LoneStar LEND


MissionLonestar LEND

The LoneStar LEND is a collaborative effort between UTHealth, University of Houston, Texas Women’s University, University of Houston- Clear Lake and Baylor College of Medicine. Its purpose is to improve global service delivery, including increased identification and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/ND), to children with ASD/ND across the state of Texas in the Core Disciplines. This is accomplished by providing training in the Texas Medical Center and across the entire state through a Distance Learning Initiative and annual conference.

The LoneStar LEND mission particularly promotes underrepresented and underserved children across Texas, teaching cultural and linguistic competency and family-centered care in an interdisciplinary model to produce future leaders equipped to serve children with ASD/ND.


LEND Core Disciplines:

  • Audiology
  • Family
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Health Care Administration
  • Medicine (Genetics, Child Neurology & Psychiatry, Developmental Pediatrics, Medical Home)
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology: Assessment and Intervention
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Special Education

Additional Disciplines:

Advocacy, Bioethics, Cultural Diversity & Competence, Disability Law, Leadership, Public Health, Texas State


The LoneStar LEND seeks to create leaders in the field of Autistic Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/ND) through an interdisciplinary training model focusing on leadership, cultural competence and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are available for students, health care professionals, parents, teachers, and the general public through our many education programs.

  • Long-Term Trainee Program: Provides leadership training to medical residents and graduate students at the Master’s, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate level whose focus of study is within one of the Core Disciplines. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes didactic courses, clinical practica, community field experiences, research and a family mentorship experience. Students selected to participate as Long-Term Trainees (LTT) complete 300+ hours of activities per year in addition to their discipline-specific academic requirements. Stipend support commensurate with educational level, plus conference registrations and local travel expenses for clinical practica, is available to ten LTT’s annually.

    The application for the 2015-2016 LEND Program is now open!

    There are four categories under which an applicant may apply:

    Pre / Post Doctoral Student- Graduate students who will be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education during the LEND year
    Pre / Post Doctoral Trainee Application

    Professional Trainee- Professionals who will be employed in the field of one of the 14 core disciplines during the LEND year
    Professional Trainee Application

    Family Trainee- Parent, guardian or sibling of individual with ASD/ND
    Family Trainee Application

    Self-Advocate / Individual with ASD/ND- Individual diagnosed with ASD or other ND
    Self-Advocate Trainee Application

  • Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program:  Rotations of one month or more duration for residents/fellows/undergraduates/graduate students from collaborating and other institutions, including participation in the didactic Seminars and Clinical Practicum experiences. MTT’s will complete 40-299 hours.

    Application for MTT Program

  • Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program: anyone in the community, from high school students to parents to health care professionals, may attend the didactic seminars. In the summer of 2014, a distance learning initiative will be implemented consisting of web-based didactic seminars and pertinent clinical topics, providing CEUs at no cost to all providers of childcare services in the State of Texas. STT’s complete up to 40 hours.

    No application necessary. Contact Zach McKenzie at Zachary.R.McKenzie@uth.tmc.edu for more information.

  • Didactic Seminars:  2hr seminars presented by LEND Faculty in the 14 Core Disciplines, plus related topics presented by leaders in associated fields.

Schedule of Didactic Seminars: Spring 2015

Click here to register!

The LoneStar LEND program is funded by Grant no. T73MC22236 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We are part of a national network of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs funded by HRSA, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

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