Elaheh Ashtari, PsyD, joined McGovern Medical School in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a licensed psychologist and has been appointed as director of Psychology Services at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC), where she oversees the operations of the psychology consult service.

Ashtari earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, and completed her predoctoral internship at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department – Forensic Unit in Houston, Texas. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at North Texas State Hospital-Vernon. Ashtari has experience working with adolescents and adults in various settings including juvenile detention centers, adult probation, inpatient hospitals, private practice, and community mental health centers. Her clinical interests include malingering, forensic psychology and assessment, recidivism, dual diagnoses, and personality disorders.

As a clinical and forensic psychologist, Ashtari has been a forensic examiner in the trial competency restoration program, actively participates in the Competency Restoration Oversight Committee, leads the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Groups and programming, as well as facilitates individual psychotherapy and psychological assessments at UTHealth HCPC.

Additionally, Ashtari is involved in the department’s education mission. She provides clinical supervision and training to psychiatry residents, psychology predoctoral interns and practicum students rotating with the Psychology Service at UTHealth HCPC.


Master's Degree
Counseling Psychology, Adler University
Doctoral Degree
Clinical Psychology, Adler University
Harris County Juvenile Probation Department – Forensic Unit
Forensic, North Texas State Hospital

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Adult General Psychiatry
  • Adolescent General Psychiatry
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities
  • Dual Diagnosis Assessment & Treatment
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Schizophrenia