Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia graduated from Stanford University in 2002 with a B.S. in biological sciences and a minor in urban studies. She earned her doctor of medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Alisha completed four years of psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. She is a board certified addiction psychiatrist who has facilitated systems change through community education/training/engagement and influencing policy that impacts youth. She is the co-founder of The Capuia Foundation – through the Foundation she and her family built a primary care clinic in Angola, Africa which provides subsidized care to thousands of Angolans annually.
Dr. Alisha has worked with judges, parole officers, school teachers, community members and faith based institutions training in the areas of cultural responsivity, brain development and trauma informed approaches and practices. Dr. Alisha authored a 500+ page textbook coming out July of 2019 entitled “Training for Change: Transforming Systems to be Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive and Neuroscientifically Focused.” She built a program entitled Healing Hurt People Portland – a hospital based, trauma informed, community focused youth violence prevention program that serves young males of color between the ages of 15-33 who’ve been stabbed, shot and or assaulted. She has committed her professional career to changing systems to optimally serve youth and families. Her working motto is that “systems change when people change and people change when they feel something.”