LEND Occupational Therapy Fellowship

About the program

Diversity is a core value of the Institute on Development and Disability at OHSU. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. The Institute on Development and Disability Occupational Therapy (IDD-OT) Program designed a fellowship for occupational therapists who aspire to be leaders in the field of pediatric occupational therapy. The IDD-OT Fellow will gain advanced clinical skills in interprofessional collaborative evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. The Fellowship program also encompasses education, leadership and research.

The IDD-OT program is now an AOTA-Accredited Fellowship Site!

Program details

The IDD-OT Fellowship program functions within the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & 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.

Oregon Health & Science University hires the IDD-OT fellow within the School of Medicine. The IDD-OT fellow spends time in clinical care, research, program development and education. The IDD-OT fellow spends at least 40% of their time mentored by faculty in clinical care, teaching, scholarship and leadership promotion. There are four learning tracks:

  1. Neurodevelopmental Feeding
  2. Neurodevelopment
  3. Autism
  4. Transition through the lifespan.

The IDD-OT Fellow will spend two-four months in each rotation, working on an interdisciplinary clinical team and providing intervention services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

How to apply

  • Applicants for the fellowship program must complete an accredited program in occupational therapy before the start date. Applicants must be eligible for licensure in Oregon and have obtained licensure within one month of starting the program (by September 1st).
  • Extensive experience in pediatrics (including work experience, fieldwork experience or other experience outside of the OT profession).
  • Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective, and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion or multicultural competency.

Applications must include:

  • Current CV
  • Formal letter of intent. Please include answers to the following questions:
    • How does this fellowship program fit with your career goals?
    • What leadership experience do you bring to the fellowship?
    • Please share any experience you have in working with individuals from backgrounds different from yours. How would this experience translate into working within a health care environment?
  • 3 letters of reference:
    • Please email letters directly to Erin Cochran, M.A., O.T.R./L. at cochraer@ohsu.edu 
    • Letters should be from individuals who can comment on your candidacy for the fellowship 
    • Please provide contact information for each reference you provide

Important dates

  • Applications for 2021 are closed
  • Applications for 2022 fellowship will open in January 2022 and will close February 28, 2022
  • Interviews will be completed in Spring 2022
  • Start date will be Summer 2022 and the fellowship will run through Summer 2023

Please contact Erin Cochran, M.A., O.T.R./L., Fellowship Director at 503-418-2039 or cochraer@ohsu.edu with any additional questions.