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
Announcements: Dr. Williams is relocating to the University of Ottawa, where she will be accepting new graduate students. Visit her new academic home.
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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
Recent Media:

Williams, M. T. (2019, February 13). Uncovering the Trauma of Racism. APA Journals Article Spotlight. American Psychological Association.


Gregory, K. (2019, February 13). Killing Us Softly: How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice. The New Republic.


Williams, V. (2019, February 8). The emotional toll of Virginia’s blackface scandal. About Us section. The Washington Post.


Luse, B. (2019, February 4). Blue Pill. The Nod. Gimlet Media.


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

Recent Publications:

Williams, M. T. (in press). Microaggressions: Clarification, evidence, and impact. Perspectives on Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/1745691619827499


George, J. R., Michaels, T. I., Sevelius, J., & Williams, M. T. (in press). The psychedelic renaissance and the limitations of a White-dominant medical framework: A call for indigenous and minority inclusion. Journal of Psychedelic Studies.


Williams, M. T., Rosen, D. C., & Kanter, J. W. (in press). Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: Using Contextual Behavioral Science to Achieve Equity and Excellence Across Settings and Communities. New Harbinger Books. ISBN: 978-1-68403-196-2


Williams, M. T. & Wetterneck, C. T. (2019). Sexual Obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Step-by-Step, Definitive Guide to Understanding, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190624798


DeLapp, R. C. T. & Williams, M. T. (2019). Preparing for racial discrimination and moving beyond reactive coping: A systematic review. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 15 (1), 58-71. doi: 10.2174/1573400515666190211114709


Ching, T. H. W. & Williams, M. T. (2019). The role of ethnic identity in OC symptom dimensions among Asian Americans. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive & Related Disorders, 21, 112–120.


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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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