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What are the Core UW LEAH Disciplines?

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

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Who Are UW LEAH Trainees?

Long-Term Trainees

UW LEAH trainees are graduate students and mid-career health care professionals who seek to become leaders in adolescent health. Each year, we recruit and assemble a cohort of top candidates in each of the five core LEAH disciplines (medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work, and psychology) to learn in a multidisciplinary environment. Diversity within our faculty and trainees enhances the training experience for everyone and is highly valued within the UW LEAH program. 

LEAH Long-Term Trainee Requirements

UW LEAH long-term trainees complete 300+ hours of interdisciplinary leadership training. Typically, the training is completed over the course of three academic quarters beginning in September of the academic year. UW LEAH training experiences include: seminars, clinical rotations, and a mentored leadership project in the areas of research, advocacy, and program development or quality improvement.  The leadership training experience is individually tailored to the interests of the trainee. UW LEAH trainees complete their training onsite at Seattle Children's hospital and within near-by community-based programs.

Trainee application requirements:

  1. Current enrollment in a relevant advanced graduate program (e.g.masters degree or higher in nursing, social work, or nutrition.)

     2. Or, completion of:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology and completion of an APA accredited internship
  • Medical residency in an adolescent-related health field (e.g. pediatrics, family medicine.)

    3. Or, a mid-career community professional who is interested in additional leadership training

    4. The LEAH program requires that all funded trainees have U.S. citizenship.

How to Become a UW LEAH Long-Term Trainee

  1. Contact the UW LEAH Program Coordinator at
  2. The Program Coordinator can assist you with identifying the appropriate faculty person. Contact the designated faculty for your specific discipline.
  3. Complete and submit an application. Deadlines appear on the UW LEAH homepage.

UW LEAH faculty screen all applications and conduct interviews with potential trainees to assess their potential for success both during the program and as a leader following program completion.

Medium-Term & Short-Term Trainees

The UW LEAH program offers select opportunities for shorter term training on a case by case basis. For further information about these training opportunities contact UW LEAH faculty in your professional discipline.