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Adhia & Associates

Forensic Psychiatrist Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

Board-Certified
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Brain Injury Medicine

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Medical Legal Experience

  • Expert Consultant, Case Merit, Predisclosed Expert
  • Objective opinions | Plaintiff & Defense
  • Over a decade of trial and deposition testimony as an Expert Witness

    Details follow this Summary:

    Credentials

    Board Certified in the three disciplines of Forensic Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine, and Psychiatry. Dr. Adhia is among fewer than 3 dozen physicians nationally Board-Certified in all 3 disciplines. Dr. Adhia is also a Medical Review Officer (MRO.)

    Cases

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

    Academic

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

    Honors

    Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. Twice appointed and Texas senate confirmed. 2019-current.

    Education

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

    Volunteer

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

    Licensure, Credentials, Qualifications, and Experience

    Texas Medical License, Board of Medical Examiners (License #Q0720)

    Board-Certification

    Board-Certified in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #67625), (2014)

    Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #2127), (2015)

    Board-Certified in Brain Injury Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #101), (2018)

    Vetting Resource: Verify Board-Certification at Physician Verification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

    Other Certifications and Licenses

    Medical Review Officer (MRO), Medical Review Officers Certification Council, (2020-Present)

    Florida Medical Doctor Expert Witness Certificate Florida Medical Doctor Expert Witness Certificate #MEEW10358 (2023-2025) (Physicians licensed outside Florida may testify as an Expert Witness if they hold this certification.)

    Buprenorphine Waiver issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prescribe and treat opioid use disorders. (2018-Present)

    Additional Training

    Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) training and certification. The MoCA is designed to assist in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Capital Sentencing Evaluations, DBHDS Forensic Training Series, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Daniel Murrie, PhD, ILPPP (2020)

    Professional Experience

    Sanjay Adhia, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist Private Practice | Adhia & Associates

    Expert Witness and Legal Consultant to Attorneys.  Private practice. Houston, TX, and nationally (2014-Present)


    TIRR Memorial Hermann Research and Rehabilitation

    Psychiatrist and Brain Injury Medicine Physician. Treating patients with brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries and mental health conditions. Houston, TX (2019-Present)


    PREVIOUSLY

    Avenue 360 Health & Wellness

    Psychiatrist. Avenue 360 is an FQHC clinic treating homeless individuals, the LGBTQ community, patients with substance use disorders, and patients with HIV. Houston, TX (2020-2022)

    PACE Mental Health Clinic

    Medical Director. Sugar Land, TX (2018-2019)

    UTMB-CMC Jester IV Prison Psychiatric Facility and Death Row Inmates

    Psychiatrist. Richmond, TX (2016-2018)

    University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, Competency Restoration Unit

    Attending Psychiatrist. Houston, TX (2015-2016)

    Texas State Department of Aging and Disability Services, SSLC

    Psychiatrist. Richmond, TX (2014)

    University of Texas Psychiatric Center

    Inpatient Attending Psychiatrist. Houston, TX (2012-2013)

    Academic Appointments

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry (2019-Present)
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) (2016-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center (2012, 2013, 2015)

    Governor’s Advisory Committee Appointment

    Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. Appointed and reappointed for a second term; confirmed by the Texas State Senate (2019-2021; 2021-Present)

    Government Contracts

    U.S. Department of Defense (Military Justice cases)
    U.S. Federal CAGE, SAM and DUNS (Military Justice cases)

    Education

    Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon (2014)
    Psychiatry Residency, University of Texas HSC, Houston, Texas (2012)
    Psychiatry Internship, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas (2009)
    Doctor of Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College (2004)

    Professional Affiliations

    Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network
    American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Neuropsychiatry Committee
    Alzheimer’s Association, Alois Society
    Brain Injury Association of America
    International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
    American Psychiatric Association

    Presentations

    Bad Medicine: Psychiatric Malpractice, Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas (December 2020)
    Bad Medicine: Psychiatric Malpractice, Houston Psychiatric Society, Houston, Texas (November 2020)
    Forensic Psychiatry: An Introduction, Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas (July 2020), Houston, Texas (2020)
    Clinical Decision Making, Non-Emergency Compelled Medications, 6th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology, Houston, Texas (September 2017)
    Forensic Psychiatry: An Introduction. Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas (May 2015)
    Civil Forensic Psychiatry, Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas (May 2015)
    Psychiatry 101, Law School Lecture, Willamette University College of Law, Salem Oregon (2014)
    Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry, Law School Lecture, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon (2014)
    Treatment-Resistant Depression, Grand Rounds, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas (2012)

    Publications

    Tyler Durns, MD; Austin W. Blum, MD, JD; and Sanjay G. Adhia, MD, fMRI in the Courtroom: A (Very Brief) Overview, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Newsletter, Forensic Neuropsychiatry Committee. Spring 2021

    Fatima Masumova, DO, and Sanjay Adhia, MD, Revisiting Human Trafficking: A Brief Review, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Newsletter. Fall 2022. 47(3), 13, 26-27.

    Research

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Role of Massage on Depression Study, 2006
    Carpal Tunnel Glove, Biofeedback and EMG Research, 1996

    Volunteer Service

    Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network, conducting pro-bono IMEs
    DAYA Houston, pro-bono IMEs for Asian victims of domestic abuse
    Program for Immigrant & Refugee Child Health (PIRCH), Baylor College of Medicine, pro-bono IMEs
    Fort Bend County District Attorney Community Engagement Working Group

    Media

    Newsweek, Keller, Erin, Who is Carlos Baez Nieves? Florida man named as ‘possible serial killer’ Article regarding multiple murders by Carlos Baez Nieves in Florida, interview with Sanjay Adhia, MD. Published June 27, 2024. 

    KHOU CBS, News report on shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 25, 2022, in Uvalde Texas, Interview with Dr. Adhia, Psychiatrist Explains Warning Signs to Look For and Mental Health Factors. May 25, 2022.

    PTSD: Psychology and Law of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Interview. Thread of Evidence, an America Out Loud Nationwide Podcast. Hosted by Joni Johnston, PsyD, Forensic Psychologist, Commentator, and Private Investigator. February 2020.

    Houston Chronicle. “Heidi Broussard case: Experts explain the ‘maternal desire’ psychology behind baby kidnapping.” Interview with Hannah Dellinger. January 2020.

    Austin Statesman. “Heidi Broussard: Why Would Someone Take a Baby?” by Lara Korte. Interview with Dr. Adhia. December 2019.

    Date Rape Drugs: Expert Comments on Unreliable Tests, Impact on Prosecution. Interview with Nick Rishwain in Expert Witnesses and Consultants Blog, Experts.com. April 2019.

    Coerced Suicide: Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness Details Murder by Proxy.  Urtula suicide case. Interview with Nick Rishwain in Expert Witnesses and Consultants Blog, Experts.com.  November 2019.