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
Stress and trauma in state correctional officers
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:

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


Savage, K. (2018, April 2). Remembering the Brutal Tactics of the Baton Rouge Police. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.


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.


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.

Recent Publications:

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


Ching, T. H. W., Lee, S., Chen, J., So, R., & Williams, M. T. (in press). A model of intersectional stress and trauma in Asian American sexual and gender minorities. Psychology of Violence.


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. doi: 10.1177/0306624X18758534


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


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


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


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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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