Monnica T. Williams is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Louisville, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia for four years. 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.
Dr. Williams has been awarded federal and local grants to conduct OCD research. She has published multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, focused on anxiety disorders and cultural differences.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 a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), where she serves as the Special Interest Group (SIG) leader for African Americans in Behavioral Therapy. She on on the editorial board of several scientific journals.
Dr. Williams is the clinical director of a busy mental health practice in Louisville, KY. Her clinical practice includes adults and families with OCD, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. She supervises clinical trainees and regularly provides trainings for other mental health providers.
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