Monnica Williams, PhD

Dr. Williams' interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, sexual psychopathology, racism, and multicultural psychology.

Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities, Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at University of Louisville and the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Virginia working with Dr. Eric Turkheimer, and spent four years at the University of Pennsylvania working with Drs. Edna Foa and Marty Franklin before arriving in Louisville in July 2011.

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  • 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

Research Interests

  • Phenomenology, assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Ethnic differences in symptoms of psychopathology and the role of ethnic identity
  • African American mental health
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychometrics, scale development and validation
  • Reproductive, gender, and sexual mental health issues
  • Social anxiety disorder

Current Projects

  • The impact of OCD on marital and sexual satisfaction
  • Treating race-based stress and trauma
  • The relationship between OCD and interpersonal hostility, shame, and experiential avoidance
  • Sexual obsessions in OCD
  • Improving cultural competence in the delivery of CBT
  • Racial differences in disgust sensitivity
  • Ethnic identity and mental health
  • Interventions to reduce racism

Courses Recently Taught and Upcoming

  • PSYC 414: African American Psychology WR (Fall 2011 U)
  • PSYC 366: Multicultural Psychology WR (Spring & Fall 2012, Fall 2013 U)
  • PSYC 687: Assessment and Treatment of Black Americans (Spring 2013 G)
  • PSYC 689: Clinical Psychopathology (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 G)
  • PSYC 385: Honors Abnormal Psychology (Spring 2014 U)
  • PSYC 685: Clinical Practicum Team (Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Summer 2015 G)
  • PSYC 687: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (Summer 2015 G)
  • PSYC 687: Cultural Diversity in Psychology (Fall 2015 G)
  • PSYC 686: Treating Trauma in Diverse Populations (Spring 2016 G)
  • PSYC 404: Psychology of Race and Racism in America (Summer 2016 U)

Publications & Scholarly Works

Recent Journal Articles

  1. Williams, M. T., & Ching, T. H. W. (in press). Transgender anxiety, cultural issues, and cannabis in obsessive compulsive disorder. AACE Clinical Case Reports. doi: 10.4158/
  2. Williams, M. T., & Jahn, M. E. (in press). Obsessive-compulsive disorder in African American children and adolescents: Risks, resiliency, and barriers to treatment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi: 10.1037/ort0000188
  3. DeLapp, R. C. T., Chapman, L. K., & Williams, M. T. (in press). Psychometric properties of a brief version of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire in African Americans and European Americans. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/pas0000208
  4. Williams, M. T., & Leins, C. (2016). Race-based trauma: The challenge and promise of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Bulletin, 26(1), 32-37.
  5. Williams, M. T., & Viscusi, J. A. (2016). Hoarding disorder and a systematic review of treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45(2), 93-110.
  6. Williams, M. T., Sawyer, B., Leonard, R. C., Ellsworth, M., Simms, J. V., & Riemann, B. C. (2015). Minority participation in a major residential and intensive outpatient program for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 5, 67-75.
  7. Miller, A., Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C. T., Kanter, J., & Tsai, M. (2015). Using functional analytic psychotherapy to improve awareness and connection in racially diverse client-therapist dyads. The Behavior Therapist, 38(6), 150-156.
  8. Williams, M. T., Capozzoli, M., Buckner, E., & Yusko, D. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of social anxiety disorder with comorbid schizophrenia.Clinical Case Studies, 14(15), 323-341. doi: 10.1177/1534650114559717
  9. Glazier, K., Wetterneck, C. T., Singh, S., & Williams, M. T. (2015). Stigma and shame as barriers to treatment in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Journal of Depression and Anxiety, 4(3), 191. doi: 10.4191/2167-1044.1000191
  10. Foa, E. B., Simpson, H. B., Rosenfield, D., Liebowitz, M. R., Cahill, S. P., Huppert, J. D., Bender, J., McLean, C., Maher, M. J., Campeas, R., Hahn, C-G., Imms, P., Pinto, A., Powers, M., Rodrigues, C. I., Van Meter, P. E., Vermes, D., & Williams, M. T. (2015). Six-month outcomes from a randomized trial augmenting serotonin reuptake inhibitors with exposure and ritual prevention or risperidone in adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76(4), 440-446. doi: 10.4088/JCP.14m09044
  11. DeLapp, R. C. T., & Williams, M. T. (2015). Professional challenges facing African American psychologists: The presence and impact of racial microaggressions. The Behavior Therapist 38(4), 101-105.
  12. Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C., Tellawi, G., & Duque, G. (2015). Domains of distress among people with sexual orientation obsessions. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 14 (3), 783-789. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0421-0
  13. Williams, M. T., Davis, D. M., Tellawi, G., & Slimowicz, J. (2015). Assessment and treatment of sexual orientation obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australian Clinical Psychologist, 1(1), 12-18.
  14. Sawyer, B., Williams, M.T., Chasson, G., Davis, D., & Chapman, L. K. (2015). The impact of childhood family functioning on anxious, depressive, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in adulthood among African Americans. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders, 4, 8-13.

Recent Book Chapters

  1. Sawyer, B., DeLapp, R. C. T., & Williams, M. T. (in press). Community Violence Exposure, Racial Discrimination, and Barriers to Treatment: Implications for African American Males in Counseling. In W. Ross (Ed.), The African American Male Series: Counseling African American Males: Effective Therapeutic Interventions and Approaches. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  2. DeLapp, R. C. T., Williams, M. T., Davis, D. M., & Sawyer, B. (2016). Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In A. Breland-Noble, C. S. Al-Mateen, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth. Springer ISBN: 978-3-319-25501-9.
  3. Sawyer, B., Williams, M. T., DeLapp, R. C. T., & Davis, D. M. (2016). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In A. Breland-Noble, C. S. Al-Mateen, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-25501-9.
  4. Williams, M. T., Chapman, L. K., Buckner, E., & Durrett, E. (2016). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In A. Breland-Noble, C. S. Al-Mateen, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-25501-9.
  5. Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T., Tellawi, G., & Bruce, S. (2016). Obsessions of Suicide in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder. In E. Storch & A. Lewin (Eds.), Clinical Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: A Case-Based Approach to Treating Pediatric and Adult Populations. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-17138-8.
  6. Williams, M. T., Chasson, G. S., & Davis, D. M. (2015). Anxiety and Affect in Racially Unmatched Dyads During Evaluation and Assessment. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, Vol. 108. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-63482-460-6.
  7. Williams, M. T., & Steever, A. (2015). Cultural manifestations of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In C. W. Lack (Ed.), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Etiology, Phenomenology, and Treatment. United Kingdom: Onus Books. ISBN: 978-0-9926000-5-1.
  8. Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C., & Sawyer, B. (2015). Assessment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in African Americans. In L. Benuto & B. Leany (Eds.), Guide to Psychological Assessment with African Americans (pp. 145-161). New York, NY: Springer. ISBN: 978-1-4939-1003-8.
  9. Malcoun, E., Williams, M. T., & Bahojb-Nouri, L. V. (2015). Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans. In L. Benuto & B. Leany (Eds.), Guide to Psychological Assessment with African Americans (pp. 163-182). New York, NY: Springer. ISBN: 978-1-4939-1003-8.

Comprehensive list of publications available here.