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
  • COMLEX/USMLE transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from the  applicant’s current program director

All documents must be received and reviewed before an interview is scheduled.

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

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation — except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or employment qualifications or where marital or veteran status are statutorily defined eligibility criteria for federal or state benefit programs.

Training Sites

Fellows of the UNLV CAP Fellowship rotate through both the acute and residential treatment center units:

  • Desert Willow Treatment Center
    Our state hospital for psychiatrically ill youth.
  • University Medical Center
    Serve youth in our county hospital ER and inpatient units.
  • Healthy Minds
    Our consult-liaison service, receive extensive training in outpatient clinical services within a multidisciplinary ambulatory clinic.
  • Ackerman Center for Autism
    Train at our university's multi-specialty clinic for youth with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • UNLV Medicine Mojave Counseling
    While rotating at Mojave, fellows treat children and adolescents with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses. In addition, our child and adolescent psychiatry fellows care for adolescents and transitional-age youth enrolled under the First Episode Psychosis Grant Program, based upon the NAVIGATE model.
  • Nevada Mental Health
    Fellows function as part of the clinical team with Nevada Mental Health, caring for children and adolescents within the community who have a variety of psychiatric illnesses. Fellows also have the opportunity to rotate through facilities Nevada Mental Health serves, including youth parole, an intensive outpatient program, and residential treatment programs.
  • Department of Child and Family Services
    The Department of Child and Family Services' rotation involves the fellow joining the Nevada Pediatric Psychiatry Program team. The department was awarded a $2 million grant to begin a child psychiatry consultative service, a goal of which is to increase access to child and adolescent psychiatric care through both provider-to-provider consultation and direct care to families via telemedicine.

Fellows 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

Fellowship Year One (FEL-1)

Colin Freedman, M.D.

General Psychiatry Residency: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Colin Freedman

Chau Pham, D.O.

General Psychiatry Residency: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chau Pham

Fellowship Year Two (FEL-2)

Tyler Hill, D.O

General Psychiatry Residency: John Peter Smith Hospital

Tyler Hill, D.O

Syed (Ed) Quadri, M.D.

General Psychiatry Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Syed (Ed) Quadri, M.D.

Fellowship Year Three (FEL-3)

No fellows found. Please check back soon.

Meet Our Faculty

Lisa Durette, M.D.

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, M.D.

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...

Amy Ellwood

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Amy Ellwood, MSW, LCSW, BCD is Professor Emerita of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at the UNLV School of Medicine. She was Director of Behavioral Science for the Family Medicine Residency Program and the AAMC Women’s Liaison Officer for UNSOM in Las Vegas for 25 years until she retired in 2015. She received her Bachelor...

Olayinka Harding, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Olayinka Harding
Dr. Harding is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Las Vegas. She currently works as the Medical Director of Desert Willow Treatment Center and Children's services for Southern Nevada and is one of the attendings in the residential unit. She has worked in many settings including acute inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment centers. She enjoys working with a variety of...

Timothy Jeider, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Timothy Jeider
Timothy Jeider, M.D. is a double-boarded psychiatrist with specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Jeider graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and then went on to General Psychiatry Residency at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From there, he relocated to Las Vegas, where he completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry...

Sid Khurana, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Sid Khurana
Dr. Khurana, M.D., FAPA is Double Board Certified in Adult, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He did his Residency and Fellowship training from the University of Virginia ( UVA), where he served as the Chief Fellow. He is currently associated with the UNLV School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and is...

Kevin Reyes, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor.

Kevin Reyes
Dr. Reyes completed his Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UNLV School of Medicine. He continues to be involved in the program by providing supervision to residents and fellows. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, food, video games, and house music.

Robert Durette, Ph.D.

Doctorate, Experimental Psychology: University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Michelle Lisoskie, M.D.

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

Michelle Lisoskie
Michelle Lisoskie, M.D. obtained a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, and an M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia. She completed PGY-1 and PGY-2 in Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital (Cornell) in Manhasset, NY, then transferred into the "triple board" residency at Mount Sinai Medical...