Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness
Ayesha Ashai, MD - Forensic Psychiatric Associates, LP
Mill Valley, California 94941
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Dr. Ashai's forensic areas of interest include civil and criminal competencies, criminal responsibility, violence and sexual risk assessments, malpractice, psychiatric injury, and evaluations related to testamentary capacity and undue influence.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Ayesha Ashai received her BA in Psychology and Spanish from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She went on to attend medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at University of Maryland and Sheppard Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where she later served as the executive chief resident. After, she completed her forensic psychiatry fellowship under the leadership of Dr. Charles Scott at University of California, Davis in Sacramento, California. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry with added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry. She has years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of psychiatric disorders in various settings including civil and forensic hospitals, emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, and jails. She has specialized experience in working with patients who are Muslim, those with an Indian or Pakistani background, as well as Hispanic patients. She is licensed to practice medicine in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas.
Dr. Ashai is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and currently serves on AAPL's Criminal Behavior Committee and Cross Cultural Committee. At AAPL's national meeting and at local conferences in California, she presented on the treatment of psychopathy. Dr. Ashai has performed numerous criminal forensic psychiatric evaluations, and has been qualified as an expert in the field of psychiatry in the Sacramento Superior Court. Her forensic areas of interest include civil and criminal competencies, criminal responsibility, violence and sexual risk assessments, malpractice, psychiatric injury, and evaluations related to testamentary capacity and undue influence.
Currently, Dr. Ashai works as a telepsychiatrist in two outpatient mental health clinics in Ohio and Illinois. She also provides treatment for offenders incarcerated at the Winnebago County Jail and offenders with a serious mental illness that are released from incarceration as part of a therapeutic intervention program. In 2013, she was awarded the Dr. George U. Balis Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education for her work with medical students. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Illinois – School of Medicine.
Dr. Ashai has been an independent contractor to fpamed since 2020.
National Board of Physicians and Surgeons Diplomate
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Forensic Psychiatry Certification
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Adult Psychiatry Diplomate
State of California Medical License
State of Ohio Medical License
State of Pennsylvania Medical License
State of Illinois Medical License
State of Texas Medical License
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
American Psychiatry Association
Maryland Psychiatric Society
American Medical Association
Awards & Honors
The Dr. George U. Balis Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education
University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program
2nd place award at Boonshoft School of Medicine Annual Research Symposium
Pepper Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pediatrics, Dayton Children's Medical Center
University of California, Davis Division of Psychiatry and the Law (2018)
University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt Residency, Baltimore, Maryland (2017)
Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio (2013)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2009)