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 impact of police violence on African American 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 and treatment of sexual obsessions in OCD
Assessment of racism-related stress and trauma
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD with racial trauma
Measurement, impact, and prevention of microaggressions
Assessment of 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 should 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:

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+.


Wing, N. (2017, April 11). Call The United Incident What It Is: Police Violence. Huffington Post.


Harris, A. (2017, April 5). A History of Self-Care. Slate Magazine.


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.

Recent Publications:

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., Taylor, R. J., Mouzon, D. M., Oshin, L., Himle, J. A., & Chatters, L. M. (in press). Discrimination and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder among African Americans. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi: 10.1037/ort0000285


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


Williams, M. T., Peña, A., & Mier-Chairez, J. (2017). Assessing and treating racism-related stress and trauma among Latinos. In L. T. Benuto (Ed.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-64880-4.


Williams, M. T., Mier-Chairez, J., & Peña, A. (2017). Tools for treating obsessive compulsive disorder among Latinos. In L. T. Benuto (Ed.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-64880-4.


Bosson, R., Williams, M. T., Schlaudt, V., Carrico, R., Pena, A., Kotey, S., Ramirez, J., & Kanter, J. (2017). Evaluating mental health in Cuban refugees: The role of the Refugee Health Screener-15. Journal of Refugee & Global Health, 1(1), 15-23. doi: 10.18297/rgh/vol1/iss1/4


Chasson, G., Williams, M. T. Davis, D. M., & Combs, J. Y. (2017). Missed diagnoses in African Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder: The Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I). BMC Psychiatry, 17, 258. doi: 10.1186/s12888-017-1422-z


Sawyer, B. A., Debreaux, M., & Williams, M. T. (2017). Discrimination’s impact on children. Heinemann Digital Campus Reference Library. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Williams, M. T., Taylor, R., Chatters, L. M., & Himle, J. (2017). Demographic and health-related correlates of obsessive-compulsive symptoms among African Americans. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 14, 119-126. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2017.07.001


Williams, M. T., Chapman, L. K., Simms, J. V., & Tellawi, G. (2017). Cross-cultural phenomenology of obsessive-compulsive disorder. In J. Abramowitz, D. McKay, & E. Storch (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders (pp. 56-74). Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-88964-0.


Williams, M. T., Sawyer, B., Ellsworth, M., Singh, R., & Tellawi, G. (2017). Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders in ethnoracial minorities: attitudes, stigma, and barriers to treatment. In J. Abramowitz, D. McKay, & E. Storch (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders, (pp. 847-872). Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-88964-0.


Williams, M. T. & Jahn, M. E. (2017). Obsessive-compulsive disorder in African American children and adolescents: Risks, resiliency, and barriers to treatment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(3), 291-303. doi: 10.1037/ort0000188


Williams, M. T., Brown, T., & Sawyer, B. (2017). Psychiatric comorbidity and hoarding symptoms in African Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Black Psychology, 43(3), 259–279. doi: 10.1177/0095798416639438


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


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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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