Kellie L. Murphy, Ph.D.

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) Medical School.  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 provides psychoeducational evaluations for attention deficit disorders, learning and cognitive processing problems, anxiety, depression, and other emotional and behavioral disorders.  She also has a specialty in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2).  She offers developmental assessments for individuals with premature birth, medical complications, or genetic syndromes.  She tests individuals who are nonverbal or have language delays as well as those who are verbally fluent and gifted. 


Dr. Murphy is in the office part-time, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Preferred method of contact is email at  

Dr. Murphy has written an informational page on the Autism Spectrum Disorders. Read it by going to our services page or clicking here.

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