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Carla A. Mazefsky, PhD, LCP

Job Title Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-692-5560 Phone
412-692-7428 Fax

Education and Training

Graduate School:

2002 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; MS, Clinical Psychology
2005 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; PhD, Clinical Psychology
2005 Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI; Doctoral Internship, Child Clinical Psychology


2006 Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


  • International Society for Autism Research
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT)
  • AABT Autism Special Interest Group
  • Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA)

Board Certifications

  • PA Licensed Psychologist


  • Mazefsky, C.A., & Oswald, D.P. (2006). Emotion perception in Asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism: The importance of diagnostic criteria and cue intensity. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, online first.
  • Mazefsky, C.A., & Oswald, D.P. (2006). The discriminative ability and diagnostic utility of the ADOS-G, ADI-R, and GARS with children from a clinical setting. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 10, 533-549.
  • Oswald, D.P., & Mazefsky, C.A. (2006). Autism and Bad Behavior. [Review of the books People with Autism Behaving Badly and Mental Health Aspects of Autism and Asperger Syndrome. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 51(20).
  • Oswald, D.P., & Mazefsky, C.A. (2006). Evidence-based interventions for internalizing disorders. Psychology in the Schools (Special Issue - Psychopathology in the Schools), 43, 439-450.
  • Mazefsky, C.A. & Farrell, A.D. (2005). The role of parenting practices and family support in aggression in rural adolescents: An examination of mediating and moderating effects. The Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 71-85.
  • Shean, G.D., Abel, E., & DiSalvo, C. (2003). Interpersonal aspects of the syndromes of schizophrenia. Psychopathology, 36, 113-116.
  • Oswald, D.P., & DiSalvo, C. (2003). Adaptive behavior assessment. In T. H. Ollendick & C. S. Schroeder (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Pediatric and Clinical Child Psychology. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: New York.
  • DiSalvo, C., & Oswald, D. (2002). Peer-mediated socialization interventions for children with autism: A consideration of peer expectancies. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 17, 198-207.
  • DiSalvo, C., & McCullough, J.P. (2002). Treating a chronically depressed adolescent female using the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy: A case study. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 32, 273-280.

Biography Summary

Carla A. Mazefsky, PhD, LCP, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mazefsky joined the team at the Child Development Unit of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in August of 2006, bringing with her a wealth of experience and expertise in the diagnosis of children with suspected autism spectrum disorders and research on autism. She began her focus on autism as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary where she earned a B.S. in psychology with high honors and gained experience as an ABA therapist for young children with autism. As a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), she continued her focus on autism as clinic coordinator of a multidisciplinary diagnostic clinic for autism spectrum disorders and with research on autism that was recognized with the VCU Outstanding Clinical Psychology Student Award, the VCU School of Graduate Studies Merit-based Dissertation Fellowship, and the Deborah Braffman-Shroeder Award for Excellence in Research. Before completing her PhD in clinical psychology, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at Brown University School of Medicine where she was the first intern to pass the Developmental Disabilities rotation with distinction. She also completed an NIH T-32 postdoctoral research fellowship in psychiatric genetics at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics before coming to Pittsburgh.

The overall goal of Dr. Mazefsky's research is to clarify factors related to psychiatric disorders and emotional reactions and experiences in older children and adolescents with high-functioning autism or Asperger's disorder. More specifically, Dr. Mazefsky's research carefully considers multiple potential contributors to the complexity of emotional functioning in autism, from individual behavioral and cognitive characteristics to underlying genetics. This information can then be used to inform treatment and identify methods to promote emotional stability in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Mazefsky is the Principal Investigator on a currently funded study from the Organization of Autism Research that is focused on improving the assessment of psychiatric disorders in adolescents with high-functioning autism and Asperger's disorder. Dr. Mazefsky also collaborates with Dr. Nancy Minshew at the Pittsburgh Autism Center of Excellence on Autism Research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Mazefsky is a licensed psychologist. She is a member of the International Society for Autism Research, American Psychological Association, and the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies. She is also an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Comorbidity in Asperger's Syndrome
  • Psychiatric Comorbidity in High-functioning Autism and Asperger's Disorder
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Recipient
Last Update
September 9, 2010
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September 9, 2010