Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Department Overview

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the UNLV School of Medicine encompasses hospital and clinic based mental health services and educational programs in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Couple and Family Therapy. The Department consists of more than 10 full-time faculty plus over 30 community faculty associated with the many public and private facilities in Las Vegas where we have collaborations. Patient care services take place at Mojave Counseling, University Medical Center and in collaboration with other public mental health agencies. The UNLV Mojave Counseling clinic has been serving clients with mental illness in Las Vegas for the past 25 years. The success of our various programs can been seen across Southern Nevada with our graduates working in numerous private and public hospitals and clinics.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health to provide a setting to train medical students, psychiatry residents and fellows and provide high quality care to Southern Nevada.

The program seeks applicants who have the capacity to sit with patients experiencing physical and emotional pain, realizing that listening is a powerful healing factor. We are interested in individuals who are psychologically minded and interested in their own personal growth.

UNLV School of Medicine

Welcome from the Department Chair

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and the UNLV School of Medicine excels in enhancing behavioral health in Nevada through education, community involvement, leadership, clinical service, and research collaboration. It is my pleasure to work with the faculty that dedicates themselves to this mission. UNLV School of Medicine is the home to both a Psychiatry Residency Program and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Graduates from our program have been successful in pursuing fellowships or establishing practice in a variety of settings in Southern Nevada. Our educational programs have graduated residents that have successfully matched in sub-specialty areas of Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The atmosphere at UNLV School of Medicine is one of excitement as it continues to grow and expand its educational, clinical and research programs.

Sincerely,

Alison Netski, M.D.
Chair-Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Program Highlights

  • Fully accredited university program with balanced training in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology
  • Wide variety of patients of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with a wide variety of psychiatric illness
  • Time designated weekly for lectures, seminars, case conferences, ground rounds, journal clubs and resident support groups.
  • Individual and group supervision on patient management
  • Increased responsibility throughout program
  • As of July 1, 2017 the program has 28 residency spots, and will add four additional ones each year over the next four years for a total of 40 in 2020.
  • Multiple training sites in public and private sectors with reasonable on-call schedules
  • Personal and professional development encouraged through entire residency
  • Excellent work and home-life balance, supportive colleagues and faculty, and group activities
  • Spectacular high desert and mountain environment

GME: Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Residency Program

Faculty

UNLV Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Faculty

Child and Adolescent Faculty

  • Lisa Durette, MD
  • Robert Durette, Ph.D
  • Michael Tanner, MD

Adjunct Faculty, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • David Brownstein, Psy.D
  • La Tricia Coffey, MD
  • Jennifer Karmely, Ph.D
  • Sapandeep Khurana, MD
  • Joe Kithas, MD
  • Michelle Lisoskie, MD
  • Nathan Rudig, MA
  • Patrick Scott, Ph.D., LCSW
  • Cortney Warren, Ph.D

Training Sites

University Medical Center

University Medical Center (UMC) is Southern Nevada’s major acute care, not-for-profit teaching hospital providing inpatient and outpatient health care services. The Medical Center is licensed for 508 beds.

The hospital serves as the state’s major clinical campus, training doctors who someday will staff hospitals and clinics throughout the state. Because of its alliance with the School of Medicine and other affiliated university programs, UMC is recognized as providing the most extensive and complete teaching programs for physicians and nurses in Southern Nevada. Residents spend two months in Neurology, three months in Internal Medicine, and one month in Emergency Medicine in PGY-1. In PGY-2, they spend four months on consult/liaison psychiatry.

In PGY-4, seniors take on an administrative rotation for the consult-liaison service, supervising PGY-2 residents, School of Medicine medical students, as well as visiting residents and medical students on elective rotations.

Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services

Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Service (SNAMHS) provides outpatient and inpatient psychiatric care. The outpatient medication clinic facilities are located throughout Las Vegas and focus on providing mental health services to uninsured Nevada residents. Services include clinic visits for psychiatric assessments, follow up visits, medication management, depot shots, and psychotherapy. As a PGY-3 and PGY-4, you will spend 1-2 days per week at an assigned site providing continuity of care to your patient load.

The SNAMHS inpatient Rawson Neal Hospital is a 190-bed facility, providing acute short term and long term psychiatric inpatient treatment for adults with serious mental disorders for uninsured Nevada residents. Psychiatric emergency services at Rawson Neal are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a 30-beds Psychiatric Emergency Observation Unit for people who may require extended evaluation.

Other available programs: Psychosocial Rehabilitation - provides outpatient assistance to obtain and maintain quality of life through employment and consumer advocacy; Case Management – case managers support individuals in managing symptoms of their mental disorder as well as linking and referring them to appropriate community resources; Residential Programs – provide a range of community housing and assisted living options for individuals with serious mental disorder; C.A.U.S.E. – Consumers Against Unfair Stigma Through Education, a non-profit consumer run organization providing support and advocacy for people with mental disorders.

PGY-1 residents receive six months of training in Inpatient Adult Psychiatry. PGY-2 residents will receive two months training in the Psychiatric Emergency Unit. PGY-3 residents spend two days per week in the outpatient clinic setting. PGY-4 residents can elect to incorporate SNAMHS outpatient clinical experience for continuity of care. PGY-4’s also have the option of structuring elective time with the PACT Team to provide assertive community mental health care.

V.A. Southern Nevada Healthcare System

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHCS) Mental Health Service Line/Psychiatry Service consists of the following program components: Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic Services, Social Work, Psychology/Counseling, Neuropsychological testing, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program (ADTP), PTSD Program, a 14-bed Inpatient Voluntary Psychiatry Unit at The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital, Community Based Outreach Clinic for Homeless Veterans, and the Chaplain Service. A new North Las Vegas VA Medical Center opened in August 2012 further expanded available mental health services to veterans. Services provided by the above programs include but are not limited to: diagnostic services, treatments, consultations, rehabilitation, referrals, and other dispositions. There is an adequate number of qualified staff, appropriate facilities and equipment to enable eligible veterans to receive the necessary and appropriate level of care. 5% of the patient population is WWII cohort, 5% from the Korean War, 5% post-Korean, 15% from Vietnam, 20% Vietnam Era, 30% post-Vietnam, 10% first Gulf War, 5% post-Gulf War (first), and 5% Iraq/Afghanistan. Female veterans comprise 7% of the patient population enrolled in Mental Health Programs.

Residents spend three months on Inpatient Adult Psychiatry during PGY-2 and two days per week during PGY-3 in assigned outpatient clinics. PGY-4 electives are available in inpatient, outpatient clinical settings, telepsychiatry, administrative duties, and research.

Seven Hills Hospital

Seven Hills Hospital is an active private hospital within the Las Vega area which provides care to a large number of patients.  It has multiple subspecialty programs housed at the facility in addition to a new outpatient care center.  Residents spend time in the PGY2 year at this facility rotating on a substance abuse treatment unit.

Desert Willow Hospital

Desert Willow Hospital is the state facility for child and adolescent psychiatry.  Residents are paired with fellows on the inpatient service focused on the evaluation and care of child and adolescent patients. Additionally, a residential level of care is available onsite.

Training Locations for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Fellows of the UNLV CAP Fellowship rotate through both the acute and residential treatment center units of our state hospital for psychiatrically ill youth, Desert Willow Treatment Center, serve youth in our county hospital ER and inpatient units at University Medical Center, through our consult liaison service, have extensive training in outpatient clinical services within a multidisciplinary ambulatory clinic at Healthy Minds, and also train at our university’s multi-specialty clinic for youth with neurodevelopment disorders, the Ackerman Center for Autism.