LEND Occupational Therapy Fellowship

The Program:

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship in Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a post-degree program that offers intensive mentorship to occupational therapy professionals specializing in pediatrics. An Occupational Therapy Fellow in the LEND program should be a top student in the field of occupational therapy. A fellow should have a strong interest in becoming a leader in the field of pediatric occupational therapy through teaching, research, clinical practice, and/or administration or policy-making.

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. An OT fellow would have the opportunity to collaborate with other trainees in speech and language pathology, psychology, social work, physical therapy, and developmental pediatrics.

The Fellowship in Occupational Therapy includes:

  • Active participation in clinical care at CDRC clinics in Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
  • Mentored research project and research presentation
  • Community placement
  • Leadership and teaching opportunities
  • Weekly interdisciplinary forums with LEND fellows with topics related to community outreach, policy development, and family issues that affect children with disabilities
  • Opportunities for continuing education

The fellowship typically begins in late August or early September. It is a 10-12 month commitment. A modest stipend will be provided. Our current occupational therapy staff consists of 5 knowledgeable occupational therapists with 10-25 years of experience in pediatric evaluation and treatment. Our specialties include:

  • Autism parent training program
  • Feeding evaluation and treatment
  • Sensory integration
  • Assistive technology
  • Pediatric splinting
  • Constraint-induced movement therapy and bimanual training
  • Neurodevelopmental evaluation and treatment
  • Adolescent transition services


  • Applicants for the internship must have completed an accredited program in occupational therapy.
  • Applicants must be eligible for licensure in Oregon and have applied for licensure before the start of the fellowship
  • Extensive experience in pediatrics (beyond OT experience)
  • Interest in clinical-based research

How to Apply

The following must be submitted for a complete application by March 30th, 2015:

  • A formal letter of intent. Within two pages, outline your background and areas of interest, state your goals for the fellowship, and describe your vision of how the fellowship experience will enhance your career
  • Current Resume
  • An official transcript of your graduate work
  • Two letters of reference and contact information for two references.
  • Please submit all application materials together via e-mail solondzk@ohsu.edu (transcripts can be mailed to Kim Solondz, MS, OTR/L, CDRC 707 SW Gaines Rd. Portland, OR 97239)
  • Letters of reference may be e-mailed separately to solondzk@ohsu.edu

Additional information:

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Kim Solondz, MS, OTR/L
LEND Training Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
OHSU Institute on Development & Disability
LEND Program
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239

Phone: 503 494-8315
Fax: 503 494-6868