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: Mental health and disparities
Phenomenology, assessment, and treatment of OCD
Ethnic differences in psychopathology symptoms and the role of ethnic identity
PTSD and racial trauma in Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, & Native peoples
Law enforcement and community trauma
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 for people of color
Measurement, impact, and prevention of microaggressions
Refugee mental health
Cultural trauma in indigenous North Americans
Marital satisfaction and sexual dysfunction in OCD
Courses: Ethnic Minority Psychology (G)
Abnormal Psychology (U)
Students: I will be interviewing potential graduate students 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:

Shastry, N. (2018, September 5). Taking psychedelic drugs to ease death. BeMe News/CNN.


Lekhtman, A. (2018, Aug 1). A healing trip: Psychologists are testing MDMA to treat the trauma of racism. Merry Jane.


Bain, K. (2018, June 26). Psychedelics are going mainstream, because the mainstream needs them. Vice.


Young, L. (2018, April 3). ‘It’s a traumatic moment’: How everyday racism can impact mental, physical health. Global News. Canada.


Demby, G. & Meraji, S. M. (2017, December 20). Black Atheists, White Santas, and a Feast For The Deceased. Codeswitch. NPR.


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


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

Recent Publications:

Williams, M. T. (in press). Microaggressions: Clarification, evidence, and impact. Perspectives on Psychological Science.


Williams, M. T., Printz, D., Ching, T. & Wetterneck, C. T. (2018). Assessing PTSD in ethnic and racial minorities: Trauma and racial trauma. Directions in Psychiatry, 38(3), 179-196.


Michaels, T. I., Gallagher, N., Crawford, M., Kanter, J. W., & Williams, M. T. (2018). Racial differences in the appraisal of microaggressions through cultural consensus modeling. The Behavior Therapist, 41(7), 314-321.


Williams, M. T., Printz, D., & DeLapp, R. C. T. (2018). Assessing racial trauma in African Americans with the Trauma Symptoms of Discrimination Scale. Psychology of Violence, 8(6), 735-747. doi: 10.1037/vio0000212


Ching, T. H. W., Lee, S., Chen, J., So, R., & Williams, M. T. (2018). A model of intersectional stress and trauma in Asian American sexual and gender minorities. Psychology of Violence, 8(6), 657-668. doi: 10.1037/vio0000204


DeLapp, R. C. T., Chasson, G., Swerbilow, J., Gibby, B., Tellawi, G., & Williams, M. T. (2018). 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, 62(13), 4142-4157. doi: 10.1177/0306624X18758534


Carlson, M. D., Endsley, M., Motley, D., Shawahin, L. N., & Williams, M. T. (2018). Addressing the impact of racism on veterans of color: A race-based stress and trauma group. Psychology of Violence, 8(6), 748-762. doi: 10.1037/vio0000221


Williams, M. T., Ching, T. H. W., Tellawi, G., Siev, J., Dowell, J., Schlaudt, V., Slimowicz, J., & Wetterneck, C. T. (2018). Assessing sexual orientation symptoms in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Development and validation of the Sexual Orientation Obsessions and Reactions Test (SORT). Behavior Therapy, 49(5), 715-729. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2017.12.005


Williams, M. T., Metzger, I., Leins, C., & DeLapp, C. (2018). Assessing racial trauma within a DSM-5 framework: The UConn Racial/Ethnic Stress & Trauma Survey. Practice Innovations, 3(4), 242-260. doi: 10.1037/pri0000076


Williams, M. T., Kanter, J. W., & Ching, T. H. W. (2018). 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, 5(5), 919–927. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0440-3


Katz, R. V., Katz, A. E., Warren, R. C., Williams, M. T., Aqel, H., Ilin, D., & McGowan, R. (2018). Comparative use of Tuskegee Syphilis Study film vs. text triggers to teach bioethics: The Spheres of Ethics Teaching Using Film (SOETUF) college study. Diversity & Equality in Health and Care, 15(5), 199-206.


Michaels, T. I., Purdon, J., Collins, A. & Williams, M. T. (2018). Inclusion of people of color in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy: A review of the literature. BMC Psychiatry, 18(245), 1-9. doi: 10.1186/s12888-018-1824-6.


Leins, C., & Williams, M. T. (2018). Using the Bible to facilitate treatment of religious obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 37(2), 112-124.


Ching, T. H. W. & Williams, M. T. (2018). Association Splitting of the Sexual Orientation OCD-Relevant Semantic Network. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 47 (3), 229-245. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2017.1343380


Chapman, L. K., DeLapp, R., & Williams, M. T. (2018). Impact of race, ethnicity, and culture on the expression and assessment of psychopathology. In D. C. Beidel, B. C. Frueh, & M. Hersen (Eds.), Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis, 8e (pp. 131-156). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-119-38360-4.


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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 and New Ideas in Psychology. 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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