Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center LEND program is funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The Bureau seeks to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities and their families, and to ensure that future leaders and clinicians have the skills and expertise to provide quality services and systems that will enhance the lives of this population.

The UMMS-Shriver Center LEND program is one of 39 national programs. Our broad and comprehensive program is designed to:

  • increase the number of leaders and clinicians prepared to create and lead family-centered, culturally competent, community-based systems of care for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families;
  • increase the knowledge, skills, and competence of professionals, families, and other stakeholders in the field;
  • provide clinical services that directly benefit children with autism and other developmental disabilities;
  • advance scientific knowledge in the field; and
  • provide technical assistance, consultation, and advocacy to improve clinical practice and service systems

Program Tracks

The UMMS-Shriver Center LEND program consists of two concurrent training programs:

LEND Program Competencies

The UMMS-Shriver LEND program prepares Leadership in Clinical Care trainees and Advanced Leadership fellows to meet a comprehensive set of competencies, which includes the MCHB Leadership Competencies and additional UMMS-Shriver Center LEND program competencies.

For more information, contact:

Carol Curtin, MSW, LEND Associate Director & Training Director via email at: Carol.Curtin@umassmed.edu or by phone at 774-455-6527.