USC occupational therapist and former chair of USC’s Occupational Therapy Board of Councilors Janice Setsuko Matsutsuyu died June 1. She was 71.
Born in 1934 in Long Beach, Matsutsuyu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and earned her masters degree in the field at USC.
Matsutsuyu spent the majority of her career at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), where she served beginning in 1961 as associate chief and later as chief of rehabilitation services. She remained in that position until her retirement in 1992. During her tenure at NPI she also served as the program director of the adult and geriatric day treatment program.
In addition to her work at NPI, she contributed significantly to her profession as a clinical instructor in occupational therapy at USC, published articles and book chapters and presented scholarly materials at occupational therapy conferences and workshops.
She also served the occupational therapy community in numerous state and national leadership positions, including as vice president of the Southern California Occupational Therapy Association, secretary of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, chair of the Los Angeles Leadership Forum, scholarship chair for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy, member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and chair of the Council on Practice for the American Occupational Therapy Association.