Mari Alexander is a medical provider and a psychotherapist, licensed as a Physician Assistant in Family Practice and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has focused on the inter-relationships of mind, body, and culture through her education and professional experiences as a clinician and a trainer. Mari completed the certificate program in Interpersonal Neurobiology from Portland State University in 2016. She has also received extensive training in Non-Violent Communication and earned certification as an Intercultural Communication Practitioner through the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon, Mari also served as faculty in the Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology certificate program at Portland Community College focusing on Diversity and Difference through an IPNB lens.
Mari has worked internationally in European and African countries as a clinician, researcher and cross-cultural trainer. She also co-directed a small organization focused on decreasing maternal mortality, Safe Passage to Motherhood. In the last 10 years her training has focused on culture, bias and racism in the workshops she’s offered to students and providers of medicine and mental health. She is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for GAINS. Her desire is to further her learning and impact in integration of mind, body and culture within the framework of Interpersonal Neurobiology with the guiding light to expand equity as we team across differences.