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My Training and Education

I earned my PhD in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During the course of my training, I completed an APA approved pre-doctoral internship in comprehensive mental health care and an APA-approved postdoctoral fellowship in substance use at the VA hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. I also served as a research fellow for the National Institute on Aging for 6 years. Prior to bringing my work to the community, I provided mental health care to veterans struggling with serious mental illness (SMI) as a staff psychologist with the VA Maryland Healthcare System. 

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August 2021

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

PhD, Human Services Psychology 


Concentration: Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine


Dissertation Topic: Examining the relationship between intimate partner violence perpetration and cognitive function among a community sample of urban-dwelling adults     

May 2013


Middle Tennessee State University 

MA, Clinical Psychology      

Concentration: Clinical Neuropsychology

Master's Thesis Topic: Functions of nonsuicidal self-injury- Comparing those with and without a history of physical intimate partner violence

December 2010

University of North Alabama

BA, Psychology and Sociology 

Minor: Women's Studies 


Miles-McLean, H. A., LaMotte, A. D., Williams, M. R., & Murphy, C. M.(2021). Trauma exposure and PTSD among women receiving

treatment for intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(13-14), NP6083-NP6826. doi:10.1177/0886260518820634

Liebel, D. K., Williams, M. R., Katzel, L. I., Evans, M. K., Zonderman, A. B., & Waldstein, S. (2020). Relations of Executive Function and

Physical Performance in Middle Adulthood: A Prospective Investigation in African American and White Adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social sciences. Advance online publication.


Williams, M. R., Murphy, C. M., Dore, G. A., Evans, M. K., & Zonderman, A. B. (2017). The association between intimate partner violence

victimization and cognitive function in a mixed-sex epidemiological sample of urban adults. Violence and Victims, 32, 1133-1148.


Akerele, F.A., Williams, M.R., & Murphy, C.M. (2017). Are men with a history of head injury less responsive to cognitive behavioral therapy

for intimate partner violence? Violence and Victims, 32, 493-505.


Beydoun, H. A., Williams, M. R., Zonderman, A. B., Beydoun, M. A., & Eid, S. M. (2016). Clustering of Intimate Partner Violence and

Mental Health Diagnoses in the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2012. Journal of Women’s Health. 


Shaked, D., Williams, M., Evans, M.K., & Zonderman, A. B. (2016). Indicators of subjective social status: Differential associations across race

and sex. SSM – Population Health, 2, 700-707.


Foster, P. S., Campbell, R. W., Williams, M. R., Branch, K. K., Roosa, K. M., Orman, C., & Drago, V. (2014). Administration of exogenous

melatonin increases spreading activation in lexical memory networks. Human Psychopharmacology, 29, 397-404. doi: 10.1002/hup.2416


Foster, P. S., Roosa, K. M., Williams, M. R., Witt, J. C., Heilman, K. M., & Drago, V. (2013). Immunological functioning in Alzheimer’s

disease: Differential effects of relative left versus right temporoparietal dysfunction. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 263, 128-132. doi: 10.1016/j.jneuroim.2013.07.011

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