Workshops & Lectures

Diagnosis and Assessment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (3 CE's)

This training course for mental health professionals will teach you how to identify and assess obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This workshop review the nature of obsessions and compulsions, the major symptom dimensions and related research, and differential diagnosis of OCD. We will cover diagnosis of OCD using structured interviews (e.g. ADIS, SCID, MINI), and the assessment of OCD using the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale checklist and severity scale (version 2). We will also review the utility of self-report measures for OCD, such as the OCI-R. Participants will receive copies of all materials and have time to ask questions.

About the Speakers

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Associate Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She coordinates research projects at the CMHD and provides research and clinical training to students. She completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA. She received her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed her clinical internship at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital Site. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Louisville, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where she conducted research on anxiety disorders cross-culturally. She received specialized training in the treatment of OCD, PTSD, and related conditions under Dr. Edna Foa.

Dr. Williams has published multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and 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, and the OC Foundation of California. She is currently on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and 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.

Darlene M. Davis, M.A., is a therapist and Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Louisville. She has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders using empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral techniques, including exposure and ritual prevention (Ex/RP), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy developed by experts specifically for the treatment of OCD. She completed a specialized training program in the treatment of pediatric OCD at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she completed her undergraduate degree at Kentucky State University and her Masters degree at the University of Kentucky. Darlene is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has several years of clinical experience working with severe mental disorders in diverse populations.

Darlene M. Davis is also a research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Disparities in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, where her work is funded by a University Ethnic Minority Fellowship Award. Under the mentorship of Dr. Monnica Williams, she studies OCD and related disorders in youth, young adults and African Americans and has published works on culture and OCD and the validity of OCD assessment tools. Darlene has been active in community advocacy efforts for persons with mental illness and disabilities. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Lecture Details

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10 am

Location: Center for Mental Health Disparities, Davidson Hall, 3rd Floor


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