a randomized control trial comparing ACL (n = 36) with an active comparison condition (n = 34). ACL was a structured protocol involving four one- hour weekly sessions between a trained coach and both members of a relational dyad. Overall, results were mixed. While there were few signifi cant results for the full sample, for those with high fear of intimacy, the ACL intervention decreased fear of intimacy and improved social connectedness and intimacy between members of dyads compared to the control group post-intervention and at one-month follow-up. These results are encouraging for a potentially signifi cant subset of the general public with high fear of intimacy who can be helped to access the mental and physical health benefi ts of relationships
  • The Antisemitism-Related Stress Inventory: Development and Preliminary Psychometric Evaluation Psychology of Violence 2018 Daniel Rosen, Adam Kuczynski, and Jonathan Kanter Objective: This article describes the development and preliminary psychometric evaluation of the Antisemitism-Related Stress Inventory (ARSI), a multidimensional measure of the frequency and impact of antisemitic experiences of American Jews. As the first known attempt to measure antisemitism-related stress, the ARSI represents a novel contribution in this area. Method: Adult, American Jewish respondents (N = 500) completed a battery of measures, including 87 initial items for possible inclusion in the ARSI. An exploratory factor analysis determined the factor structure of and best items for inclusion in the final scale. Correlations with established measures of stress, satisfaction with life, self-esteem, and Jewish religious and cultural identity were computed to explore concurrent validity. Results: The final 30-item ARSI included three subscales capturing Individual Experiences of antisemitism (14 items), Collective Experiences of antisemitism (11 items), and experiences related to one's Personal Safety (five items). The ARSI demonstrated strong internal consistency and concurrent validity with measures of stress and satisfaction with life. Jewish cultural identity predicted a higher frequency of collective experiences of anti-Semitism, whereas religious identity predicted fewer individual experiences of antisemitism. Conclusion: Findings support the ARSI as a promising measure to understand the impact of antisemitism on American Jews. These findings are discussed in regard to their specific implications for future research, including the need for further investigation into the impact of antisemitism on the psychological health and well-being of American Jews and complex relations with multiple aspects of Jewish identity.
  • A Comprehensive Review of Research on Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Clinical Psychology Review 2017 Jonathan Kanter, Katherine Manbeck, Adam Kuczynski, Daniel Maitland, Alessanda Villas-Bôas, and Michel Reyes Ortega Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP; Kohlenberg & Tsai, 1991) is a transdiagnostic approach to outpatient psychotherapy that presented guidelines to instantiate the behavioral principle of natural, social reinforcement applied to idiographic behavioral targets within a genuine and authentic psychotherapy relationship. We present the fi rst comprehensive review of research on FAP, including qualitative studies, uncontrolled and controlled single-case designs, group designs, and studies on training therapists in FAP. We conclude that current research support for FAP is promising but not suffi cient to justify claims that FAP is research-supported for specific psychiatric disorders. There is stronger support for FAP's mechanism of therapist-as-social reinforcer: FAP techniques, when appropriately applied to idiographically defi ned behavioral problems— primarily in the realm of social functioning — produce positive change in those behaviors.
  • A Preliminary Report on the Relationship Between Microaggressions Against Black People and Racism Among White College Stuents Race and Social Problems 2017 Jonathan Kanter, Monnica Williams, Adam Kuczynski, Katherine Manbeck, Marlena Debreaux, and Daniel Rosen Previous efforts to understand microaggressions have surveyed stigmatized group members' experiences of receiving microaggressions. This report presents the first attempt to measure self-reported likelihood of delivering microaggressions rather than receiving microaggressions and to explore the association between the likelihood of delivering microaggressions and racial prejudice. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 33 black and 118 non-Hispanic white undergraduate students at a large public Southern/Midwest university. Black students reported the degree to which a series of statements would be experienced as microaggressive. White students reported their likelihood of delivering those statements and completed measures of racial prejudice. White students' self-reported likelihood of engaging in microaggressive acts was significantly related to all measures of racial prejudice. The single item "A lot of minorities are too sensitive" was the strongest predictor of negative feelings toward black people. Results offer preliminary support that the delivery of microaggressions by white students is not simply innocuous behavior and may be indicative of broad, complex, and negative racial attitudes and explicit underlying hostility and negative feelings toward black students.
  • Relationship Science Informed Clinically Relevant Behaviors in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: The Awareness, Courage, and Love Model Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 2017 Daniel Maitland, Jonathan Kanter, Katherine Manbeck, and Adam Kuczynski The use of idiographically defined target behaviors in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) has limited participation in a reticulated model of treatment development. One way to address this limitation is to offer a standardized set of clinical targets for FAP. The current study details a method of identifying standardized treatment targets in FAP using the Awareness, Courage, and Love (ACL) model. The applicability of the model was assessed by evaluating the degree to which previously identified clinical targets in FAP research correspond with the proposed specific categories of the ACL model. There is an 83.67% fit between past idiographic targets and current standardized targets. We discuss how ACL may be clinically useful and encourage more integrative treatment development for FAP.
  • Preliminary Findings on the Effects of Online Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Training on Therapist Competency The Psychological Record 2016 Daniel Maitland, Jonathan Kanter, Mavis Tsai, Adam Kuczynski, Katherine Manbeck, and Robert Kohlenberg Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) is a contextual behavioral psychotherapy approach in which client behavior is shaped in the psychotherapy relationship and then generalized to out-of-session contexts. Efforts to train therapists in FAP have employed a parallel process, attempting to shape trainee behavior in an 8-week, live, online course in which trainees interact with each other in a series of experiential exercises. Previous research on the effects of this FAP training protocol have been hampered by reliance on trainee self-report and a lack of objective assessment of trainee behavior in actual sessions. In the current study, we developed and piloted an objective measure of FAP competency and employed it to assess outcomes in a FAP training study. Sixteen participants with a range of previous FAP training experiences were randomly assigned to an immediate FAP training or a waitlist-then-training group. Trainee self-report findings largely replicated findings from the previous study (Kanter, Tsai, Holman, & Koerner, 2012), with larger and more consistent effects found for trainees with fewer previous FAP training experiences. Objective assessment of in-session trainee behavior with the FAP Competency Scale suggested a significant effect of training, but these results were limited by missing data. These findings provide preliminary support for the hypothesis that engaging in a FAP training that functionally parallels the therapy process can enhance FAP therapist in-session competency.
  • Reinforcement Matters: A Preliminary, Laboratory-Based Component-Process Analysis of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy's Model of Social Connection Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 2015 Kevin Haworth, Jonathan Kanter, Mavis Tsai, Adam Kuczynski, James Rae, and Robert Kohlenberg A therapeutic model of social connection derived from Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) that applies to both the client's outside-of-therapy relationships and the psychotherapeutic relationship is explored in two studies. The model integrates established behavioral principles with existing research on the reciprocal process of self-disclosure and responsiveness that occurs during development of intimate relationships to highlight a promising therapeutic process. In this process, self-disclosure ("courage" in FAP's model) is evoked by the therapist and then reinforced with therapeutic responsiveness ("love" in the FAP model) resulting in improved self-disclosure and more connectedness in the therapy and other relationships. Study 1 included a sample of 77 undergraduate participants who self-disclosed responses to a series of closeness generating questions to undergraduate research assistants trained in respon- siveness. Findings indicated that social connection increased following this full procedure. Study 2 included a sample of 99 undergraduate participants and provided evidence that the responsiveness of the research assistant is key to promoting increased feelings of connectedness and also improves the depth of disclosure.
  • A Brief, Interpersonally Oriented Mindfulness Intervention Incorporating Functional Analytic Psychotherapy's model of Awareness, Courage, and Love Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 2015 Robert Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai, Adam Kuczynski, James Rae, Elizabeth Lagbas, Jianne Lo, and Jonathan Kanter A brief, group mindfulness intervention targeting both state mindfulness and social connectedness was developed based on Functional Analytic Psychotherapy's model of awareness, courage, and love. A total of 114 college students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) a nature video control, (2) a traditional intrapersonal mindfulness intervention focused on awareness of breath and private stimuli such as bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings, or (3) an interpersonal mindfulness intervention that emphasized (a) expanding awareness from private internal to external public stimuli associated with the presence of others, (b) a contemplation of common humanity and risks participants could take to improve a specific relationship, and (c) a brief small group interaction involving courageous sharing of these risks. Results indicated significant benefits of all three conditions with respect to state mindfulness with both mindfulness conditions outperforming the nature video, and significant benefits of both mindfulness conditions with respect to social connectedness, with the interpersonal mindfulness condition outperforming the intrapersonal condition. Limitations include no follow-up data to explore the maintenance of gains over time.

Clinical Services

Adam as a child
I work with both adults and adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health concerns.
I approach my clinical work with a sense of curiosity about you, your history, and your own goals for our work together. Our relationship is an important part of this journey, and so I work hard to develop a relationship that is built on a foundation of mutural trust and understanding.
I also make a strong commitment to using evidence based treatments for the issues you are experiencing. I have particular expertise in treating suicidality and self-injury, interpersonal concerns, anxiety, depression, and substance use problems. I have training in the following evidence based treatments:
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Behavioral Activation (BA) for depression
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for insomnia
As a graduate student, I am not yet a licensed clinical psychologist. Thus, all of my clinical work is supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. If I have no availability in my current clinical practicum, I will do my best to provide referrals for providers in the area.
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I acknowledge that electronic communication, including email, is limited in terms of privacy and may be intercepted by a third party. I understand that this electronic communication does not constitute a therapeutic relationship. I also understand that Adam Kuczynski is not a licensed clinician and is thus unable to provided services independent of clinical supervision. I hereby release Adam Kuczynski from any and all liability that may occur due to electronic communication over a non-secture network.

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