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: African American mental health and disparities
Phenomenology, assessment and treatment of OCD
Ethnic differences in psychopathology symptoms and the role of ethnic identity
The relationship between law enforcement and Black communities
PTSD and racial trauma in Black and Hispanic Americans
Psychometrics, scale development and validation
Cultural competence in research and health care
Reproductive, gender, and sexual mental health issues
Social anxiety disorder
Current Research Projects: Assessment of racism-related stress and trauma
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD with racial trauma
Measurement, impact, and prevention of microaggressions
Refugee mental health
Marital satisfaction and sexual dysfunction in OCD
Courses: Ethnic Minority Psychology (G)
Abnormal Psychology (U)
Students: I will be accepting a graduate student for the coming year. Prospective applicants are encouraged to email me their CV (with GPAs), GRE scores (with percentiles), career goals, and a copy of their transcript for pre-review before applying. Bilingualism is a plus.
Recent Media:

Hampton, J., Mekawi, Y., & Miller, A. (2017, December). Diversity Spotlight. Clinical Science Newsletter. Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology.


Powell, N. (2017, September 14). 5 Ways To End Stigmas Against Mental Health Care in Communities of Color. Everyday Feminism Magazine.


UConn Communications. (2017, September 6). Study: Racism Rooted in Small Things People Say and Do. UConn Today.

Winston, C. (2017, Summer). 25 Individuals of Influence. PTSD Journal, 4, 31-60.


Cerqueira, C. (2017, June 1). What can you do if you see a racist rant in public? AJ+.

Recent Publications:

Ching, T. H. W., Williams, M. T., Olatunji, B. O., & Siev, J. (in press). Responsibility/threat overestimation moderates the relationship between contamination-based disgust and obsessive-compulsive concerns about sexual orientation. Archives of Sexual Behavior.


DeLapp, R. C. T., Chasson, G., Swerbilow, J., Gibby, B., Tellawi, G., & Williams, M. T. (in press). The normative nature of aggressive intrusive thinking among an underserved incarcerated population compared to a student sample. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.


Leins, C. & Williams, M. T. (in press). Using the Bible to facilitate treatment of religious obsessions in obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.


Williams, M. T., Kanter, J. W., & Ching, T. H. W. (in press). Anxiety, stress, and trauma symptoms in African Americans: Negative affectivity does not explain the relationship between microaggressions and psychopathology. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0440-3


Litman, L., Williams, M. T., Rosen, Z., Robinson, J., Weinberger-Litman, S., Flannery, M., & Maitland, T. (in press). Racial disparities in cleanliness attitudes mediate purchasing attitudes toward cleaning products: A serial mediation model. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0429-y


Kanter, J. W., Williams, M. T., Kuczynski, A. M., Manbeck, K., Debreaux, M., & Rosen, D. (in press). A preliminary report on the relationship between microaggressions against Blacks and racism among White college students. Race and Social Problems. doi: 10.1007/s12552-017-9214-0


Ching, T. H. W., & Williams, M. T. (in press). Association splitting of the sexual orientation-OCD-relevant semantic network. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2017.1343380


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. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0372-y


Bruce, S. L., Ching, T., & Williams, M. T. (in press). Pedophilic obsessions in obsessive compulsive disorder: Assessment and treatment with exposure and ritual prevention. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1031-4


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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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