Monnica Williams

Degree: B.S., Electrical Engineering & Biomed Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 2003
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 2007
Internship, McGill University, Montreal General Hospital, 2007
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Psychology Today: Culturally Speaking

Research Interests: Phenomenology, assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder
Ethnic differences in symptoms of psychopathology and the role of ethnic identity
African American mental health and disparities
The impact of police violence on communities of color
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and racial trauma
Psychometrics, scale development and validation
Reproductive, gender, and sexual mental health issues
Social anxiety disorder

Current Research Projects: Assessment of sexual orientation obsessions in OCD
Assessment of racism-related stress and trauma
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD with racial trauma
The Racial Harmony Workshop: An intervention to reduce racism
Development of a measure of microaggressing
Assessment of refugee mental health
Marital satisfaction and accommodation in OCD
Courses: Ethnic Minority Psychology (G)
Abnormal Psychology (U)
Students & Trainees: I will be accepting a new graduate student for next year. Interested parties should email a CV and transcript for preliminary consideration, and be sure to include GPA and GRE scores in the CV. (Applications for starting Fall 2017 are now closed.)
Recent Media:

Wing, N. (2017, April 11). Call The United Incident What It Is: Police Violence. Huffington Post.


Harris, A. (2017, April 5). A History of Self-Care. Slate Magazine.


Borges, A. (2017, February 16). Here’s What Therapists Want You To Know About Being Politically Active. BuzzFeed.


Moore, C. (2017, January 10). Homosexual OCD is a Thing, and Thousands of Americans Suffer From It. Out Magazine.


Hellerman, C. (2016, December 1). Using Ecstasy to treat PTSD: I felt like my soul snapped back into place. PBS Newshour.


Winerman, L. (2016, October). Left Out. Monitor on Psychology, 50-53.

Recent Publications:

Williams, M. T., Pena, A., & Mier-Chairez, J. (in press). Assessing and treating racism-related stress and trauma among Latinos. In L. T. Benuto & B. D. Leany (Eds.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. Springer.


Williams, M. T., Mier-Chairez, J., & Peña, A. (in press). Tools for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder among Latinos. In L. T. Benuto & B. D. Leany (Eds.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. Springer.


Williams, M. T., Duque, G., Chapman, L. K., Wetterneck, C. T., & DeLapp, R.C.T. (in press). Ethnic identity and regional differences in mental health in a national sample of African American young adults. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.


Williams, M. T. & Jahn, M. E. (in press). Obsessive-compulsive disorder in African American children and adolescents: Risks, resiliency, and barriers to treatment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi: 10.1037/ort0000188


Sawyer, B. A., Debreaux, M., & Williams, M. T. (in press). Understanding the impact of discrimination on children. Digital Campus Reference Library. Heinemann Publishing / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Williams, M. T., Brown, T., & Sawyer, B. (2017). Psychiatric comorbidity and hoarding symptoms in African Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Black Psychology, 43(3), 259–279. doi: 10.1177/0095798416639438


Himle, J. A., Taylor, R. J. , Nguyen, A. W., Williams, M. T., Lincoln, K. D., Taylor, H. O., & Chatters, L. M. (2017). Family and friendship networks and obsessive compulsive disorder among African Americans and Black Caribbeans. The Behavior Therapist, 40 (3), 99-105.


Stewart, C. E., Lee, S. Y., Hogstrom, A., & Williams, M. (2017). Diversify and conquer: A call to promote minority representation in clinical psychology. The Behavior Therapist, 40 (3), 74-79.


Bosson, R., Williams, M. T., Lippman, S., Carrico, R., Kanter, J., Pena, A., Mier-Chairez, J., & Ramirez, J. (2017). Addressing refugee mental health needs: From concept to implementation. The Behavior Therapist, 40 (3), 110-112.


Ching, T. H. W., Williams, M. T., & Siev, J. (2017). Violent obsessions are associated with suicidality in an OCD analogue sample of college students. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 46(2), 129-140. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2016.1228084


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Professional Activities: Dr. Williams is and affiliate of InCHIP and the Africana Studies Institute at UConn.

She is on the editorial board of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and associate editor of The Behavior Therapist. Her work has been funded by local and federal competitive grants, including the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Foundation.


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