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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.

Sharon Feucht  

Beth Gendler, MSW, LICSW

Responsibilities: Beth Gendler is a Social Worker in the Child Development Clinic (CDC) at the CHDD. Her responsibilities in the clinic include meeting with the caregivers of children being assessed at the CDC. In this capacity, she conducts an in-depth psycho-social interview to assess the needs and concerns of the families in order to recommend resources for the families and provide information to other team members. In addition to being a part of the CDC team, she also served as the faculty mentor for the Self Advocate component of the LEND program for 2 years. Beth also works as the social worker at the FASDPN which is also part of the CHDD. She has worked in this capacity for over 19 years and has been in the field of substance abuse and women’s issues for over 30 years. Beth has also been involved in a variety of research projects in the field of FAS.

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.

Emily Williams  

Emily Williams, MSW

Responsibilities: Emily Williams is the social worker for the CHDD Child Development Clinic (CDC), Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic (CNC), and the Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic (DSSC). With a background in trauma-focused work, Emily provides comprehensive psychosocial assessments of families for children who have or are at increased risk of a developmental disability. As part of an interdisciplinary team, she assesses developmental and behavioral concerns to acquire diagnosis for team evaluation and develops treatment plans that include referrals to community resources. Emily provides feedback to families regarding diagnosis and treatment recommendations, providing clinical support and referrals for families with children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities, congenital cardiac defects, and Down Syndrome.


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