Ruth G. Matarazzo, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN

RMatarazzo_scaledProfessor Emerita
Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and
Department of Psychiatry

1944, Dean Academy, Franklin, Massachusetts
1948, A.B., Pembroke College in Brown University, Rhode Island (with honors in Psychology)
1952, M.A., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
1951-1952, Jessie R. Barr Fellow, Washington University
1955, Ph.D., Washington University
1964, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology
1984, Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Examiners in Professor Psychology

Academic and Clinical Experience

Prior to joining the faculty of OHSU in 1957, Dr. Matarazzo was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1955-57 and a staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1956-57. She was an Assistant Professor in Medical Psychology at the University of Oregon Medical School from 1957-63, and an Associate Professor from 1963-68. She was promoted to Professor in 1968, and in 1997 became Professor Emerita at Oregon Health & Science University.

In addition to her work as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Matarazzo has taught and supervised medical students as well as psychology and psychiatry residents and fellows. She has published widely both in texts and peer reviewed journals, co-authored Behavioral Approaches to Rehabilitation: Coping with Change (Springer, New York, 1992), and has served on numerous editorial review boards. Over the years, she has also provided consultation to institutions and social service agencies, including Job Corps, Portland Center for Hearing and Speech, Oregon Division of Continuing Education, Children's Services Division, Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, Social Security Administration, and others. She was the OHSU Women Liaison Office to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Matarazzo has been listed in American Men and Women in Science, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. In 2007, she received the annual President's Award of the American Psychological Association for her lifetime of contribution to education and practice in Psychology as well as public service.


American Psychological Association (Fellow)
Western Psychological Association (Board of Directors)
Oregon Psychological Association (Past President)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society of Sigma Xi