Kay Knowlton, PhD, LPC, was born in Alabama and grew up in Jasper where she was graduated from Walker County High School in 1961. Beginning as a student at Birmingham-Southern College where she earned an AB degree in English in 1965, she worked with adolescents in youth ministry for The United Methodist Church for 15 years.

Kay's counseling career began in 1977 with a Master's Degree in Counseling from UAB and 11 years at Planned Parenthood as Director of Counseling. She began seeing private clients as well and was among the first group of Professional Counselors to be licensed in Alabama. After earning a PhD in Counseling from The University of Alabama in 1984, Kay taught the counseling practicum course in the School of Education graduate program at UAB for 10 years. She is certified as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Clinical Supervisor, and a Sex Therapist. She is a National Board Certified Counselor as well.

Kay's work with the UAB Center for Palliative Care began in 2005 as the Palliative and Comfort Care Unit opened at University Hospital. Her role as Palliative Care Counselor includes working with the Interdisciplinary Team to provide counseling/psychology service to patients, patient families, and staff in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She also teams with clinical psychologist Dr. Diane Tucker to supervise doctoral students in counseling and psychology as they work in both settings.

Kay lives in Birmingham, enjoys traveling, movies, reading mysteries, and her volunteer time with older adults in her church.

Professional Memberships

American (and Alabama) Counseling Association
American (and Alabama) Mental Health Counselors Association
American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
Friends of Jung--South