More About Dr. Monnica Williams

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is licensed clinical psychologist who treats adults and families with OCD, PTSD, and other anxiety disorders. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. She is also the Executive Director of the Behavioral Wellness Counseling Clinics, LLC, with locations in Virginia and Kentucky.

Education and Professional Membership

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 served on the board of directors of several organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Main Line chapter, 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), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Popular Press

Dr. Williams has provided numerous media appearances. On television she has appeared on 20/20, a PBS documentary about OCD, and talk shows including Montel Williams. She has appeared on several radio shows, including NPR, and had been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, including Parade Magazine and Women's Health. She has written for the New York Times and maintains a blog on Psychology Today called Culturally Speaking.


Dr. Williams has taught courses at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Louisville. She often teaches Abnormal Psychology and Multicultural Psychology courses, as well as frequent guest lectures at other universities, including Nova Southeast, Temple University, and the University of Oregon. She conducts trainings and lectures for medical residents, community organizations, and treatment providers nationally.

Scientific Research

Dr. Williams is an authority on sexual orientation-themed OCD (called SO-OCD or HOCD). She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, with a focus on anxiety 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. Her work has been funded by local and federal competitive grants, including the National Institutes of Health.

Clinical Work

Dr. Williams administers expert psychological treatment for anxiety disorders, including a specialized treatment for OCD, called Exposure and Ritual Prevention (EX/RP). EX/RP is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that reduces unwanted obsessions through a process of changing thoughts and behaviors. EX/RP is a highly effective psychotherapeutic treatment for OCD and is more effective than medication. The typical program consists of 17 ninety-minute sessions, twice per week. Most people start to see some improvements during the first month of treatment. For those coming from a distance, intensive treatment is an option. Learn more about the OCD Treatment Program and treatment for compulsive hoarding.

Dr. Williams also offers comprehensive evaluations for psychological disorders, treatment for body dysmorphic disorder (syndrome of imagined ugliness), health anxiety, and therapy for people seeking to improve the quality of their relationships. Contact Dr. Williams to schedule an in-person evaluation or phone consultation.

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Dr. Monnica Williams

Professional Member
Grant Awardee 2009
Poster Award 2010
Poster Award 2011
Conference Speaker 2009
Conference Speaker 2011
Conference Speaker 2012
Conference Speaker 2013

Professional Member
Special Interest Group Leader
Workshop Trainer 2010
Convention Speaker 2011
Convention Speaker 2013

Professional Member
Predoctoral Travel Grant 2005
Conference Speaker 2010
Conference Speaker 2013

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