Pediatric Occupational Therapy Residency Program

About the Program:

The Institute on Development and Disability Occupational Therapy (IDD-OT) Residency Program is designed for an occupational therapist who aspires to be a leader in the field of pediatric occupational therapy, with specific focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities. The IDD-OT Resident will gain advanced clinical skills in client-centered assessment and treatment of children and youth with special health care needs throughout the lifespan. The residency program also encompasses education, leadership, and research.

The IDD-OT program is currently in applicant (submitted 12/2015) status with AOTA. Please check http://www.aota.org/education-careers/advance-career/residency.aspx for additional updates.

Program Details:

  • The IDD-OT Residency program functions within the Leadership Education in Neurdoevelopmental & Related Disabilities Program (LEND) at OHSU. LEND programs are funded throughout the country by a grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The LEND program at the CDRC is recognized as one of the premier training programs in the country for training medical professionals in clinical care, research, community outreach, and advocacy for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • The IDD-OT resident is hired as Post-doctoral researcher within the school of medicine at OHSU. The IDD-OT resident spends time in clinical care, research, program development, and education. At least 40% of the clinical experience is mentored and the IDD-OT resident also receives mentorship in teaching, research, and leadership. Salary is approximately ¾ the salary of an entry-level OT salary at OHSU. 
  • The residency is split into four rotations: Neurodevelopmental Feeding, Neurodevelopment, Autism, and Lifespan Transition. The IDD-OT resident will spend approximately four months in each rotation, working on an interdisciplinary clinical team and providing intervention services.  

Qualifications: 

  • Applicants for the residency must have completed an accredited program in occupational therapy (include official transcript of graduate work).
  • Applicants must be eligible for licensure in Oregon and have obtained licensure by May 31st of the residency start year. 
  • Applicants must be registered with NBCOT. 
  • Extensive experience in pediatrics (including work experience, fieldwork experience, or other experience outside of the OT profession).
  • Current CV
  • Formal letter of intent including: 
    • Goals for residency year
    • Leadership capabilities
    • Research interests
  • 3 letters of reference:
    • Please email directly to Kim Solondz, MS, OTR/L at
    • Letters should be from individuals who can comment on your candidacy for the residency
    • Please provide contact information for each reference you provide

Important dates: 

  • Applications are due by 12:00 AM PST on February 29
  • On-site interviews will take place mid-March
  • Decision will be made by April 1st
  • Credentialing and enrollment paperwork for OHSU must be completed by May 15th
  • Residency starts Mid-late August and lasts for 12 months

Apply here at the OHSU Job Site

Please contact Kim Solondz, MS, OTR/L, Residency director at 503 494-8315 or with any additional questions.