Psychology

    Ashley Kies, PhD LPA NCSP

    I am a North Carolina licensed psychological associate (LPA) and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). 

    Previously, I worked as a school psychologist with Cleveland County Schools at two elementary schools and the county separate school.  I conducted psychoeducational evaluations and worked closely with teachers and school-based teams to develop behavioral and educational interventions for students with and without disabilities.  My doctoral training involved a variety of unique placements and experiences, including the Murdoch Developmental Center, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and TEACCH Autism Program (Fayetteville and Charlotte Centers), as well as several research studies.  I served as the project coordinator for a TraCS-funded repetitive motor behaviors sensor study, which focused on participants with autism spectrum disorder, under the direction of Drs. Rob Christian, Sonia Grego, and Anne Wheeler.  Our study has been submitted for publication to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  Stay tuned for more info!

    I am excited about the scope of my practice at Child and Family Development, which includes assessment and diagnostic services, group and individual therapy, community education, and parent training.  Therapy can focus on a variety of topics, such as building and improving coping skills, social skills, and executive functioning; increasing self-hygiene knowledge and skills; or even transitioning from school to work in adolescence.  It is my goal to utilize a child’s strengths in order to improve his or her weaknesses in therapy.

    I enjoy teaching and serve as an adjunct faculty member for the Winthrop University Psychology Department.  I am an active member of several psychology organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the North Carolina School Psychology Association (NCSPA), and the North Carolina Psychology Association (NCPA).  I am a co-chair of the NCSPA Legislative and Public Policy Committee and serve on the NCPA Scientific, Academic, and Student Affairs Committee (SASA).  Additionally, I am an Approved Provider for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to conduct evaluations for students suspected of having a traumatic brain injury.  I have also co-authored two book chapters in the soon-to-be released SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders.