Monnica Williams, Ph.D., ABPP


Clinic Founder

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is the former Director and founder of the Louisville OCD Clinic and the Behavioral Wellness Clinics in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Dr. Williams is also the Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Williams is licensed as a psychologist in three states and currently directs the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Connecticut. 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), and has a book on this topic forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Prior to her move from 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, and has also served on the board of directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Louisville, 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.

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Selected OCD Publications

Bruce, S. L., Ching, T., & Williams, M. T. (in press). Pedophilic obsessions in obsessive compulsive disorder: Assessment and treatment with exposure and ritual prevention. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1031-4

Williams, M. T., Taylor, R., Chatters, L. M., & Himle, J. (2017). Demographic and health-related correlates of obsessive-compulsive symptoms among African Americans. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 14, 119-126. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2017.07.001

Singh, R., Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T., & Knott, L. E. (2016). The role of shame and symptom severity on quality of life in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 11, 49-55.

Tellawi, G., Williams, M. T., & Chasson, G. (2016). Interpersonal hostility and suspicious thinking in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 243, 295-302. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.06.038

Williams, M. T., & Viscusi, J. A. (2016). Hoarding disorder and a systematic review of treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45(2), 93-110. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2015.1133697

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., Turkheimer, E., Pinto, A., Ozanick, K., Franklin, M. E., Simpson, H. B., Liebowitz, M., & Foa, E. B. (2011). Myth of the Pure Obsessional Type in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Depression & Anxiety, 28, 6, 495-500.

Williams, M. T., & Farris, S.G. (2011). Sexual Orientation Obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Prevalence and Correlates. Psychiatry Research, 187, 156-159.

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