Monnica Williams

Job Opening! Seeking postdoctoral fellow. Click here for info and how to apply.
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
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and racial trauma
Psychometrics, scale development and validation
Reproductive, gender, and sexual mental health issues
Social anxiety disorder

Research Synopsis: Dr. Williams’ clinical work and research focuses on OCD, African American mental health, culture, and trauma.
Courses: Ethnic Minority Psychology (G)
Abnormal Psychology (U)
Collaborators: Center for the Science of Social Connection at the University of Washington: We are collaborating on anti-racism research
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 prospective grad students should be sure to include their GPA and GRE scores in the CV. (Applications for starting Fall 2017 are now closed.)
Recent Media:

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.


Williams, M. (2016, October 6). Column: White people don’t understand the trauma of viral police-killing videos. PBS Newshour.


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


Scott, I. M. (2016, August 27). It’s Called “Battered Race Syndrome.” Or, Something Like That. Huffington Post.

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. & 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


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


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.


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


All Publications Listing | Google Scholar | ResearchGate

Professional Activities: Dr. Williams 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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