Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa in the School of Psychology, where she is the Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities. Prior to joining the faculty at uOttawa, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville, and faculty at the University of Connecticut. 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 published over 100 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, focused on anxiety-related 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, NAMI Louisville, and the OC Foundation of California. She is currently a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Scientific Advisory Board, the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the American Psychological Association (APA), the board of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), where she served as the Special Interest Group (SIG) leader for African Americans in Behavioral Therapy. She is an associate editor of the Behavior Therapist and New Ideas in Psychology and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. She has been awarded federal and foundation grants to conduct psychological research.
She served as principal investigator on a multi-site trial for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She also consults with organizations to address diversity issues and improve cultural competence.
How I work with clients
Dr. Williams is the clinical director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Tolland, CT, which serves adults and families with OCD, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. She supervises licensed clinicians and clinical trainees and regularly provides trainings for other mental health providers.
Dr. Williams administers expert psychological treatment for several mental health conditions, including a specialized treatment for OCD, called Exposure and Ritual Prevention (EX/RP). EX/RP is a very effective type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that reduces unwanted obsessions through a process of changing thoughts and behaviors. Most people start to see improvements during the first month of treatment. For those coming from a distance, intensive treatment is an option. Dr. Williams also offers comprehensive evaluations for psychological disorders, treatment for health anxiety, phobias, trauma, and body dysmorphic disorder. She is a leading expert in race-based stress and trauma. She also provides therapy for people seeking to improve the quality of their relationships using Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). She is licensed in the US and Canada, and also holds an Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate.