Experts to Discuss Autism

Mar 09, 2021

Cal U's John Massella and Stephanie Stern will speak at 11 a.m. March 16.

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The Student Affairs Diversity Committee at California University of Pennsylvania will present “Autism 101: Your Questions Answered,” featuring Dr. John Massella, director of the Office of Students with Disabilities, and Stephanie Stern, from the Counseling Center.

The free virtual presentation will be at 11 a.m. March 16. Visit 

The one-hour presentation will discuss diagnostic criteria, prevalence, symptoms and characteristics, and tips for interacting and socializing with autistic individuals.

Massella is a professor and licensed professional counselor who worked in the field of substance use disorders at Gateway Rehabilitation for three decades before coming to Cal U in 2010. He is the parent of an autistic child, familiar with the signs and symptoms as well the process of accessing services in Pennsylvania.

Stern is an assistant professor and licensed professional counselor in the Cal U Counseling Center. She is a licensed behavior specialist, a certificated Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist (TF-CBT), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), and an approved clinical supervisor (ACS). Stephanie’s 20 years of clinical experience includes a focus on children and young adults with autism.