Alabama Maternal and Child Health Leadership Network


Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

School of Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)


Fred Biasini, PhD
Phone: 205-934-9465
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The UAB LEND interdisciplinary training program has been continuously funded since 1976. Through the training of advanced graduate students, technical assistance to parents and professionals, and continuing education we hope to improve the well being and quality of life of individuals and families affected by developmental disabilities. Using a comprehensive and coordinated interdisciplinary approach, the UAB LEND program provides high quality clinical leadership training to graduate students from all relevant disciplines that provide services to children with or at-risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. The UAB LEND program is clinic- and community-based, family-focused, and oriented to the development of a firm understanding of cultural and sub-cultural issues. Each year we provide training to over 40 long-term (300+ hours) and more than 40 short- or medium-term trainees from the following disciplines: Pediatrics, Dentistry, Nutrition, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Speech/Language Pathology, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Special Education, and Administration. All long-term trainees are eligible for stipend support.


To improve the lives of children/youth with Neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families by providing interdisciplinary leadership education to prospective and current health professionals who plan and provide services for individuals and their families.


Provides long-term training opportunities for the disciplines of: Audiology, Child Neurology, Consumer Advocacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Speech/Language and others.


Faculty and trainees participate in ongoing research efforts including those related to the potential challenges associated with prematurity, autism spectrum disorders, rare genetic disorders, and promising intervention approaches.


Interdisciplinary services are provided through and community-based programs that focus on education and a range of developmental, health, and behavioral concerns.

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Valisia Davis, MSN, CRNP, 2010

Valisia Davis, MSN, CRNP, 2010

ACQUIREc OT, Jackie Brunson, 2010

ACQUIREc OT, Jackie Brunson, 2010

Former Trainee and Current OT, Candace Davis, 201

Former Trainee and Current OT, Candace Davis, 2010

2008-2009 Audiology Trainee,

2008-2009 Audiology Trainee,
Laurie McDaniel