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

Dr. Williams

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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.

At the end of August, I will be relocating to the University of Connecticut.

Visit my blog on Psychology Today: Culturally Speaking

In the News


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

Current Projects

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

Courses Recently Taught

  • 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 & Chapters

  1. 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
  2. Williams, M. T., Pena, A., & Mier-Chairez, J. (in press). Assessing and Treating Racism-Related Stress and Trauma among Latinos. In L. T. Benuto & B. D. Leany (Eds.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. Springer.
  3. Williams, M. T., Mier-Chairez, J., & Pena, A. (in press). Tools for treating obsessive compulsive disorder among Latinos. In L. T. Benuto & B. D. Leany (Eds.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. Springer.
  4. Ching, T. H. W., Williams, M. T. & Siev, J. (in press). Violent obsessions are associated with suicidality in an OCD analogue sample of college students. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  5. Singh, R., Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T., & Knott, L. E. (in press). The role of shame and symptom severity on quality of life in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders.
  6. Williams, M. T., Brown, T., & Sawyer, B. (in press). Psychiatric comorbidity and hoarding symptoms in African Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Black Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0095798416639438
  7. Williams, M. T. & Mier-Chairez, J. (2016). Editorial: Differences in psychopathology across ethnicity and culture. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 12 (2), 109-114.
  8. Williams, M. T., Debreaux, M., & Jahn, M. (2016). African Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder: An update. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 12, 109-114. doi: 10.2174/1573400512666160602124146
  9. Sawyer, B., DeLapp, R. C. T., & Williams, M. T. (2016). Community Violence Exposure, Racial Discrimination, and Barriers to Treatment: Implications for African American Males in Counseling. In W. Ross (Ed.), Counseling African American Males: Effective Therapeutic Interventions and Approaches. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  10. DeLapp, R. C. T., Chapman, L. K., & Williams, M. T. (2016). Psychometric properties of a brief version of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire in African Americans and European Americans. Psychological Assessment, 28(5), 499-508. doi: 10.1037/pas0000208
  11. 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.
  12. Tellawi, G., Williams, M. T., & Chasson, G. (2016). Interpersonal hostility and suspicious thinking in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 243, 295–302. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.06.038
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Williams, M. T., & Ching, T. H. W. (2016). Transgender anxiety, cultural issues, and cannabis in obsessive compulsive disorder. Endocrine Practice, 2(3). doi: 10.4158/
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

Comprehensive list of publications available here.