Dr. Matthew Mendel Biography

Dr. Matthew Mendel is a clinical psychologist  and an expert witness with a private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He is the author of The Male Survivor: Impact of Sexual Abuse (Sage Publications, 1995).  He has been retained in over 190 forensic cases in seventeen states and in federal jurisdiction.  Most of his forensic work is in death penalty cases in which it is known or suspected that the defendant was sexually abused or otherwise traumatized during his childhood.  Dr. Mendel evaluates these defendants, with a focus on their childhood traumas, and then tells their story, helping those involved in the disposition of the case understand the individual accused of the crime.  Dr. Mendel is a pioneer in “life-history” based forensic evaluations, as opposed to more traditional evaluations in the forensic field, which rely heavily upon psychological testing.

Dr. Matthew Mendel

“Since 1997, I have conducted forensic evaluations of male survivors of childhood abuse in both civil and criminal cases. I have worked on forensic cases in numerous states including of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and in Federal jurisdiction. Most of my forensic cases have involved capital murder, or death penalty, cases in which the defendant had been abused during his childhood. In these cases, I have conducted evaluations of the defendant in order to better understand the impact of childhood events – including trauma and abuse – upon his later functioning.”

Dr. Mendel

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Mendel CV

💬Both through my writing and my appearances in court, I am able to connect with and communicate effectively with the jurors encharged with determining a defendant’s fate. In these cases, I write a mini-biography of an individual charged with capital murder. By doing so, I help those who read my report or hear my testimony understand how his childhood — filled with tragedy and abuse — contributed to him developing into the adult he became.


PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1992

MA in Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1988

AB in Psychology, Princeton University, 1984


  • Licensed Psychologist, State of NORTH CAROLINA. License Number: 2156
  • PSYPACT Interstate Telepsychology  MOBILITY NUMBER: 10165
  • PSYPACT Inter Jurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) number: 10165

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • APA Division 41 – American Psychology-Law Society
  • North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA)
  • North Carolina Division of Independent Professional Practice (DIPP)
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists