Dr. Monnica Williams, Director

Culture & Mental Health Disparities

Dr. Monnica Williams at UConn Health

Department of Psychological Sciences

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, Associate Professor, and Director of the Laboratory for Culture & Mental Health Disparities at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She also has a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry in the UConn School of Medicine She coordinates several research projects at the CMHD and provides research and clinical training to students.

Education & Training

Dr. Williams completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA. She received her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia, where she conducted research in the areas of psychopathology, 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, major mental illness, and sexual identity issues. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia for four years, where she instructed medical residents, practicum students, and undergraduates. She received specialized training in the treatment of OCD and PTSD by Dr. Edna Foa.


Dr. Williams has published over 90 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles focused on anxiety-related conditions and cultural differences. She has received grant funding from local, federal, and international organizations. She has served on the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Main Line chapter, NAMI Louisville, and the OC Foundation of California. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), where she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board and co-chairs the Diversity Council. She is also a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, where she serves as the Special Interest Group (SIG) leader for African Americans in Behavioral Therapy. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (JOCRD) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and she is an Associate Editor of ABCT's The Behavior Therapist.

Clinical Activities

Dr. Williams is a licensed psychologist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral treatment for adults and adolescents with OCD, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. She is the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, with locations in Louisville, KY and Philadelphia. She specializes in treatment of the most severe cases of OCD and hoarding. using Exposure and Ritual Prevention (Ex/RP), and race-based stress and trauma. Dr. Williams provides supervision and training to other clinicians and has published several didactic articles on treatment issues. She has provided clinical lectures for mental health professionals at organizations and conferences (ABCT and IOCDF) nationwide.

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