Monnica Williams, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences (Affiliate)


Research Overview

(1) My research program is focused on mental health disparities, specifically the mental health of ethnic and racial minorities, barriers to treatment, and psychopathology, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and PTSD. (2) Projects I am planning include development and validation of a clinical interview to assess race-based stress and trauma in minorities, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant PTSD, a family study of OCD in multiethnic youth, and interventions to reduce racial bias among clinicians. (3) Past projects I have completed (all at other universities) include a comprehensive study of African Americans with OCD, investigations of CBT treatments for mental disorders, and psychometric validation studies to ensure accurate assessment of mental disorders. (4) I am new to UConn and looking forward to forging collaborations with other InCHIP researchers.

Education

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2003-2007
Ph.D.: Department of Psychology, Clinical Area.
Dissertation: Racial differences in the assessment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2000-2002
M.A.: Department of Psychology, Clinical Area
Master’s Thesis: Ethnic identification biases responses to the Padua Inventory for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1997-2000
Post-baccalaureate work in Psychology coursework and research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1987-1992
S.B.: Major: Electrical Engineering / Biomedical Technology, Minor: Writing
Thesis: An investigation of accelerometric nasality measurements for cochlear implant patients.

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Emailmonnica.williams@uconn.edu
Phone502.608.7483
Mailing AddressDepartment of Psychological Sciences
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269-1020