Monnica Williams, PhD, ABPP
Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences & Psychiatry, University of Connecticut
Clinical Director, Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC
Dr. Monnica T. Williams is a board-certified clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She is also the clinical director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she supervises a team of clinicians and doctoral students treating anxiety-related conditions.
Dr. Williams completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia, where she conducted research in the areas of major mental illness, tests and measurement, and ethnic differences. She completed her clinical internship at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital Site.
Dr. Williams’ research focuses on psychopathology, African American mental health, culture, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma. Current projects include the assessment of race-based trauma, cultural differences in OCD, improving cultural competence in the delivery of mental health care services, and interventions to reduce racism. She is also the principal investigator of the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant PTSD at the University of Connecticut Health Center site.
Dr. Williams has published over 100 scientific articles on these topics. She also gives diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, conferences, and organizations.
Dr. Williams is the recipient of a 2015 American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant, entitled Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony. She is also the African American SIG leader for Assn of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and she is currently an associate editor of The Behavior Therapist and New Ideas in Psychology. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the International OCD Foundation, and has served on the Board of Directors of NAMI Louisville and Philadelphia. Her work has been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR, PBS, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.