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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
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Social Work

Sally Stuart  

Sally Stuart, PhD, LICSW
Discipline Leader
UW LEND Training Director


Responsibilities: Sally Stuart is the Interdisciplinary Training Director for the UW LEND Program. She is responsible for planning and implementation of interdisciplinary leadership training for all fellows. She is a presenter of Introduction to Leadership, Interdisciplinary Team Process, Children with Special Health Care Needs, and other related seminars. Dr. Stuart is also the Discipline Leader for Social Work and supervises social work fellows. She serves on the CE/TA Committee and is responsible for the parent information website and related materials. She has public health training and experience.

Linda Backenstose  

Linda Backenstose, MSW, LICSW

Responsibilities: Linda Backenstose provides Social Work Services for children and families in the Child Development Clinic in the Clinical Training Unit of the UW LEND Program. Linda is a Practicum Instructor for Graduate Social Work students for the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. Linda also has been a presenter in the Core Seminar Series. Linda provides Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Consultations for Compass Health, Tulalip Tribes and Bridgeways in Snohomish County, WA. Linda is also owner/clinician of Monroe Family Counseling Associates in Monroe WA.

Janet Garretson  

Janet Hamovitch, MSW, LICSW

Responsibilities: Janet Hamovitch is the social worker for the Pediatric Phenylketonuria (PKU) Program and for the Adult PKU Program. She provides direct service to families, to ensure each family has the financial and emotional resources to support optimum compliance of their child’s PKU management. She coordinates the parent support groups at monthly clinics, for parents of infants, elementary school-age children, and adolescents. She also oversees fellows as they are involved in the PKU Program. Janet makes all appointments for annual visits with adult PKU population, provides direct service to adults to support optimum dietary management (assists with insurance issues and provides emotional support to patient and their spouses) and makes certain that all adults with PKU send in blood samples on a regular basis. She is also the liaison to the Washington State Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Program to insure timely formula shipments.


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