LEND Admission

UC-LEND is a graduate -level training program established to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are diagnosed with, or are at risk of developing, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities (DD).

Our program prepares trainees to assume leadership roles in the delivery of services to children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities in clinical practice, research, and public policy by providing interdisciplinary training opportunities for graduate-level trainees from a variety of professional disciplines, including: education, pediatric neurology, psychology, public health/policy, and social work.

UC-LEND is one of 52 LEND programs around the nation funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in 2016, and part of a larger network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

Our LEND program is a year-long graduate training program that occurs at two levels, according to training hours received.

All disciplines and fields of study are welcome. In past cohorts, disciplines included public health, public policy, social welfare, psychology, psychiatry, special education, law, and neurology.


Training Levels

Medium Term

Typically, medium-term trainees are those who are unable to take all of the required courses of a long-term trainee and/or they cannot commit to the capstone project requirement.

  • 40-299 hours of training
  • Requires application submission
  • 1 course (4 units)
  • Clinical hours

Long Term

Long-Term trainees are required to take one course each quarter (fall, winter, spring) over a 1-year period. Clinical hours and a capstone project is also required. The selection process for incoming long-term trainees is competitive. The applicant’s discipline, interest in the population being served, letters of recommendation, and interview will be taken into consideration.

  • 300+ hours of training
  • Requires application submission
  • 3 courses (8-units)
  • Clinical hours
  • Capstone project (individual or group)