Lisa Durette

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


Dr. Lisa Durette, an associate professor with the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, 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

Whether you’re one of the nearly 58 million Americans who experience some form of mental illness each year or just want to optimize your mental well-being, you might be interested in therapy. However, you may be wondering which type of counseling would best suit your needs: a psychiatrist or therapist? When making that decision, it can be helpful to learn about how psychiatrists differ from other therapists in terms of their education and training, therapies offered and cost.
The Nevada Independent
Southern Nevada officials are working to bolster mental health crisis response as the number of calls for aid continue to rise.
Nevada Current
Whether it’s an 18-month wait to get resources for youth with developmental disabilities or a lack of investment in homeless prevention services, groups working with youth experiencing homelessness say they face substantial barriers helping vulnerable children. 
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
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Articles Featuring Lisa Durette

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

Dancers with the U.N.L.V. Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

2022 U.N.L.V. Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | December 29, 2021

A collection of news stories from 2021 highlighting UNLV’s continuing response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.