LEND Boston

The LEND program at Boston Children's Hospital is in the first year of our new five-year award. We continue to offer interdisciplinary training to a new cohort of LEND fellows each year. This year there are 23 fellows representing 14 disciplines. Fellows participate in a series of didactic seminars and courses each Friday from September through mid-May. Course work focuses on interdisciplinary evaluations, Life Course perspective and public health, cultural humility and anti-racism, family-centered care and the medical home. Seminars devoted to clinical discussions, evidence-based research, Autism Spectrum Disorder, management/conflict resolution, and disability policy are offered through the year.

Fellows also participate in community visits to families and to Title V program directors. Most fellows affiliate with a community-based organization (CBO) that offer services to diverse populations throughout the Boston area. These include the Haitian-American Public Health Initiative (HAPHI), Somali Development Center, Family Nurturing, Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Somali Parent Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE), Children's Communication Center Beverly School for the Deaf, Foundación Cambiando El Mundo De Personas Con Discapacidad (CEMDPCD), and Mass Act Early. This year, with placements in our Autism Spectrum Center and Zander Translational Neuroscience Center/Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Center, we have added two new opportunities for Fellows to participate in the movement to create a more Autism-Friendly Hospital at Boston Children’s and to provide input into how research on intellectual and developmental disability is conducted and communicated.

Other fellows who are Pediatric Audiology Externs, Developmental Behavioral Pediatric (DBP), Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Fellows, Post-Doc psychologists, or OT and PT residents focus much of their attention on their clinical work at Boston Children's. These Clinical Fellows are often team members of the LEND/flex team or the Down Syndrome Program. Near the end of the year fellows are invited to go to Washington DC for the annual Disability Policy Seminar that culminates with visits to Capitol Hill with their elected Representatives and Senators. This has been a virtual meeting the past two years, but we are hopeful for an in-person conference this spring. The end-of-year convocation will be in May 2022.

2021-2022 LEND Fellows

Lend Fellows for 2021-22

Top row: Christina Briscoe Abath, Victoria Aguilar, Zeinab Azarmand, Thomas Blakely, Meredith Braza, Julie Burns, Katie Campbell
2nd row: Tyler Demes, Erin Dunphy, Rachel Drucker, Lauren Halladay, Alisa Lin, Katherine Lynch, Lindsay MacAuley
3rd row: Seth Manilove, Adriana Mason, Heather Mendez, Michael Oanea, Lauren O'Sullivan, Katherine Prince, Krystina Schultz
Bottom row: Riley Schweig, Arielle Spellun, Sara Young, Nancy Zaitchik

LEND Faculty

Lend Faculty for 2019-20

LEND Faculty

Left to right: Jason Fogler, Amy Szarkowski, Stephanie Porter, Angela Lombardo, Lauren Berman, David Helm, Kerim Munir, Yourlanda Johnson, Beverley Gilligan


Seeking Applications for Self-Advocate Fellowship

The LEND Program is seeking a self-advocate with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to take part in a fellowship starting this September.

Dr. Kerim Munir leads Autism Forum at World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)

Munir and Helm in Qatar

David Helm, Muhammad Waqar Azeem, Kerim Munir in Doha, Qatar

WISH report

WISH Summit Report

Kerim Munir, MD, along with David Helm, PhD, Tara Lavelle, PhD (former fellow with Dr. Munir) and Muhammad Waqar Azeem, MD (former LEND fellow and student of Dr. Munir) conducted extensive research interviewing over 25 leaders in Autism from over a dozen countries about developing a framework to begin to meet the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The report was presented before 1,400 delegates at the World Innovation Summit for Health: A Healthier World Through Global Collaboration in Doha, Qatar representing over 25 countries. (Conference report: Autism: A Global Framework for Action.) Posters from this work were presented at IMFAR, Autism CARES, and AUCD conferences and a chapter will appear later this year in the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders.