Noelle Lefforge

Assistant Director of Clinical Services and Research, The PRACTICE
Associate Professor-In-Residence, Psychology
Expertise: Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Depression, Therapy


Noelle Lefforge is an expert in attachment-based therapy, emotion-focused therapy, dialect behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. She is currently assistant director of clinical services and research for The PRACTICE, UNLV's community mental health clinic. Having worked in the Las Vegas community as a practicing psychologist since 2012, Lefforge has also received specialized training working with professionals such as doctors, lawyers, entertainers, etc. struggling with mental health issues.

Her research focuses on clinical outcomes, patient experience within healthcare organizations, cultural factors, and the inner experience of emotions and depression.

As part of her work with The PRACTICE, Lefforge helped establish and expand two partnerships with local community nonprofits — Community in Schools of Nevada (CIS) and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada — to extend the reach of the clinic in innovative ways. Through its partnership with CIS, the clinic now offers a telemental health clinic for Nevada youth. The telemental health clinic allows UNLV trainees, supervised by licensed mental health professionals, to provide clinical services to students in rural northeastern Nevada who otherwise would not have access to such services.

Her work has been published in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Healthcare Management, Emotion Review, Emotion, and Qualitative Research in Psychology.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, UNLV
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, UNLV
  • B.A., Psychology, UNLV

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Noelle Lefforge In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
September 10, 2020
September is suicide prevention awareness month and mental health experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has left many anxious and on edge.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
April 17, 2020
Experts are warning about the damaging effects the coronavirus crisis can have on one’s mental health. UNLV is offering free counseling to anyone who needs help getting through the pandemic.
October 3, 2018
When something traumatic happens, people have psychological needs as well as physical ones. Mental health professionals from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas volunteered to help after the Las Vegas shooting last year, and they recently told The Conversation what good psychological first aid looks like.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 17, 2016
It’s well known that Nevada rarely tops lists when it comes to accessibility of mental health services. The Silver State ranked 50th among U.S. states in 2013 for number of psychiatrists per capita and routinely falls at the bottom of Mental Health America’s overall ranking of access to care.

Articles Featuring Noelle Lefforge

A woman in a flower print shirt stands in front of a row of computers
People | November 8, 2019
Honors College Alumna of the Year and faculty member Noelle Lefforge is a four-time alumna of the university.
A portrait of Noelle Lefforge outside on campus
People | May 1, 2019
Noelle Lefforge helps a UNLV mental health clinic reach into rural Nevada while giving graduate students vital training.