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Biographical Information; Boarding School; Pembroke College at Brown University; Marriage to Joseph Matarazzo; Management Training Program at Harvard; Washington University; Jeanne Phillips/George Saslow; Harvard University Medical School; Research Projects; Recruitment to University of Oregon School of Medicine; Department of Medical Psychology; Psychology and Psychiatric Clinics; Departmental Funding; Working Relationships; Women Faculty and Students/Pay Parity; Life in Portland; University Hospital/Multnomah County Hospital; Growth of University/School of Nursing; Becoming a University; Deans and Presidents; Development of Medical Psychology; Private Practice/Psychological Evaluations; Interview and Pregnancy


Matarazzo talks about her childhood, her education, her marriage to Joseph Matarazzo, her move to St. Louis to continue her graduate studies in psychology, and her research at Harvard Medical School on psychiatric interviewing. She recalls her move to the University of Oregon Medical School, Portland, Oregon as part of a research team which included her husband and Dr. George Saslow and Jeanne Phillips. She talks about her involvement in psychiatric services for inpatients at the University, where she assisted in the redesign of the psychiatric ward in University Hospital South, and her research in medical psychology as well as research projects with Ralph Benson in OB-GYN, David Bristow in cardiology and Cecile Sunderland in pediatric cardiology. She comments on changes over the decades in the Department of Medical Psychology and Department of Psychiatry. She recalls her memories of Dean David Baird, Dean Charles Holman, Presidents Lewis Bluemle and Leonard Laster, Dean Carol Lindeman, and others through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s at the University.


Transcript of oral history interview with Ruth Matarazzo, conducted on May 8, 1998 by Michael O'Rourke


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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