Jeff Matranga, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr Jeff Matranga

Dr. Matranga is the owner and director of Health Psych Maine; he is grateful to be surrounded by a team of excellent professionals and support staff.   

Dr. Matranga is a psychologist specializing in: 

  • Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine such as coping with and adjusting to chronic and catastrophic illness and making lifestyle changes to increase wellness. 
  • Treatment of anxiety disorders including worry/Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD), Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia).

Treatment modalities generally include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based CBT.

Dr. Matranga served as President of the Maine Psychological Association for 2012 and 2013. 

Dr. Matranga was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 by the graduating Family Practice Residents from the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program, where he does some teaching and precepting.  Working with the residents and faculty is an honor and a pleasure.  

Dr. Matranga has specialized training and extensive experience working with “mind-body” problems -- behavioral medicine/health psychology.  This includes a post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at the University of Utah Medical Center followed by almost 30 years of experience working with patients with those issues.   He is board-certified (Diplomate) in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), is a Fellow in and served as a board member for the American Academy of Health Psychology.

Dr. Matranga serves on the advisory board for the Prevention and Healthy Living program at MaineGeneral; created by the generous philanthropy of Peter Alfond which offers affordable wellness classes in topics ranging from healthy cooking to meditation and yoga. 

In order to help provide free support for those cultivating a meditation practice, Dr. Matranga launched a free secular meditation group at School Street Yoga in 2012, which has now grown into two groups with a wonderful team of rotating facilitators. 

Dr. Matranga also serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Film Center, which puts on the annual Maine International Film Festival and year-round programming of independent films at Railroad Square Cinema

In 2004, Dr. Matranga completed a postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology and passed the national Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP).

MarathonWith his background in CBT and in psychopharmacology, Dr. Matranga provides consultation, teaching, and lectures on evidence-based choices between the use of medications, therapy, or a combined approach for treating various problems.

He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine at Orono and previously at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He served two years on the psychology licensing board in Maine. He was editor of The Tablet, a newsletter reaching 800-1,000 psychologists (at that time) in Division 55 of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has actively participated in other volunteer positions and has spoken for three consecutive years at the national meeting of APA.

Dr. Matranga has enjoyed running since 1973 and has been balancing that with regular yoga since 2008; he enjoys taking classes from his favorite instructors – his wife, Jeri Wilson, and other teachers at School Street Yoga.  He has not missed a day of meditation in several years.  Dr. Matranga and his wife completed their first full marathon (26.2 miles) together in January of 2018, approaching the training as an extension of their mindfulness practice.  They are now in the process of training for the Missoula Marathon in July of 2018.