Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

How to Apply

Application procedures differ by discipline. Please see below for application instructions for each discipline.

Applications are accepted between September and May of each year, and training starts in July.

Audiology

Qualifications

Application process

Applications are accepted starting in September.

Please submit the following materials to Joy Peterson, AuD, CCC-A, petersonj@email.chop.edu:

Dentistry

LEND fellows can be enrolled in graduate training at the Master's level or above.

Application process

Please submit the following materials to LENDInfo@email.chop.edu:

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Pediatricians wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees must apply for a position in the three-year Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship training program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For more information on this fellowship program and to apply, please visit the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship website.

Family Member

Potential applicants must be a parent of a child with a neurodevelopmental and/or related disability.

Application process

Please submit the following materials to Amy Kratchman, Family Consultant, LEND Family Collaboration, kratchmana@email.chop.edu:

Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling LEND Fellows must be students of Arcadia University’s Genetic Counseling Master's program. To find more information on Program-Specific Admission Requirements, please visit Arcadia University’s website or contact Kathleen D. Valverde, MS, CGC, valverdk@arcadia.edu.

Healthcare Administration

LEND fellows can be enrolled in graduate training at the Master's level or above.

Application process

Please submit the following materials to LENDInfo@email.chop.edu:

Nursing

Ideal candidates for the nursing fellowship position are usually those who have completed a master's program in pediatric or family nursing or are post-masters or doctoral students who are interested in the fellowship as a way to develop specialization in working with children with developmental disabilities and chronic health conditions. Due to requirements of most nursing master's programs (which are full-time and include clinical rotations under the direction of a faculty supervisor), nurses are usually unable to do the fellowship as part of their master's degree program. Candidates are recruited from local graduate-level nursing programs including:

Nursing fellows make a significant contribution to the LEND team by bringing their clinical skills in nursing assessment (physical and psychosocial) as well expertise in clinical critical thinking, which is a major part of their education. They can also offer expertise in patient-family education and care coordination that is also an integral part of their graduate training.

Application process

Please submit the following materials to Desirée Fleck, Ph.D, CRNP, FLECKD@email.chop.edu:

Nutrition

Positions for LEND candidates in the discipline of nutrition are available at two educational levels:

Application process

Please submit the following materials to Virginia Stallings, MD, stallingsv@email.chop.edu:

Candidates may be accepted any time during the year; however, July start dates are desirable. Positions are offered for one year, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. Rarely, a candidate will be considered for a training period of less than one year.

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy Department advertises for its LEND Fellows in a variety of ways. Our goal is to search for an Occupational Therapist who has an interest in continued learning and research in a variety of areas within Occupational Therapy and related fields. Frequently, these OT LEND fellows are considered an OT I, recently out of school. However, we do consider Occupational Therapists who have more experience if they are interested in the LEND position to further enhance their clinical and professional growth and development.

The OT LEND fellow has 23 percent of his/her time devoted to the LEND program and 77 percent of his/her time devoted to the Occupational Therapy department as a treating therapist. We offer positions in a variety of areas, including outpatient, acute care and rehabilitation based on the needs of the Occupational Therapy Department, the LEND program and the applicants strengths and interests.

Application process

Please submit the following materials to Julie Buxton, MS, OTR/L, CBIST, BUXTON@email.chop.edu.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees must apply for a position in the one-year Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For more Information on this residency program, please see the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program page.

Psychology

Pre-doctoral psychology candidates wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees must apply for a position in the one-year predoctoral Psychology Internship Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Post-doctoral psychology candidates wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees are limited to those individuals accepted into a post-doctoral psychology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with involvement in the LEND Program considered on an individual basis.

Social Work

LEND fellows can be enrolled in graduate training at the Master's level or above.

Application process

Please submit the following materials to Symme Trachtenberg, MSW, LSW, Trachtenberg@email.chop.edu.

Special Education

Special Education LEND Fellows must be students of Temple University’s Special Education Program. To find more information on program-specific admission requirements, please visit Temple's website or contact Julie Kessler at jkessler@temple.edu.

Speech-Language Pathology

Applicants must have completed a Master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and be eligible to begin the ASHA Clinical Fellowship.

The Speech Lend Fellow has 23 percent of his/her time devoted to LEND and 77 percent devoted to the Speech Language Department.

Application process

Please submit the following materials to Jennifer Burstein, MA, CCC/SLP, Burstein@email.chop.edu:

A preliminary interview is conducted in person or by phone to establish interests and qualifications. After the interview, successful candidates will receive the official LEND application forms. Please submit the completed forms and letters of recommendation to:

LEND Program
3550 Market Street
Child Development
3rd Floor, Rm 3033B
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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