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Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Louisville OCD Clinic in Louisville, KY. Dr. Williams is also the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. Dr. Williams is licensed as a psychologist in two states and is credentialed in Kentucky as a Health Service Provider. She treats adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding disorder, perfectionism, and phobias, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), using empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral techniques. She specializes in the treatment of OCD for people with unwanted sexual obsessions, including (HOCD or SO-OCD).
Prior to her move to Louisville, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she trained under Dr. Edna Foa 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 major mental illness, psychometrics, and ethnic differences in contamination anxiety. She completed her clinical internship at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital Site.
Dr. Williams has published multiple book chapters and scientific articles. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Louisville, and has also served on the board of directors for the OC Foundation of California and NAMI Philadelphia Main Line chapter.
Dr. Williams provides training and supervision for therapists in the assessment and treatment of OCD, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and cultural competence. She also treats other medical professionals.
Dr. Williams lives in Louisville, KY, with her husband and three children.
Read some featured articles from Dr. Williams' blog on Psychology Today Culturally Speaking:
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Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C., Tellawi, G., & Duque, G. (2015). Domains of distress among people with sexual orientation obsessions. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 14 (3), 783-789. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0421-0
Williams, M. T., Farris, S. G., Turkheimer, E., Franklin, M. E., Simpson, H. B., Liebowitz, M., & Foa, E. B. (2014). The Impact of Symptom Dimensions on Outcomes for Exposure and Ritual Prevention Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28 (6), 553-558.
Williams, M. T., Slimcowitz, J., Tellawi, G., & Wetterneck, C. (2014). Sexual Orientation Symptoms in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Assessment and Treatment with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Directions in Psychiatry, 34(1), 37-50.
Williams, M. T., Mugno, B., Franklin, M. E., & Faber, S. (2013). Symptom Dimensions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Phenomenology and Treatment with Exposure and Ritual Prevention. Psychopathology: International Journal of Descriptive and Experimental Psychopathology, Phenomenology and Psychiatric Diagnosis, 46, 365-376. doi: 10.1159/000348582
Gillihan, S., Williams, M., Malcoun, E., Yadin, E., & Foa, E. (2012). Common Pitfalls in Exposure and Ritual Prevention (Ex/RP) for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders, 1(4), 251-257. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2012.05.002
Williams, M., Powers, M., & Foa, E. (2012). Psychological Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Chapter 16. In Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology, Vol. 2, P. Sturmey & M. Hersen, eds. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN-10: 0470335440.
Williams, M. T., & Farris, S.G. (2011). Sexual Orientation Obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Prevalence and Correlates. Psychiatry Research, 187, 156-159.