Alisha R. Moreland-Capuia, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


A native Oregonian, Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia is a physician, scholar, educator and orator. Her thought leadership mobilizes our community to respond to critical social needs of the day. Dr. Moreland-Capuia is the executive director of the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing and assistant professor of psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine. She is also the Co-Founder of The Capuia Foundation (whose mission is to build a sustainable economy through healthcare, education and agriculture in Angola, Africa). She and her family built a primary care clinic in Angola. You may learn more about her international work by visiting

Dr. Moreland-Capuia earned a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from George Washington University. After medical school, Dr. Moreland-Capuia returned to Portland, where she completed four years of training in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction medicine, both at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). At OHSU, Dr. Moreland-Capuia developed a national violence prevention program, Healing Hurt People (HHP) Portland. *

With deep roots in and a steadfast commitment to serve the community she comes from, Dr. Moreland­-Capuia holds several distinct honors, among them being the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist. Frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health and education, she serves on several boards to include Prosper Portland Commission, the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Health Policy Workforce Committee, former Mayoral appointee to the Community Oversight Advisory Boardth and a former appointee to the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. An acclaimed leader and speaker, Dr. Moreland-Capuia lists her greatest accomplishment as that of being a wife and mother.

* HHP Portland is a partnership between Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Inc. and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. This hospital-based, community-focused violence prevention program serves males of color between the ages of I0 and 25 who have suffered from a penetrating trauma. HHP Portland takes a public-health approach to addressing the disease of violence. So far, the program has helped reduce repeat emergency-room visits, incidents of retaliation, reinjury, rearrest and the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in this young population.


  • B.S., 2002, Stanford University
  • M.D., 2007, M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine, 2007
  • Residency:

    • General adult psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, 2013
  • Fellowship:

    • Addiction psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland Veteran’s Administration, 2014
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2013

Memberships and associations

  • Oregon Psychiatric Association(OPA)



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