Kirsten Railey, PhD

770-953-4744 ext. 52
, Licensed Psychologist

I have extensive experience conducting assessments and providing therapy in medical centers, university clinics, and school systems with individuals from infancy through young adulthood. My goal with every comprehensive assessment is to deliver clear guidance related to clients’ strengths and challenges as well as to offer personalized treatment recommendations. I strongly believe in taking a collaborative and strengths-based approach to help my clients better understand themselves and access services. As a nationally certified school psychologist, I am knowledgeable about special education and experienced in reviewing school testing, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and 504 plans. Further, I value collaboration with treatment providers, school systems, and other professionals to ensure my clients receive comprehensive care.

In addition to specializing in comprehensive assessments, I provide therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. I also consult with families to address concerns such as school and learning challenges, tantrums, anger, and sleep problems. One of my specializations includes collaborating with parents to help their children develop social, communication, and play skills using the Project ImPACT curriculum. My approach to therapy is engaging and compassionate, and I am passionate about helping clients reach their full potential and empowering families. As an academic coach, I also assist individuals in developing better time management, planning, organization, and study skills to help increase their academic and personal success.

Who I work with

  • Young children (< 5 years old) and their parents
  • Children
  • Adolescents/Teens
  • Young Adults

Specialty Areas

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delays and Intellectual Disability
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parent coaching and consultation
  • Development of emotion regulation and social skills
  • Weaknesses in time management, organization, planning, and study skills
  • Educational consultation about special education, section 504 plans, and behavior intervention plans/functional behavioral assessments


  • Provider of the Year - Powers Ferry Psychological Associates (2023)
  • Autism Society of the Bluegrass Research Grant Award
  • Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship
  • Charles L. Brewer Award, most outstanding Psychology student at Furman University

Select Publications (formerly Scheil*)

  • Railey, K. S., Love, A. M. A., & Campbell, J. M. (2020). A scoping review of autism spectrum disorder and the criminal justice system. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 8, 118-144.
  • Railey, K. S., Bowers-Campbell, J., Love, A. M. A., & Campbell, J. (2020). An exploration of law enforcement officers’ training needs and interactions with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 101-117.
  • Mavropoulou, S., Railey, K. S., & Campbell, J. M. (2020). Peers as influential agents of the inclusion of learners with autism. In C. Boyle, S. Mavropoulou, J. Anderson, & A. Page (Eds.). Inclusive education: Global issues and controversies. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers.
  • Campbell, J. M., Steinbrenner, J., & Scheil, K. A.* (2018). The role of play in the social development of children with autism spectrum disorder. In L. Nabors & R. Hawkins (Eds.). Promoting prosocial behaviors in children through games and play: Making social emotional learning fun. Hauppauge, NY: NOVA Publishers.
  • Scheil, K. A.*, Bowers-Campbell, J., & Campbell, J. M. (2017). An initial investigation of the Kit for Kids peer educational program. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 29, 643-662.
  • Campbell, J. M., Hammond, R. K., & Scheil, K. A.* (2017). Autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. In M. Roberts & R. Steele (Eds.). Handbook of pediatric psychology (Fifth Edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.


  • Associate Director of the Police Autism Community Training (PACT) Organization
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and board-approved supervisor
  • Adjunct Instructor at Georgetown College, teaching graduate-level classes in childhood development, autism, and related disorders


  • APA Postdoctoral Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine, Marcus Autism Center
  • APA Internship, Emory University School of Medicine, Marcus Autism Center
  • PhD, School Psychology, University of Kentucky
  • MS, Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky
  • BS, Psychology, Furman University, summa cum laude

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