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dr. kelly montiel


(404) 308-1449

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Science degree in School Psychology from Duquesne University, I worked for several years as a school psychologist. I decided to go back to school, and received my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2005. Having been introduced to warmth, I abandoned the Snowbelt and settled in Atlanta, where I live with my husband and three children. My practice focuses on children, adolescents, and college-aged students who are suspected of having learning and/or attention difficulties. My doctoral training taught me the importance of sound science and research, and I am committed to keeping up with current studies in my field in order to select the best assessments and make the most effective recommendations possible. Training and experience, however, are not substitutes for the lessons that parenting teaches us. Like many parents of children with learning challenges, when my son was diagnosed, I needed to let go of the fantasy that he would love school as much as I did. That was not an easy lesson to learn, and I still struggle with it at times. I catch myself wishing that after finishing his homework he would become engrossed in one of the classics, rather than a video game. As parents, we can’t help but worry about how to teach our children all the important things they will need to know as adults. At the same time, they teach us that the road most traveled is not always the best one. They remind us what the anxiety of being a parent sometimes makes us forget, that the reality of who they are is much better than the fantasy.