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Friday, July 29 • 9:15am - 10:45am
OCD and Minority Status: Therapeutic Considerations

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In general, OCD symptoms are thought to present across common themes. However, ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities with OCD are underrepresented in research, and thus little is known about how minority status may influence symptom manifestation and treatment issues.  This panel will cover issues related to cross-cultural presentations of OCD symptoms, including manifestations of OCD in ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities. Differences in symptom presentation will be covered, as core OCD fears can be embedded within ethnic, racial, and sexual minority concerns. Discussion will cover lack of minority inclusion in randomized controlled trials for OCD. Barriers to treatment will be discussed, including negative opinions about mental health in many minority populations. Furthermore, the presentation will provide suggestions for treatment of OCD in these various minority groups. Clinicians will highlight these unique presentations through the use of case examples.

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Darlene Davis, MA

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville
Darlene M. Davis, M.A., is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Psychological & Brain Sciences Department at the University of Louisville. Her clinical experience includes providing intensive individual outpatient therapy to adolescents and young adults with OCD. Her research interests include academic functioning in young adults with OCD, the exploration of phenomenological factors specific to youth and young adults with... Read More →
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Chris Leins

Chris Leins is a clinical counselor with the Louisville OCD Clinic, where he was trained in the treatment of OCD by Monnica Williams, Ph.D. and specializes in treating religious scrupulosity within the OCD population. Chris was raised in the Church, being the son of a pastor and church-planter. Chris attended Bible-college, earning a BA in pastoral counseling, and earned an MA in clinical counseling from Eastern University in St... Read More →

Ghazel Tellawi, MA

Ghazel Tellawi, M. A. is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Louisville, and research cross-cultural differences in OCD at the Center for Mental Health Disparities under Dr. Monnica Williams. Ms. Tellawi has contributed to several book chapters and journal articles on OCD and cross-cultural differences, as well as culturally sensitive adaptations to the treatment of OCD in minority... Read More →
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Jenifer Viscusi, MA

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant, Spalding University
Ms. Viscusi is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is also a visiting research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville. She is currently receiving clinical training in the treatment of OCD and OC-related disorders. Ms. Viscusi's research interests include: obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, sexual health and functioning... Read More →
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Monnica Williams, PhD

Director, Center for Mental Health Disparities & Associate Professor, University of Louisville
Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisville. She completed undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams has authored over sixty scholarly publications, focused primarily on OCD and cultural issues. Dr. Williams provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for adults... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

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