Department of Pediatrics - LEND Fellowship

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities & Related Disorders Program (LEND)

LEND is a collaborative program and interdisciplinary training program dedicated to improving the care of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and special healthcare needs funded through a federal grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCH). Trainees are primarily at the graduate level, and are selected on the basis of their leadership potential and career goals. An expansion of the LEND Program it to provide advanced training for Autism Spectrum Disorders was funded through the Combating Autism Act.

LEND provides specialty leadership training for Graduate/Postgraduate students in:

  • Audiology
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Education
  • Family Advocacy
  • Health Administration
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology

LEND gives advanced trainees the tools to become expert clinicians in their disciplines in the care of children with developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses and their families, and to become leaders in interdisciplinary service to this population. LEND also supports healthcare systems at the local, regional, state, and national levels through research, continuing education, and program development.

Duration of Training

Varies by discipline, from 3-24 months.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of their program, each long-term trainee will:

  • Demonstrate clinical expertise
  • Understand the principles and practice of prevention of developmental disabilities
  • Understand the perspectives of families from many cultural backgrounds
  • Be able to participate skillfully in interdisciplinary teams
  • Understand the system providing service to children with disabilities and their families
  • Be able to evaluate and perform clinical research
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in teaching, strategic planning, and project administration and evaluation

More information on LEND competencies.

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