Dr. Laurie Jo Moore graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Distinction in 1969 during the height of the student resistance movement to the war in Vietnam.
She completed medical school and an internship in Portland, Oregon in 1975, the same year that SE Asia fell to the communists. Dr. Moore completed her psychiatric training and joined the faculty at the Oregon Health Sciences University in the 1980s when the first wave of SE Asian refugees immigrated to Portland. She has published articles on adversity, survival, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, racism, existential psychiatry, social psychiatry and cultural psychiatry. She is triple boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and she is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry.
She has a broad experience in all areas of psychiatry especially in cultural psychiatry which brought her to work in New Zealand and Australia.