Kellie L. Murphy, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kellie Murphy is a licensed psychologist who works with infants, children, adolescents, young adults, and parents.  She was outstanding senior in psychology at Western Kentucky University.  She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Auburn University, with an additional specialty in child clinical psychology.  Her doctoral internship was done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine.  She has been at The Behavioral Institute of Atlanta since 1999. 

In therapy, Dr. Murphy teaches cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies (CBT) to children and adolescents, to help manage stress, worry, anger, and disappointment they sometimes feel.  She works with parents to manage difficult child and adolescent reactions including inflexibility, rigid/oppositional behavior, refusal, crying, arguing, yelling, high anxiety, and tantrums/meltdowns/outbursts.  These behaviors may interfere with daily activities such as morning routine, getting to school, meals, homework, chores, bedtime, trips out in public, and family activities.  She often works with multiple family members, including parents and siblings, to help with problem-solving and conflict resolution.

Dr. Murphy also has a special interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities and special needs parenting.  She has two school-aged children, a son with classic autism and severe language impairment and a daughter born with a Pierre Robin Sequence and complete cleft palate who is now recovered after surgeries and therapies.  Dr. Murphy has written about diagnosing autism.  

Due to the impact of COVID 19, Dr. Murphy is home with her children and seeing new and existing therapy clients via telehealth.  She is currently unable to provide psychological evaluations that require direct testing in the office but can do some remote testing on a case by case basis.  Preferred method of contact is email at