Sanjay Shah, JD, PhD
Dr. Shah established Atlas Psychological Services, LLC to provide high quality and tailored psychological evaluation and treatment services. During his training and professional career, Dr. Shah has engaged in clinical and forensic work in several settings including hospitals, universities, corrections, and private practices. This provided invaluable experience working with diverse populations with a range of presenting social and psychological issues. Dr. Shah brings this experience to his current work by thoughtfully integrating information from multiple sources to provide tailored and individualized services.
After receiving his PhD, Dr. Shah completed his post-doctoral training in forensic psychology with the Psychiatry and Law Service at Emory University where he primarily engaged in competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations with defendants at the Fulton County Jail. During his post-doctoral training, Dr. Shah also worked in a private practice where he completed Social Security Disability evaluations and parental fitness evaluations for the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
After his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Shah was employed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) as a Forensic Psychologist on an inpatient forensic unit at Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta (GRHA). He worked with defendants with severe and persistent mental illness. While working on an inter-disciplinary team, he was responsible for competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations, risk assessment evaluations, psychological testing, and individual and group competency restoration services. Through his adjunct faculty appointment with Emory, he supervised forensic psychiatry fellows during their rotation at GRHA. Dr. Shah spent time working as an outpatient forensic psychologist with DBHDD where he traveled to several counties in Georgia to conduct forensic evaluations.
Dr. Shah has since worked in private practice settings where he practiced both clinical and forensic psychology. Dr. Shah’s clinical work has consisted of psychotherapy and psychologist testing with children and adults. He currently treats mainly young adults going through significant life changes and emotional challenges. In addition, he has completed fitness for duty evaluations for several different companies and continues to do this work. His forensic work currently focuses on evaluations mainly relevant to criminal law issues and select civil areas. He has testified as an expert witness in multiple counties in Georgia and in federal court.
Licensed Georgia Psychologist
Direct: (404) 500-9681
PhD in Psychology: Drexel University
JD: Villanova University
BA in Psychology and International Studies: Emory University
Forensic mental health assessment
Employment-related psychological evaluations
Psychotherapy focusing mainly on young adults
Licensed Georgia Psychologist
Member of the Georgia Bar
Adjunct faculty with Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
American Psychological Association
Georgia Psychological Association
American Psychology-Law Society
Select Publications and Presentations
Dr. Shah has published as well as presented locally and nationally in areas related to psychological assessment, cognitive issues in forensic psychology, risk assessment, and ethical/legal issues in psychology, and expert testimony. Select publications and presentations include:
- Speaker: Shah, S., Flores, A.L., & Egan, G.J. (2019). Beyond Tarasoff: Federal and state laws psychologists should know. Workshop presented at the Georgia Psychological Association Annual Meeting.
- Speaker: Shah, S. (2017). Testamentary capacity: The intersection between mental health and estate planning. Continuing legal education presentation at the Annual Fiduciary Law Institute.
- Author: Shah, S. & Otto, R. (2017). Use of psychological assessment tools in forensic psychiatric evaluation. In R. Rosner & Scott, C. (Eds), Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry (3rd ed.). London: Taylor & Francis Group.
- Author: Shah. S., DeMatteo, D., Keesler, M., Davis, J., Heilbrun K., & Festinger, D. (2015). Addiction severity index scores and urine drug screens at baseline as predictors of graduation from drug court. Crime and Delinquency, 61, 1257-1277.
Please contact Dr. Shah if you're interested in possible workshops or speaking engagements relevant to law and psychology.