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The University’s Behavior Analysis Program Director, Dr. Michael E. Kelley, is committed to providing outcomes that reduce burdens on families. Right now, families affected by ASD face unprecedented burdens.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Scranton has developed a series of informational and educational online “Town Hall” style events related to ASD and associated disorders.

Upcoming events are listed below and you can access recordings of previous events here.

Autism Services in America: A talk with Christopher Banks

July 9th 1-2:00 p.m. 

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Christopher Banks was named the Autism Society of America’s President and CEO starting in January 2020. Banks has a comprehensive background in human services and the healthcare arena, where he’s had a successful record of increasing fundraising efforts, measurably improving revenue strategies, and being a transformational leader committed to diversity and cultural growth. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Development and Community Engagement at Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, Maryland; here, he provided leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of all philanthropic and community engagement efforts. His daily work supported the organization’s impact strategy, and aimed to accelerate growth while building strong community partners.

Previously, Chris Banks served in a variety of leadership roles at Bon Secours Charity Health System in Suffern, New York, along with Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. At both organizations, Chris established long-lasting relationships with external partners, philanthropic organizations and elected officials to further policy efforts and fundraising activities. He ensured that strategic efforts supported the brand’s mission and values, and was committed to cross-functional leadership across large teams.
Chris has an MBA in Finance from Manhattan College, and his MS and BA degrees from University of Scranton.



  • All meetings are virtual town halls and will be held using the ZOOM platform.
  • All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time.
  • As more content is developed, the ACCE will communicate with the community about upcoming opportunities.


Disclaimer:  All live sessions will be recorded. If you do not want your image to be recorded, please do not turn on your video. Participants may also be muted in these sessions, and questions can be submitted through the Chat or Q&A feature.  Recordings will be made available.