Adhia & Associates

Forensic Psychiatrists



Adult, Child & Adolescent

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 his cases grew and testimony expanded geographically, it was time to bring even more to the table.

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

Juggling a complex case? Our boutique team approach makes life easier for the legal team, and our expert conclusions that much richer.

Dr. Adhia continues as the guiding force of our practice.

Dr. Adhia’s medical-legal work is complemented by clinical practice 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. He is among fewer than 2 dozen Psychiatrists in the US who hold triple Board-Certification in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine.

New associate Kerry, Mendes, M.D. adds another layer: child and adolescent forensic assessment. Dr. Mendes treats adults, children, and adolescents at Houston Clinic Avenue 360. He is Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry and Fellowship trained in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He conducts full evaluations, IMEs, and issues comprehensive reports and testimony.

Adhia & Associates, Principal Sanjay Adhia, MD
Dr. Adhia is founder and principal of Adhia & Associates. He is a Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist and Brain Injury Medicine subspecialist. He treats patients at TIRR Hermann and opines and testifies in legal cases nationally.
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Adhia & Associates is growing!
Kerry Mendes, M.D., is a Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist with additional training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a clinical Psychiatrist at Avenue 360. He also performs records review, IMEs, reports of his forensic findings, and testimony.
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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.

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Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

Founder and Principal


Dr. Adhia is Board Certified in the three disciplines of Forensic Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine, and Psychiatry. He is also a Medical Review Officer. He has been in private medical practice for more than 15 years and Forensic Psychiatry for nearly a decade.


Clinical Psychiatrist and Brain Injury Medicine Specialist at TIRR HERMANN, a National Leader in Treating Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries.


Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).


Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.

Topics for Lawyers

Emotional Distress Damages

Emotionally traumatic experiences are absorbed differently. Some are impacted, others “shake it off.” Trauma can result in a psychiatric condition, like PTSD, Depression, or Anxiety.

Brain Injuries and Dementia

TBI, concussion and dementia can be the result of disease or an injury such as a blow to the head.

Symptoms and outcome are viewed through a medical-legal lens in this article.

Medical Malpractice

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


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 DUI, Probate and Criminal cases.

Mood Disorder vs. Personality Disorder: Legal Implications

Mood disorders include Depression and Bipolar Disorder.


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

Fitness for Duty & Occupational Health

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

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Understand how dementia 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 medico-legal Independent Medical Examination (IME) is different from a clinical exam. It is a structured interview to evaluate an examinee in light of a legal matter. 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

Jurisdictions, Venues


Civil Litigation

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