Workshops & Lectures

Assessing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Diverse Populations (3 CE's)

Workshop by Monnica Williams, Ph.D., with Ghazel Tellawi and Broderick Sawyer

This training course for mental health professionals will teach you how to identify and assess obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), with a special emphasis on culture-specific manifestations of the disorder. This workshop review the nature of obsessions and compulsions, the major symptom dimensions and related research, and differential diagnosis. We will cover diagnosis of OCD using structured interviews, 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, and problematic aspects of their psychometric properties in ethnic minority samples.

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.

Lecture Details


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


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