Adhia & Associates

Forensic Psychiatrists

Houston, TX
Cases Nationally

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, headquartered in Houston, Texas. We are growing so attorneys can access greater breadth and brain power in the expert witness realm.

Dr. Adhia is the guiding force of our practice. He has opined and testified in cases throughout the U.S. Dr. Adhia’s clinical practice focuses on treatment of those with injuries or diseases of the spinal cord, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s and brain injuries (TBI, Concussion,) as a psychiatrist and BIM specialist at nationally recognized TIRR Hermann Hospital.

Dr. Mendes is an associate evaluator with Dr. Adhia. He treats adults, children and adolescents at Houston Clinic Avenue 360. Dr. Mendes is experienced and Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry and conducts IMEs and forensic assessments.

Adhia & Associates is growing!
Kerry Mendes, M.D., is a Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist with additional training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

  • Triple Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist and Brain Injury Medicine Specialist
  • Experienced in Plaintiff and Defense Cases
  • Skilled in Thorough and Easily Parsed Reports of Findings
  • Experienced in Testifying in Deposition and Trial
  • Expert Witness
  • Consultant
  • Clinical Psychiatrist and BIM Specialist at TIRR HERMANN, a National Leader in Treating Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries


Dr. Adhia is among fewer than a dozen physicians Board-Certified in the three disciplines of Forensic Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine and Psychiatry. He also treats those with spine, stroke, concussion and TBI at renowned TIRR Memorial Hermann Medical Center. Dr. Adhia is a Medical Review Officer (MRO) regarding employment drug testing, toxicology, FFD and DFSA cases. He holds a Buprenorphine Waiver from the HHS to treat opioid addiction.


Exemplars: Brain injury (competitive sports, PI, CTST), Mass Tort (toxic spills), capital crimes (homicide, military and civilian courts), medical malpractice (clinic, hospitals and treaters), violence assessment (armed security personnel), sexual assault and the use of drugs (DFSA), criminal competency, testamentaray capacity.

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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. Twice appointed and Texas-senate confirmed. 2018-current.


Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University in 2014 , and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Texas Health and Sciences Center.


Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network, forensic evaluations in human trafficking cases. Daya Houston, treating South Asian survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.

Adhia & Associates is growing!
Kerry Mendes, M.D., is a Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist with additional training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Dr. Adhia is a Houston Forensic Psychiatrist who has worked in capital cases involving homicide. 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.

Our Services

Independent Medical Examinations

Review Medical and Legal Records

Prognosis and Future Damages

Written Reports

Expert Findings and Medico-legal Opinion


Legal Consultant

Topics for Lawyers

Emotional Distress Damages

Emotionally traumatic experiences are absorbed differently by different people. Some are impacted, others “shake it off.”

Trauma can introduce a psychiatric condition, like PTSD, depression or anxiey. It can worsen a pre-existing condition.

However, correlation is not causation.

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.

Medical Malpractice

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


Competency assessment in a forensic psychiatric evaluation is unique.

In fact, the legal concept of being “competent” varies among those competent to stand trial (CTST), contractual competency and testamentary capacity.

IMEs in a forensic evaluation focus differently when the context 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. Personality disorders are different. PTSD is neither!


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 by a Forensic Psychiatrist is discussed.

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Understand how dementia and brain disorders can impact thought processes and the medical-legal implications.

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