Karen Traylor-Adolph, Ph.D.
Karen “Dr. Kay” Traylor-Adolph works full-time with children aged 17 and younger by providing psychotherapy and conducting psychological evaluations. Dr. Kay is a “Jersey Girl” from Newark, New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies at Duke University. Prior to post-graduate studies and with a heart for community, she engaged in inner-city, drug and violence prevention research at Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine.
However, her first love of counseling drew Dr. Kay to the Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University. There she completed master’s-level training at Clayton Center Child & Adolescent Services in Riverdale, along with Teens at Work in East Point. Since 2000, Dr. Kay’s professional experiences include community mental health; Hurricanes Katrina and Rita crisis counseling; and general psychological and educational assessments.
Dr. Kay’s strengths-based doctoral research on “grandfamilies” entrenched her within the community of grandparents and other loved ones raising children. This involved co-leading a grandfamilies support group and coordinating the statewide Missouri GRANDFamily Coalition. Dr. Kay completed an APA-accredited Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in her hometown of Newark.
There she gained invaluable experience in pediatric intensive outpatient and psychiatric emergency room services. She also completed a year-long elective at New Jersey Training School, the state’s largest juvenile justice facility for detained boys. Dr. Kay went on to complete the APA-accredited Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Multicultural Psychology and Education at University of Missouri. She is licensed as a Psychologist and Professional Counselor (LPC) in both Missouri and Georgia. She also is a National Certified Counselor (NCC).