Document Type



Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Biographical Information; Navy V-12 ROTC/Columbia University; Psychology Degree; Doctorate and Internship; Marriage to Ruth Matarazzo; Harvard University; Interview at University of Oregon Medical School; George Saslow; Jeanne Phillips; Dean David Baird; Samuel Kohs; Redesign of Psychiatric Ward; Dammasch State Hospital; Department of Medical Psychology; Curriculum; NIH/NIMH Funding; Psychiatry and Psychology; Charles Holman; Community Involvement; Becoming a University; President Lewis Bluemle; Hospital/Medical School Divisions; 1960's Culture on Campus; Robert Stone; Richard Jones; Administrative Duties; Leonard Laster; Faculty Private Practice; Peter Kohler; Overview of Medical Psychology; Family and Career


Matarazzo talks about his childhood, his education in psychology, his years at Washington University and Harvard Medical School, his move to Oregon to become chair of the Department of Medical Psychology at University of Oregon Medical School in Portland in 1957, and his experiences and the changes he has seen at the University since then. Talks about the licensing of psychologists, his role in the establishing of the William Temple Counseling House, and about University leaders including Lewis Bluemle, Leonard Laster, Don Kassebaum, Robert Stone, Ransom Arthur, Richard Jones, and Peter Kohler.


Transcript of oral history interview with Joseph D. Matarazzo, Ph.D., conducted on May 1, 1998 by Michael O'Rourke


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


CC BY 4.0 (

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.