Karen N. Luley, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Dr. Luley (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Child Psychologist who specializes in psychological evaluations and has a true passion for working with children and adolescents.  Every child and family is different, so she utilizes a very individualized approach to testing and treatment that is uniquely tailored to each child.  She enjoys spending time with parents and their child to gain a thorough understanding of the child’s functioning as well as their home and school environments, as a child’s environment plays a large role in shaping who they are and why they function the way they do.  What makes her work more unique than other typical evaluations is that she will dive deep into the “why” of your child’s emotions or behaviors as opposed to just focusing on giving you a diagnosis.  She believes you have to have a strong understanding of why a child feels or behaves a certain way in order to know the best way to help them with their challenges. The “why” helps Dr. Luley make the best recommendations for treatment so that you can feel confident that you are moving in the right direction when you leave her office.

Dr. Luley believes in treating each family with the utmost respect.  Parents are the true “experts” on their children, and Dr. Luley will approach the testing process as a collaborative endeavor working together with you to fully understand your concerns about your child’s current struggles.  As a parent herself, Dr. Luley understands and empathizes with the inherent difficulties in being a parent and wanting to find the best ways to help each very unique child.  She enjoys working with parents to create a recommendation plan that is tailored to each child and that fits with the parents’ beliefs and comfort level.  She will be honest in her professional opinions and recommendations, but will never “push” a particular intervention.  Her recommendations are based on best practices and the most up-to-date research, but in psychology, there is rarely *one way* to approach a treatment.  If, for example, you are against the idea of medicating your child, she will work with you to create an intervention plan that does not involve medication. She wants you to feel completely comfortable, confident, and empowered in taking the next steps to help your child thrive!

Dr. Luley earned her Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her education and training were focused on child and adolescent development that included comprehensive assessment and therapy skills.  She has experience in various settings such as a therapeutic preschool, community clinic, children’s advocacy center for abused children, residential children’s home for adolescents in the foster care system, as well as private practice.  She has also been trained in a number of evidenced-based approaches including play therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Luley is licensed to practice psychology in the states of North Carolina and Texas, and she is also certified as a Health Services Provider Psychologist (HSP-P) in North Carolina.

When Dr. Luley is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is an avid reader, an animal-lover, a football and basketball fan, and she also enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and volunteering.



  • Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology, Baylor University
  • Ph.D. in Neurobiology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Baylor University
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist – North Carolina Psychology Board
  • Health Services Provider Psychologist (HSP-P) – North Carolina Psychology Board
  • Licensed Psychologist – Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • North Carolina Psychological Association
  • Capital Area Psychological Association


  • Neurobehavioral Institute of Austin (Austin, TX)
  • Tulsa Center for Child Psychology (Tulsa, OK)
  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (Dallas, TX)
  • Methodist Children’s Home (Waco, TX)
  • Talitha Koum Institute  – Therapeutic Preschool (Waco, TX)
  • Baylor University Community Clinic (Waco, TX)

Contact Triangle Child Psychology today if you have any questions about how Dr. Luley can help you and your family, would like more information about services, or would like to schedule an appointment.