Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Look for an interview with Dr. Williams in October in APA's Monitor on Psychology discussing racial bias in therapy.
About Dr. Monnica Williams
Therapist • Researcher • Professor • Speaker
Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is licensed clinical psychologist, Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. She is also the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Williams completed her undergraduate studies at MIT (biotechnology) and UCLA (psychology). She received her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia, where she conducted research in the areas of mental illness, tests and measurement, and ethnic differences. She completed her clinical internship at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital Site, where she completed rotations in mood disorders, sexual disorders, and emergency psychiatric medicine. Prior to her move to Louisville, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry for four years, where she worked with Dr. Edna Foa, an international authority on OCD and PTSD.
Dr. Williams has provided numerous media appearances. On television she has appeared on 20/20, PBS, numerous newscasts, and talk shows. She has appeared on several radio shows, including NPR, and had been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Huffington Post. She maintains a blog on Psychology Today called Culturally Speaking.
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Dr. Williams has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Louisville. She often teaches Abnormal Psychology and Multicultural Psychology courses to undergraduates, as gives frequent guest lectures at other universities. She teaches psychopathology, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and multicultural counseling skills to graduate students. In the fall, she will be starting at the University of Connecticut, in the Psychological Sciences Department.
Dr. Williams conducts trainings and lectures for medical residents, community organizations, and treatment providers nationally. She also lectures and conducts workshops at scientific conferences, including workshops to improve cultural competence.
Dr. Williams research interests include culture, race, and mental illness. She is also an authority on obsessive-compulsive disorder, including sexual orientation-themed OCD (called SO-OCD or HOCD). She has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, with a focus on anxiety-related disorders and cultural differences, including articles about OCD best practices. These have appeared in scientific journals including Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Research and Therapy, Clinical Case Studies, Depression and Anxiety, and JAMA Psychiatry. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 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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Dr. Williams administers expert psychological treatment for several mental health disorders, including a specialized treatment for OCD, called Exposure and Ritual Prevention (EX/RP). EX/RP is a very effective type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that reduces unwanted obsessions through a process of changing thoughts and behaviors. Most people start to see improvements during the first month of treatment. For those coming from a distance, intensive treatment is an option. Dr. Williams also offers comprehensive evaluations for psychological disorders, treatment for health anxiety, phobias, and body dysmorphic disorder (syndrome of imagined ugliness). She also provides therapy for people seeking to improve the quality of their relationships using Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Contact Dr. Williams to schedule an in-person evaluation or phone consultation.
Dr. Williams has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Main Line chapter, NAMI Louisville, the OC Foundation of California, and the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists. She is currently a member of the International OCD Foundation (Scientific Advisory Board), Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (Special Interest Group Leader), Kentucky Psychological Association (Diversity Delegate), and the American Psychological Association.
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OCD Treatment |
African American ABCT SIG |