University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Kayla L. Fisher

Health Science Clinical Professor - Psychiatry

Dr. Kayla Fisher

Medical Office

Patton State Hospital
Office of Medical Director
3102 Highland Avenue
Highland, Calif. 92346
(909) 425-7325

Academic Office

School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, Calif. 92521
If you are a patient, please do not use this email address.
Contact the medical office by telephone.

Education and Training

  • Certified Physician Executive, American College of Physician Executives, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Certified in Psychiatric Management & Administration: American Psychiatric Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Fellowship, Forensic Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Residency, Psychiatry, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
  • M.D., University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas.
  • J.D., Concord Law School, Los Angeles, California.


Dr. Kayla L. Fisher, M.D., J.D., D.F.A.P.A. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Patton State Hospital, a forensic hospital with approximately 1,500 patients. She also maintains a private forensic psychiatric practice, serves as an expert witness and has lectured on a variety of psychiatric topics and has presented at the local, state, and national level.

Fisher has been active in medical student and resident education throughout her career. Her prior faculty appointments have included the University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, Eastern Tennessee State University, and Loma Linda University. In 2010, she was voted Teacher of the Year by the University of Tennessee Department of Psychiatry.

After being awarded the status of Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association in 2010, she was elected to the American College of Psychiatry in 2011. Other professional memberships include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American College of Physician Executives, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law.  

Research Interests

Her interests include forensic evaluations, expert witness testimony, and medical education.


  • American College of Psychiatrists, 2011.
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2010.
  • Teacher of the Year, University of Tennessee Department of Psychiatry, 2010.
  • Award of Academic Achievement in Medical Management, 2009.
  • Best Oral Argument, Defendant, Concord Law School, 2006.

Selected Publications

  • Fisher K., West S. “Misdiagnosed Learning Disability and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act”, Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, anticipated publication, 2015.
  • Fisher, K., “Malingered Mental Illness”, University of Akron School of Law, 2014.
  • Barker J., Bazzi L., Binder R., Fisher K., Kelly B., Knoll J., “Mass Murder and Mental Illness”, American Academy of Psychiatry and Law Annual Meeting, 2013.

  • Fisher, K., “Liability in Medicine”, University of Tennessee, Family Medicine and Psychiatry Conference, 2011.

  • Fisher K., et al. “Eating Disorders”, Best Practice Guidelines, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, December 2010.

  • Fisher K., Book Review, “Delirium”, Psychiatric Services, December 2007.

  • Fisher, K., “The Thought and the Behavior Count—Cognitive Techniques to Optimize Treatment Outcomes”,

    Virginia Department of Mental Health Statewide Conference, 2004.

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