Faculty Profile

Lester Willis, DNP

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Instructor
  • Course Faculty
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Dr. Lester Willis (he/him) is an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He began his journey in health care by obtaining his RN degree at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky in 1997. Prior to becoming an APRN, he was an RN in the field of mental health for over 20 years, mostly serving the population of forensic psychiatry in a maximum-security setting. He completed his BSN at Excelsior College in 2015. He obtained his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a focus as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from UMass Global (formerly Brandman University) in Irvine, California in 2019. Most recently, he served as an Assistant Professor at UMass Global, and he also practices in an outpatient clinic via telepsychiatry. He is a proponent of evidence-based care who believes that the patient is the most important member of any healthcare encounter. He recently relocated to Katy, Texas, where he enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and two young children.