Psychology interns participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program, which is funded by a training grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Maternal and Child Health Bureau. LEND provides training in an interdisciplinary forum to trainees from multiple disciplines, including Audiology, Dentistry, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Health Care Administration, Nursing, Special Education, Speech and Language Pathology, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work. The LEND program is designed to meet five training objectives:
As LEND fellows, CHOP interns devote three to four hours per week to a Core Curriculum which provides: an overview of the etiology, diagnosis, and prevention of developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses, problem-based learning modules addressing the principles and practices of effective interdisciplinary team approaches to the care of children with special needs, interdisciplinary case management within the context of managed care, family-professional collaboration and family-centered care, cultural issues in caring for children, health care administration, public policy, advocacy, interpersonal leadership development, and research methods. The internship program research requirement is mentored through the LEND program. Psychology interns will spend approximately three additional hours per week on other LEND related activities, such as community and outreach programs regarding children with special needs, and work with families of children with special needs on improving the delivery of services and supports.
CHOP has also been awarded supplemental funding to support expanded training in ASD in collaboration with the Center for Autism Research. For all LEND fellows, this includes additional coursework in ASD, ASD research and community projects, training in ASD screening, and opportunities to observe ASD assessments at the Regional Autism Center.
One internship position is reserved for an intern who has selected Autism as their area of emphasis. This intern will participate in the LEND program, complete the Autism Assessment Rotations, focus on Autism in their research, and will participate as a postdoctoral fellow through the Center for Autism Research following the internship year.