About Alicia Ruelaz Maher, M.D.
Dr. Alicia Ruelaz Maher, formerly Dr. Alicia Ruelaz, is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with subspecialty certification in Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr. Maher is passionate about neuroscience, culture, spirituality and medicine. Her own journey has led her everywhere from working at Mother Theresa’s Sisters of Mercy center for abandoned children in Calcutta, India to become Associate Director of the Psychiatric Consultation Service of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA.
Through over 15 years of studying, practicing and teaching in academic medicine, living yoga in yearly ashram retreats, and observing medical care during travel to more than 30 countries, Dr. Maher has developed a “Spiritual Neuroscience” that integrates alternative and western medicine, spirituality and neuroscience for innovation in current medical practice.
Dr. Maher has taught USC, UCSF and UCLA Medical students as well as Cedars-Sinai Psychiatry residents and has lectured to thousands of professionals and individuals. She has written many articles for medical journals and her expertise has been used by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), Medscape, Psychiatric Times, Journal of General Internal Medicine, The International Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and several others.
Dr. Maher has been named one of SoCal’s SuperDoctors for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Now, she has chosen to bring her Spiritual Neuroscience to those who desire tools and techniques to guide the journey of their own lives.
Dr. Maher is in private practice at:
Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine
520 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401