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DECEMBER 4

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Better Together: Scott and Jocelyn Masotti Provide Community Support During Uncertain Times

Lebanon Valley College graduates Scott and Jocelyn Masotti pose with their daughter

Scott Masotti ’13, M’18 and Jocelyn Masotti ’12, M’15 are a true power duo. With Scott working as a mental health counselor and Jocelyn as a physician assistant, their collective passion for helping the community shone through during the past few months as families found themselves in unfamiliar territory. 

“I want to do everything I can to help my community,” said Jocelyn. “Providing children with a safe and supportive environment is something I always strive to do.”

Jocelyn works as a pediatric physician assistant at Lehigh Valley Health Network Pediatrics. Due to Covid-19, Jocelyn shifted her focus from educating parents about how to tackle the subject with children and teens, to offering advice about how to familiarize younger children with the concept of wearing a mask.

“Although the younger population have shown milder COVID-19 symptoms, the changing times have greatly affected them mentally,” said Jocelyn. “Their lives have changed just as drastically as adults. I suggest parents offer comfort, support, and, most importantly, be honest with their children no matter their age.”

Scott works for the Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton as an outpatient mental health counselor with various clients, including couples, families, adults, children, adolescents, and bereavement support. This spring and summer, Scott worked with his local school district to improve mental health support offerings in the community and provide suicide prevention and mental health awareness assemblies to the incoming first-year classes.

“A large part of my work has been gathering and providing as many resources as possible for my clients,” said Scott. “Remaining available to provide support remotely has been challenging, but it has also been a learning experience that I hope will improve the mental health profession moving forward.”

Looking back on their time at LVC, Scott and Jocelyn are thankful for the connections and experiences made. Jocelyn thanks Dr. Dale Erskine, professor emeritus of biology, for playing a pivotal role in her ability to apply and implement classroom content into the professional world. She also starred on the Dutchmen field hockey team and remains the NCAA D-III all-time field hockey leader in scoring (300 points) and goals (141) and record-holder in several LVC categories. She is the program’s only four-time NCAA All-American. 

Scott recalled Dr. Sharon Arnold, associate professor emerita of sociology, having a profound impact on his confidence as a student and professional. 

“Dr. Arnold could see resources inside you that you may not have seen yourself,” said Scott. “Her belief in my potential helped me achieve my educational and professional goals.”

Despite rapidly changing information, Scott and Jocelyn encourage everyone to maintain healthy mental and physical self-care habits. 

“Being a good role model is key,” said Jocelyn. “Let your kids see you practice safe practices. It is okay not to know an answer to a question, and it is okay to tell your child that. This honesty gives you a chance to research the answer together.” 

 

-- Parker Gallagher, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant