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Dr. Kerry Mendes Forensic and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Kerry Mendes, M.D.

Board-Certified

  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Medical-Legal

Consultant on Psychiatric Factors

  • Damages: Psychiatric Symptoms and Diagnosis
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Civil and Criminal Matters
  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Objective Opinions | Plaintiff & Defense

 

Dr. Mendes

A Commitment to Forensic Psychiatry & Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry

Dr. Mendes has worked with youth and adults in a forensic, treatment and support role for over 15 years. He is currently Board-Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Forensic and general Psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Background

Before medical school, Dr. Mendes provided counseling support to families caught up in the juvenile justice system in New Mexico. He also provided family assistance and counseling to at-risk youth. It was rewarding, but he wanted to do more.

It was this work that inspired Dr. Mendes.

He always knew Forensic Psychiatry would accompany his education destination. From medical school through two fellowships, his goal has always been to serve the justice system.

It is a priority to Dr. Mendes to apply his experience and insight to a better understanding of psychiatric factors relevant to adults, children and teens caught in legal controversies. In 2023, he was granted Board-Certification in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, which expands on his treatment and forensic assessment of adults. The focus of this expertise is civil litigation, expert witness testimony and issuing findings by report. Dr. Mendes is also experienced in competency to stand trial (CTST) and cases involving other competency factors.

Helping Patients

Dr. Mendes takes treatment seriously. It grounds and informs his forensic practice. He treats patients at Avenue 360, providing psychiatric care and medication management to under-served populations in Houston. His patients are adults, children and adolescents.

Licensure, Credentials, Qualifications and Experience

California Medical License (#A 155720) (2018)

Texas Medical License (#T3519) (2021)

Board Certification

Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #77736), 2020

Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #2629), 2021

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #13087), 2023

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Professional Experience

Adhia & Associates, Forensic Psychiatrists

Expert Witness and Legal Consultant to Attorneys; with Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine specialist Sanjay Adhia, M.D. P.A.). Private practice. Houston, TX, California, and nationally. (2022-present)

  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Adults, children & adolescents
  • Record reviews, medical and legal
  • Independent medical examination (IME) assessment
  • Reports of findings and conclusions
  • Testimony

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness (FQHC clinic treating the homeless, LGBTQ patients, those with substance use disorders, those with HIV), Psychiatrist. Houston, TX.

Adult and Adolescent Psychiatrist. (2021-present)

  • Psychiatric outpatient care, assessment and treatment of adult patients
  • Psychiatric outpatient care, assessment and treatment of child and youth patients (ages 6 and up)
  • Treatment of mental health conditions, including trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar, autism and oppositional defiant/conduct disorder

Pre-Medical Experience

All Faiths Receiving Home, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Case Worker for Child Protective Services (CPS) (2009-2011)

  • Provided support for families reported to CPS, foster parents, and families who had recently been reunited with their children by CPS
  • Assisted families in areas of behavioral management of children; coordinated communication between families, CPS, schools, and other involved parties; helped families address concerns raised by CPS to prevent removal of children
  • Helped assess safety and home environment through frequent visits to children’s homes and reported findings to CPS management

Desert Hills Residential Treatment Center.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Caseworker for At-Risk Youth and Youth with Mental Illness (2007-2009)

  • Caseworker services for children being discharged from treatment center, children in the day treatment program, and other children enrolled in the program
  • Helped families manage demands of navigating school and treatment programs, applying for government assistance, and behavioral issues arising in the home, school or other settings

Education

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and Practicum

University of California — UC Davis, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training and Practicum (2020-2021)

Trained in a wide variety of forensic assessments, including:

  • Competency to Stand Trial (CTST)
  • Not Guilty by Right of Insanity (NGRI)
  • Fitness-for-Duty
  • Disability
  • Diminished Capacity
  • Forensic assessment of children (Violence and Sexual Recidivism Risk Assessments)
  • CTST and Sexual Violence Risk Assessments for California DSH Napa State Hospital
  • Forensic Case and Records Review, training and practicum
  • Use of psychological tests, competency assessment instruments and risk assessment tools (e.g, MFAST, HCR-20, ILK, TOMM, GCCT, CAI-R)
  • Clinical care to inmates at Sacramento County Main Jail, Sacramento, CA

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and Practicum

University of California, Irvine — Irvine Medical Center, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training and Practicum  (2018-2020)

  • Managed patients in inpatient hospital and outpatient settings
  • Supervised medical students: clinic and inpatient rotations
  • 2 years of experience working in a highly diverse patient population including families across the socioeconomic spectrum with multiple cultures and backgrounds in Orange County, California
  • Clinical outpatient psychiatric care for Orange County patients, including children involved with CPS, in the foster care system, or in other legal matters

University of New Mexico, Psychiatry Residency, Albuquerque, New Mexico

General Psychiatry Residency (2015-2018)

  • Evaluated and provided medication management for patients in both acute inpatient and outpatient settings while coordinating with community resources
  • State Hospital psychiatric care evaluating patients in a rural Treat-to-Competency facility (2 days/month)

Doctor of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (2015)

B.S., Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2007)

Presentations

Video Games and Psychiatry (2015, 2018, 2019)

Education about how video games affect behavior in the home, reasonable playing time and use as a behavioral intervention/motivation tool for children.

Mental Status Exam Basics (2019)

Basics of the psychiatric mental status exam to psychiatric techs and nurses at CHOC children’s hospital.

Cannabis Use and Violence Risk: From High to Homicidal (with the UC Davis Division of Psychiatry and the Law) (2020)

How cannabis use can cause psychosis or exacerbate existing psychosis and how cannabis use relates to NGRI pleas. Compared forms of cannabis and related THC contents.

Research

The Waitlist Project. UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and the Law, Mendes, K. Forensic Psychiatry Fellow (2020-2021)
Dr. Charles Scott, Dr. Barbara McDermott and forensic fellows in evaluating the quality of psychiatric diagnosis and care received by inmates on the admission waitlist for state hospitals. Inmates at multiple jail sites in the state of California were assessed with the goal of using the data gathered to influence public policy regarding psychiatric care in California’s jails.

Professional Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Volunteer Service

Mobile Harm Reduction Outreach, Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless (2007-2011). Provided harm reduction education and education about drug treatment resources.

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Board-Certified in Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry

Dr. Mendes treats patients at Avenue 360

Avenue 360, Clinical Psychiatry Practice

Patient Care. Patients Please Contact Dr. Mendes at Avenue 360 (713) 426-0027

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law