UW LEND Program
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
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Who Are UW LEND Trainees?

Long Term Trainees

UW LEND trainees are top graduate students or mid-career health care professionals who seek to become leaders in public health service for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Such leadership may take the form of teaching, research, clinical practice, administration or policy making. The trainees come together to form a cohort of individuals representing all of the core LEND disciplines.

The UW LEND values diversity in its broadest context and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Diversity within our faculty and trainees enhances the training experience for everyone.

Short Term Trainees

There are opportunities for shorter term training in the UW LEND program. Short- and medium-term training is available to UW students and mid-career health care professionals practicing in the community. For further information about these training opportunities contact UW LEND faculty in your professional discipline or Sally Stuart, UW LEND Training Director.

What are the Core UW LEND Disciplines?

The UW LEND includes, but is not limited to, faculty and trainees in the following core disciplines :

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

What are the UW LEND Long-Term Trainee Requirements?

UW LEND long-term trainees complete 300 hours or more of advanced clinical and interdisciplinary leadership training. This training is typically completed within three academic quarters. UW LEND training includes didactic seminars, mentored clinical experiences, research, and hands-on introduction to administration and public policy. The training experience is individually tailored to the interests of the trainee.

Most UW LEND trainees complete their training onsite at the CHDD and within near-by community-based programs. For graduate students and professionals living in the WWAMI area (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho), opportunities are available to enroll as a distance-learning UW LEND trainee. All UW LEND trainees must complete a set of requirements which includes didactic, advanced clinical, and interdisciplinary leadership training.

How to Apply to UW LEND Long-Term Training Program

To apply, all prospective trainees must:

Have achieved the academic degree and training which constitutes basic professional level training for his/her field
Be a family member of a child with a neurodevelopmental or related disorder

Trainees may:

  • Be currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program
  • Be completing a post-doctoral fellowship
  • Be pursuing advanced certification or fellowship in their discipline
  • Be a mid-career community professional

Application Process

For more information about the application process.

For more information, contact:

Sally Stuart, PhD, LICSW
UW LEND Training Director
(206) 685-1350

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