Adhia & Associates

Forensic Psychiatrists

Evaluations

Testimony

Adult, Child & Adolescent

Informing Juries

About Adhia & Associates

Consultant and Expert Witness Forensic Psychiatrists

Adhia & Associates began as the private practice of Sanjay Adhia, M.D., a Forensic and Clinical Psychiatrist, and Brain Injury Medicine (BIM) specialist in Houston.

As Dr. Adhia’s forensic cases grew and testimony expanded geographically, it was time to bring even more to the table. Dr. Mendes, an Adult, Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist expands our scope of expertise and variety of services. 

Attorneys can now access greater breadth and depth in the psychiatry expert witness realm.

Sanjay Adhia MD Psychiatrist Expert Witness

Sanjay Adhia, M.D., Principal

Credentials and Experience

Dr. Adhia is among fewer than 2 dozen Psychiatrists nationally who are triple Board-Certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine by the ABPN.  He has been in private forensic practice since 2015. 

Clinical Practice

Dr. Adhia treats patients at nationally recognized TIRR Hermann Hospital, focusing on psychiatry and those with injuries or diseases of the brain, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury TBI, Concussion (mTBI), and spinal cord injuries.

Faculty and Honors

Dr. Adhia serves on the faculty of University of Texas Medical Branch in Psychiatry.

Since 2018 Dr. Adhia has been honored to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.

Services

Dr. Adhia is experienced in the forensic assessment necessary for a robust report of his findings. He routinely testifies in depositions and at trials. He is available for cases nationally.

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Dr. Kerry Mendes Forensic and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Kerry Mendes, M.D., Associate

Credentials and Experience

Kerry Mendes, M.D., is a Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist (ABPN) and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (ABPN). He has been a practicing physician since 2018.

Clinical and Forensic Practice

Dr. Mendes has a busy clinical practice at Houston clinic Avenue 360 treating adults, children and adolescents. He is in forensic practice with Dr. Adhia performing assessments, records review, IMEs, issuing written reports of his forensic findings, and testimony.

Education

Dr. Mendes completed Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at University of California Davis and Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University of California Irvine.

In 2021 Dr. Mendes relocated from California to Houston.

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The jury must hear findings from a credible objective expert.

Complex medical and psychiatric damages demand it.

Our Services

Topics for Lawyers

Emotional Distress Damages

Emotionally traumatic experiences are absorbed differently. Some people “shake it off” and are resilient, while others develop a psychiatric condition, like PTSD, Depression, or Anxiety.

 

Brain Injuries and Dementia

Cognitive impairment can interfer with a person’s ability to exercise sound judgment, make decisions (e.g. making bequests) or commission of a crime.

Read about symptoms and outcome through a medical-legal lens in this article about TBI, concussion and dementia as a result of disease or an injury such as a blow to the head.

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice and Standard of Care claims are serious. If a person develops a health problem after treatment, a medical expert in that field of medicine is the Expert Witness suited to consider the appropriateness of care.

Dr. Adhia discusses medical malpractice in allegations of breach of the standard of care, medical negligence and failure to follow protocol.

Competency

The legal concept of being “competent” varies. E.g.,

  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Contractual Competency
  • Competency to Stand Trial

A forensic IME can take place after a person dies, e.g. a will contest. It is legally unique.

Drug or Alcohol Factors

Addiction or use of drugs, willing or unwilling, can factor in any setting where competency is questioned. We see this in DUI cases, Probate, and Criminal cases.

 

Mood Disorder vs. Personality Disorder: Legal Implications

Mood Disorders include Depression and Bipolar Disorder. They can reflect a response to a triggering event, but not always.

A Personality Disorder on the other hand reflects a pattern of behavior and features that drive behavior. These are diagnosed by a physician or psychologist.

Both are relevant in a legal matter.

Crime

This article addresses psychiatric culpability in the commission of a crime, CTST and restoration, discussed by an Expert Witness in criminal and corrections cases. 

Dr. Adhia draws on Forensic Experience and background working with high risk inmates including those on death row, capital cases and SuperMax prisons.

Fitness for Duty & Occupational Health

Emotional health and job performance assessment are discussed from a Forensic Psychiatrist’s perspective and experience.

Occupational mental health considerations are especially important in safety-sensitive jobs, e.g. carrying a firearm or a pilot. Dr. Adhia discusses the role of a Fitness for Duty evaluation. 

 

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On This Site

Dementia

How dementia, Alzheimer’s and brain disorders can impact thought processes and the medical-legal implications.

By Sanjay Adhia, MD

Multiple Plaintiff Cases, Mass Tort, Toxic Tort

Multiple plaintiffs may bring suit involving a single causal event, such as a chemical spill or exposure to a carcinogenic substance. Dr. Adhia discusses two recent cases: a toxic tort, and a serial sexual assault case.

By Sanjay Adhia, MD

What Is an IME?

A medical-legal Independent Medical Examination (IME) is a structured interview guided by specialized medical training in Forensic Psychiatry. The examinee is usually a plaintiff or defendant. 

By Sanjay Adhia, MD

Brain Injuries Explained by a BIM Expert

Dr. Adhia, Board-Certified in Brain Injury Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry, discusses the nature of TBI, concussion and other mTBI injuries and their medicolegal relevance. 

By Sanjay Adhia, MD

Consulting Expert: An Attorney’s Secret Weapon

A non-disclosed expert witness and forensic psychiatrist can be an excellent source of insight and information from the outset.

By Sanjay Adhia, MD

Can a Brain Injury Impact Criminal Behavior?

A crime is committed and a brain injury or disease is suspected: Medical-legal considerations and mens rea.

By Sanjay Adhia, MD

Date Rape Drugs: Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Law

Weaponized Chemistry: a Medicine Cabinet of Assault
DFSA is the use of drugs and/or alcohol by a sexual predator to render a victim incapacitated and unable to fight back against a sexual assault. Dr. Adhia discusses the psychopharmacology of these dangerous substances.

By Sanjay Adhia, MD

KGOU Interview: Uvalde, Texas Elementary School Shooting

Dr. Adhia is a Houston Forensic Psychiatrist who has worked in capital homicide cases. He discusses alarming and alerting “planning behavior” by a mass shooter.

KHOU Houston interviews Dr. Adhia hours after the Uvalde, Texas, Robb Elementary School tragedy. May 25, 2022.

Jurisdictions, Venues

Occupational

Civil Litigation
Military
Criminal
Correctional

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness for our defense. A qualified expert, he traveled to Georgia from Texas on short notice and provided critical testimony regarding date rape drug effects and surreptitious methods of delivery in an involuntary intoxication case in Superior Court. The prosecution couldn’t touch him; but they will probably need him in the future.

Arturo Corsa, Esq.
Corsa Law Center

Lee Burkstein, JD

Dr. Adhia served as an expert witness in a difficult and complex Medical Board case. Dr. Adhia was quick on the draw, conscientious, and most importantly, authoritative and reliable.

Lee Burkstein, JD
Burkstein Legal Services

Jesse S. White, Esq.

My client's will contest case involved a multi-million dollar estate. Dr. Adhia was retained as an expert forensic psychiatrist. His work was exemplary, and I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone seeking a highly qualified psychiatric expert.

Jesse S. White, Esq.
Law Offices of Jesse S. White

Shiva Gill, Esq.

Dr. Adhia worked with me on two cases involving immigration clients with mental incapacity… the court gave significant weight to his evaluation. I look forward to working with Dr. Adhia again.

Shiva Gill, Esq.
Ms. Gill has had the honor of arguing before the Texas Supreme Court

Jim James, Esq.

Even the prosecutor was impressed with the report. It was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.

Jim James, Esq.
James & Reynolds, Attorneys at Law
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