Mental Health Treatment: Then and Now

Dr. Robert Mendoza

Discussion following 96 Tears. February 20, 2011, 2pm

Dr. Robert Mendoza is a psychologist who has been working in the field of forensic mental health for fifteen years. He is also a forensic neuropsychologist, having completed his feilowship in neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School. He performs over 100 assessments a year for criminal and civil cases including criminal responsibility and competency-to-stand-trial evaluations. He has also consulted on many homicide and cases as well as sexual offender cases. In addition to being a President of Boston Forensic Associates, Dr. Mendoza is an Assistant Professor at Tufts Medical School and is on the staff of Tufts Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Mendoza has trained and worked with the severely mentally ill for his entire professional career. He has witnessed firsthand the changes in the commitment laws, including forced medication regulations, changes in guardianships and the slow but steady erosion of community mental health services which has dramatically increased incarceration rates for those whose criminal offense is related to mental illness. Dr. Mendoza lectures around the country on these social and scientific controversies and how clinical and forensic work is the nexus of art, ethic: and science.