Dr. Adhia is Triple-Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). His practice focus is the psychiatric impact of a triggering event, which may be personal injury, physical and emotional abuse, violence, changed competency, with broad med-legal implications. Dr. Adhia also evaluates and treats psychiatric injury and disability in victims and alleged abusers. In addition, Dr. Adhia was recently appointed by the Governor of Texas to service on his committee and he is one of 9 Forensic Psychiatrist in the county who is Brain Injury Medicine board certified.
Dr. Adhia’s clinical practice is conducted in high-risk and security sensitive settings including maximum security prisons and correctional psychiatric hospitals, inmates on death row and segregated in Isolation. Dr. Adhia also volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights to assess victims of kidnapping and false imprisonment, human trafficking, undue influence, physical and sexual abuse, rape, and fear of imminent death. In all populations, he assesses PTSD, Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, risk of suicide, and malingering. He is experienced in impact of drug and alcohol abuse on decision-making. In psychiatric hospital, Dr. Adhia treats severe psychosis (Schizophrenia, hallucinations) and psychopathology.
Dr. Adhia’s findings consider complicating factors, such as emotional distress worsened by physical and emotional isolation from family and support, whether a prisoner or an elder. Other factors are pre-existing mental and physical illness, competency and capacity (e.g. dementia, Intellectual Disability.)
Dr. Adhia opines about medical malpractice and standard of care, including in government regulated and institutional settings.
As a physician, Dr. Adhia is qualified to review medical records and doctor reports. Dr. Adhia renders diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plans. He conducts thorough Independent Medical Examinations and review of records before issuing findings. Dr. Adhia is available to testify as an expert witness in civil, criminal, probate, Federal, Immigration and administrative jurisdictions.