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My Academic Journey

Dr. Kapoor is one of the very few mental health clinicians in the United States who have obtained dual doctoral training in both psychiatry and clinical psychology. 


Dr. Kapoor completed a Clinical Psychology PhD at The University of Alabama. She completed a clinical psychology residency and fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. Following this, Dr. Kapoor completed a General Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston. She was a research track resident and conducted studies to examine the impact of psychological trauma on opioid use disorder. She is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University in India.

Dr. Kapoor's first job was a faculty position at Baylor College of Medicine with a primary appointment at The Menninger Clinic, Houston. She served as an attending for the Compass Young Adults Program. Most recently, she served as a Senior Associate Consultant of Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic, AZ working with individuals with cancer-related distress, end-of-life issues, and complex trauma including medical traumatization and neurological functional disorders. 


Dr. Kapoor's clinical work, treatment philosophy, and professional identity have been greatly influenced by her work with individuals with chronic pain in rural Alabama with very few resources as well as severely traumatized women who were survivors of childhood abuse with chronic suicidality at Grady Memorial, Atlanta, GA. At Menninger, she continued her work in trauma, particularly focused on developmental and attachment trauma.  During her time at Mayo, she worked with cancer-related distress, women's mental health, complex trauma, and functional neurological disorders. She has experience treating young adults, adolescents, women, individuals with chronic pain and somatic disorders, suicidality, complex PTSD.  


Combining her training as a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist, her expertise includes psychodynamic psychotherapy,  feminist psychotherapy, mindfulness-based interventions, existential therapy,  supportive psychotherapy, medication management, group psychotherapy, and family/couples therapy. 

Dr. Kapoor is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Shweta Kapoor, MD, PhD
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My Story

I was born and raised in northern India. My hometown is Chandigarh, a beautiful and thriving metropolitan city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. I was raised by my physician dad and History Professor mom who gave up her career to be fully present in my siblings and my life. One of my parents' enduring legacy is the empathy they displayed towards those who were less fortunate. They unfailingly treated everyone with respect, extending  a helping hand even if they were struggling themselves. This laid the foundation for us to appreciate humanism and the giving way of life.


I was always passionate about becoming a doctor. As a child, I spent countless hours running around my dad's clinic and marveling at the magic of medicine done competently and empathically. There were a few phases during high school when I wanted to pursue fine arts to become a caricature and charcoal artist. However, ultimately my love for healing trumped everything else. I am a trained portrait artist and continue to do charcoal, pastel, and oil paintings. 

After immigrating to the United States as well as a lot of soul-searching, I decided to break away from the traditional and expected pursual of residency. Instead, I decided to complete a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Although the path was difficult sometimes due to self-doubt and worries of being on a non-traditional path,  I kept swimming. This risky endeavor ended up being one of the best decisions of my life. I loved psychotherapy, teaching, and clinical research.  Another curveball in my professional life came when I was offered the opportunity to complete psychiatry residency immediately following my psychology fellowship. I have never said no to opportunities being curious and self-challenging by nature, so I took it up. My professional life came full circle. I felt complete as a mental health clinician. 

Along the way, I got married to a wonderful and supportive husband and now am the proud and doting mother to my two wild children who sometimes drive me nuts but are the joy of my life. 

I have worked extensively with indigent, highly traumatized populations with a variety of psychiatric illnesses. I strongly believe that an individual is not their psychiatric diagnoses, they are someone who happens to have psychological challenges. One of the most important lessons for me has been that when we treat the individual and not the diagnostic label, the outcomes are so much better. It helps establish meaningful therapeutic relationship that facilitates change for the patient. I am beyond grateful to have found my calling. I do not take this privilege lightly and strive to be a better clinician everyday.  

I hope we can work together and that I can help you find the peace, calmness, and answers about your life experiences you may be seeking.  

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