Nationally recognized and a media featured Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Mendonsa provides expert psychotherapy to adults, couples and families. He provides consulting and custom forensic and clinical services for civil and legal matters including IME/AME/QME evaluations, second opinions, mandated evaluations, professional license denial or adverse action evaluations, standards of care deviation opinions, risk assessments, diversion assessments, psychological and criminal profiling, expert/rebuttal witness services, media interviews, root cause analysis, clinical and forensic assessments and much more. He has previously served as a Psychologist and Chief Psychologist for the State of California – Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in addition to his work within dozens of forensic settings including State Hospitals, jails, juvenile detention facilities, locked units, and segregated housing units / psychiatric services units within the prison system.
Additionally, Dr. Mendonsa has represented small and large organizations undergoing regulatory reviews and surveys. He has a significant history preparing state licensing applications for CA Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) licenses and certifications. He is proficient in Joint Commission Accreditation procedures and developing complete Policies and Procedures to meet regulatory and licensing requirements. He has authored dozens of root-cause analysis addressing sentinel and efficiency topics. Dr. Mendonsa is well connected within regulatory and licensing circles.
As a Forbes and Huff Post featured and recognized national expert, Dr. Mendonsa understands various state regulations and laws related to forensic and clinical services. Clients often find therapy with Dr. Mendonsa to lead to greater happiness and symptom reduction. Utilizing expert resources and interventions, clients are confident in their choice of having Dr. Mendonsa treat them. He prides himself on helping those in need and being a voice for those held down by prejudice, racism and hate. He is licensed in a dozen states and has been retained around the nation for various high profile and routine cases and opinions. His testimony and reports have withstood legal scrutiny and cross-examination. He is well versed in legal procedures including providing expert testimony in deposition and at trial. He has been featured over 150 times on local and national media. His motto "Experience. Expertise. Experience" summarizes what you can expect when working with Dr. Mendonsa.
Dr. Mendonsa is a 2016 '40 Under 40' Recipient, has received a Best of Sacramento Award, and has been bestowed a Congressional Medal Award for his community service.
Dr. Mendonsa has strong partnerships with lawyers, senior-level business executives, other psychologists, social workers, therapists, chiropractors, polygraph examiners, prescribing physicians/mid-levels and retired local, state and federal law enforcement officials. These partnerships allow for richer and more collaborative outcomes.
Dr. Mendonsa is passionate about fighting for equal access to care, inclusion and breaking down barriers that divide us. Since a young age, Dr. Mendonsa has always put those in need first. He often speaks to groups about inclusion and how mental health is destroyed by discrimination and racism. If you would like to schedule a talk, please contact Dr. Mendonsa.
Psychology and Criminal Justice Administration - National University (WASC Accredited)
Psychology - California School of Professional Psychology (APA Accredited)
California School of Professional Psychology (APA Accredited)
Texas A&M University (AACSB Accredited)
While Dr. Mendonsa resides in Northern California, he is licensed to practice in over a dozen states and commonly travels both within California and nationally to meet the needs of clients, lawyers, executives, professionals and referral sources. He maintains a psychotherapy practice where he provides therapy to adults, couples and families. He began working in mental health and forensics over 15 years ago. He has committed his life to community service, social justice and advancing equality in mental health and society. He loves providing therapy, executive coaching, forensic/court-related services, and conducting evaluations. A rare combination for many psychologists. He has worked in a variety of settings including juvenile justice settings, jails, prisons, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and emergency departments within numerous hospital settings. He has extensive expertise in juvenile, adult and geriatric psychology. He has a passion for working with victims of violence and hate and has treated countless clients who have helped him understand prejudice, racism and marginalized populations. He has also spent many years in worker's compensation both as a provider and reviewer. He has completed hundreds of hours of specialized training in substance abuse treatment & evaluation, suicide risk assessment and psychological autopsy, business efficiency and workplace personnel care. He has testified and been deposed in cases involving state and federal laws. He is currently a California Board of Psychology Expert Reviewer and assists in determining professional deviations of care. Rarely seen in psychologist backgrounds, Dr. Mendonsa also has a passion for business and operations. After practicing for several years, he returned to college and earned a highly ranked MBA which allows him to bring a unique perspective to workplace cases, business consultation and executive care.
Dr. Mendonsa's professional career has included work as a government regulator, reviewer and surveyor. In these roles, he has acquired the skills necessary to help organizations obtain a health care certification and license, obtain and retain Joint Commission Accreditation, and prepare complex root-cause analyses which satisfies private and government regulatory and review processes. He has worked with both small and large organizations who have successfully undergone regulatory reviews, surveys and investigations.
As a forensic psychologist, he is an expert in forensic mandated treatment, including sex offender treatment. He has overseen thousands of mandated clients and participated in parole review hearings. He conducts evaluations at Coalinga State Hospital on Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs). Lastly, he is designated as a Substance Abuse Expert (SAE) under the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) under the United States Department of Transportation. These two highly specialized certifications allow Dr. Mendonsa to clear employees to return to work at SAE and SAP workplaces. He is considered an expert witness throughout the United States. He has served as an Expert & Rebuttal Witness in a variety of civil and criminal cases.
Dr. Mendonsa is a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME). He has conducted dozens of Panel (QME), Agreed (AME), and Independent (IME) evaluations. He prides himself on strongly written and highly detailed reports that withstand cross-examination. He even presents advanced report writing nationally to mental health and forensic professionals.
Besides providing expert and top notch clinical and forensic services, Dr. Mendonsa has presented a variety of clinical and forensic topics around the world. He loves teaching and presenting. You can often see him on television where he is providing expert perspective on local and national news. In fact he has been featured in numerous national and international media including Forbes and Huff Post! He has been featured on countless radio shows and webcasts. Dr. Mendonsa serves on a variety of government, non-profit and private boards, partnerships and coalitions. Dr. Mendonsa is a proud Rotarian and supports the ACLU and other equality, social justice and anti-hate organizations. He's one of the Top 10 followed psychologists on Twitter and a Top 30 Psychology Author Bringing a Revolution in the World of Mental Health.
Be sure to check out his blog where he tries to share regular entries on a variety of topics and interests.
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