Lisa Durette

Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Expertise: Pediatric Psychiatry, Behavioral Health, General Psychiatry, Addiction Treatment


Dr. Lisa Durette, an assistant professor with UNLV's Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, serves as the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Her research interests include trauma, particularly in foster care youth; child and teen mental health; and addiction treatment.

Durette is board-certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as in addiction medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She has been awarded Distinguished Fellow distinction by both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Psychiatric Association. She serves as the Nevada delegate to the AACAP assembly, and sits on the organization's Advocacy Committee and the Adoption and Foster Care Committee. An advocate of children’s mental health, Durette was appointed to the Governor’s Commission of Behavioral Health. She also serves on the State of Nevada’s Children’s System of Care Behavioral Health Subcommittee, where she co-chairs the Workforce Development subcommittee.

In addition to teaching psychiatry fellows and first-year medical students, Durette serves as the co-founder and medical director of Healthy Minds, a Southern Nevada outpatient treatment center that provides mental health services for adults and children, as well as addiction services. The former U.S. Air Force Reserves flight surgeon also routinely provides community presentations aimed at educating the public on common psychiatric disorders seen in youth and removing the stigma often attached to psychiatric illnesses. 


  • Residency in General Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
  • M.D., University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • B.A., Chemistry and French, Agnes Scott College

Lisa Durette In The News

August 23, 2021
Nate Young is not a kid of many words. Lacing up his bright pink soccer cleats before practice on a warm summer evening in Las Vegas, the 11-year-old described his bout with COVID-19 in June as “not easy.”
August 11, 2021
Going back to school poses challenges every year, but 2021 is unique.
June 2, 2021
Families are struggling to prosper, and our collective spiritual well-being is unimaginably undermined. We have all experienced sadness, doubt and tension, but the impact on young people in Nevada is serious.
May 29, 2021
With drastic changes that have impacted their everyday lives, members of our youthful generation are finding it difficult to work without the stability provided by a typical school day. Isolation and lack of peer support are causing the youth to miss out on opportunities to interact with their peers and classmates — increasing the need for visual and physical connection.

Articles Featuring Lisa Durette

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
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Campus News | January 5, 2021
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.
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Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
Campus News | December 10, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.