Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The UNLV School of Medicine offers Southern Nevada’s only two year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Welcome from the Program Director

The UNLV School of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship was created to combat the severe shortage of child psychiatrists in Southern Nevada. Our community-based training program focuses on training fellows to become skilled in working within community systems of care, both locally and with the skills to apply their knowledge nationally.

Numerous national studies show that 16-20% of the population of children and adolescents has some mental health disturbance and 4-7% has a significant functional impairment. There are approximately 8,300 practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists in the United States and over 15 million children and adolescents who are in need of the special expertise of a child and adolescent psychiatrist. The field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is enormously rewarding.  In this field of medicine, you will have the opportunity to be part of early intervention and treatment of children, work closely with families, and witness children succeed. This field of medicine has become my passion and I am proud of the work that is done in our program to better the lives of children and adolescents.

Sincerely,

Lisa Durette, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director

Contact

Please contact us about questions you may have regarding your application to the program and interview.

Email:
CAP.Fellowship@Medicine.UNLV.edu

Program Highlights

  • Advanced training in the full spectrum of child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Specialized training in the diagnosis and management of youth with psychiatric illness in a wide variety of clinical settings.
  • Development of research skills to include training in academic skills such as abstract and manuscript preparation, and development of research ideas and research protocols.
  • A diverse faculty with expertise in all areas of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Protected time for didactic conferences encompassing child and adolescent psychopathology, pharmacology, psychotherapy, research skills, and an in-depth understanding of allied resources for youth and families with psychiatric illness.
  • Excellent work and home-life balance and supportive colleagues and faculty.

Mission

Provide a comprehensive educational experience that facilitates the trainee’s development into independent child and adolescent psychiatrists imbued with the highest quality standards, ability to abide by the ethical principles of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and become community leaders who will advance the care and advocacy for youth in our local community.

Program Aim

Numerous national studies and Presidential Commissions have substantiated the magnitude of emotional, behavioral and developmental disorders in the nation's children and adolescents. Consistently, 16-20% of the population of children and adolescents has some disturbance and 4-7% has a significant functional impairment. There are approximately 8,300 practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists in the US and over 15 million children and adolescents who are in need of the special expertise of a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Given the critical shortages, AACAP aims to increase the child and adolescent psychiatry workforce. Clark County, Nevada falls into the category of Severe Shortage of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAPs).  The UNLV School of Medicine CAP Fellowship was created expressly to combat our local severe shortage.  Our community-based training program focuses on training fellows to become skilled in working within community systems of care, both locally and with the skills to apply their knowledge nationally.

Application Process

Applications to our program are conducted electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N. Street, N.D., Washington, D.C. 20037, Fax: (202) 828-1125.

Our ERAS application requires the following:

  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph
  • USMLE Transcript
  • ECFMG Status Report (if applicable)
  • Four letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from the current program director

All documents must be received and reviewed before an interview is scheduled. Interviews occur during the months of October and December.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program Fellowship Match and conform to their application deadlines.

The State of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Qualified persons are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, political affiliation or disability as outlined in the State Affirmative Action plan.

Training Sites

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, University Medical Center, through our consult-liaison service, have extensive training in outpatient clinical services within a multidisciplinary ambulatory clinic, Healthy Minds, and train at our university's multi specialty clinic for youth with neurodevelopment disorders, the Ackerman Center for Autism. Fellow have protected time for both traditional 'classroom' didactics as well as protected time for scholarly projects.  In addition, fellows fulfill the role of 'residents as teachers' and have opportunities to teach both medical students and general psychiatry residents. During the training program, fellows receive supervision from attendings at the clinical rotation sites as well as in the community.  Our fellows take active roles in medical school committees and are encouraged to engage in medical staff committees within their rotation sites.  Fellows and faculty from our program have presented research posters at both local meetings and the annual AACAP meeting.  In addition, faculty and fellows have presented symposia at the annual AACAP meeting.

Meet Our Fellows

Kevin Reyes, D.O.

General Psychiatry Residency – University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas
Medical School – Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Kevin Reyes

Meet Our Faculty

Lisa Durette, MD

Program Director

Lisa Durette
Dr. Durette, graduated the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed both general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is board-certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr Durette has been awarded Distinguished...

Michelle A Fontenelle-Gilmer, MD, MHS

Assistant Program Director

Michelle A Fontenelle-Gilmer
Dr. Fontenelle-Gilmer has an impressive academic and professional background. She received her educational training from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, and the University of Maryland. She is board certified in General Psychiatry, and the sub specialty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. For the past 15 years Dr. Fontenelle-Gilmer has practiced in a...

Rooman Ahad, M.D.

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency (Pediatrics): Lutheran General Hospital
Fellowship (Child Neurology): Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship (Clinical Fellow at the Center for Autism): Kennedy Krieger Institute

Rooman Ahad
Dr. Ahad is a board certified Child Neurologist. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Illinois and completed her pediatrics training at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Ahad's Child Neurology training was completed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and she went on to pursue a fellowship in autism and neurobehavioral disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD...

David Brownstein, Psy.D.

Doctorate, Clinical Psychology: Marywood University

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LaTricia Coffey, M.D.

Medical School: Wright State University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Florida, Shands Hospital
Fellowship (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry): University of Florida, Shands Hospital
Fellowship (Forensic Psychiatry): Emory University

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Robert Durette, Ph.D.

Doctorate, Experimental Psychology: University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Amy Ellwood, L.C.S.W.

Clinical Social Work: University of Michigan School of Social Work

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Olayinka Harding, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Galveston,
Master of Public Health: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship: Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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Jennifer Karmely, Ph.D.

Doctorate, Clinical Psychology: University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Sapandeep Khurana, M.D.

Medical School: Government Medical College, Marathwada University
Residency: University of Virginia Health Systems
Fellowship: University of Virginia Health Systems

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Joe Kithas, M.D.

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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Michelle Lisoskie, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

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Nathan Rudig, M.A​.

Master of Arts (Quantitative Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology): University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Patrick Scott, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Master of Social Work: California State University, Long Beach
Doctorate, Clinical Hypnotherapy: American Pacific University

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Cortney Warren, Ph.D.

Doctorate, Clinical Psychology: Texas A&M University, College Station

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