Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Parsons, Oscar (1920–2000)

  • Russell AdamsEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_648

Education and Training

When Oscar Parsons was attending high school during the Great Depression, his father suffered a heart attack and could not work. In order to support his family while his father was ill, Parsons took up several different jobs from 1937 through 1944. Being intellectually inclined, he read extensively during this period of his life. His favorite book was Paul de Kruif’s The Microbe Hunters, which may have shaped his aspiration to become a Microbiologist. By 1944, when his father had recovered, Parsons volunteered for the Navy where he served as a hospital corpsman. He later enrolled in a premed program at Temple University and graduated with a BA in science in 1948. He also obtained his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Temple University and then enrolled in the Psychology Internship Program at Worcester State Hospital in Worcester, MA, in 1948–1949. Next, Parsons entered the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Duke University where he had a dual minor in...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA