LEND Physical Therapy Residency

The Program:

For physical therapists who aspire to become leaders in the specialty of pediatrics we offer a full-time one year residency at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) at the OHSU Institute on Development and Disability. 

The Physical Therapy (PT) Residency functions within the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. The LEND program promotes leadership, research skills, and clinical expertise in graduate level health care professionals who intend to devote their careers to working with children, youth and adults with a variety of health conditions including developmental disabilities. This residency program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association.

This is a mentored clinical residency anchored in the CDRC population-based collaborative interprofessional outpatient clinics. The clinics address issues related to children, youth and adults presenting with health conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hemophilia, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, neonatal high-risk (follow-up), learning and attention difficulties, craniofacial disorders, and genetic and metabolic disorders. The resident will also have mentored clinical training in the acute care in-patient setting at Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH) and at one or several Early Intervention and Special Education settings within the Portland metropolitan area.

Additional mentored opportunities complement the LEND portion of this residency.  

The resident will participate in mentored clinical research, either by collaborating on an existing research project or by designing a protocol and testing their own research question.  Mentored experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission is an integral part of the residency.  

The resident will engage in management and advocacy projects related to the lives of children, youth and adults with a variety of health conditions.

With Mentored Clinical Experience as the primary focus, the PT Resident will:

  • Develop skills in examination, evaluation and intervention for children, youth and adults presenting with various health conditions in a variety of settings   
  • Enhance knowledge in all phases and domains of normal child development including physical, communication, behavioral, self care and cognitive.  
  • Develop awareness of the function of the 12 other disciplines in the LEND Program and their roles in the inter-professional process   
  • Enhance appreciation of the impact of neurodevelopmental disabilities across the life span
  • Develop expertise in addressing pediatric health care episodes such as hospitalization, trauma, and acute illness  
  • Practice with knowledge of the importance of family, culture, and the community by addressing attitudes, economic factors, access to services, cultural awareness and legislation  
  • Develop skills in interviewing and collaborating with families for best management of health issues related to children, youth, young adults and adults with various health conditions.

The Program Includes:

  • A weekly interdisciplinary leadership forum featuring guest speakers, with discussion of topics related to the field of pediatrics
  • Research development and research mentoring
  • Community placement opportunities for the PT Resident to participate in a leadership role at the local level in activities related to children and adults who have developmental disorders
  • Mentored opportunities to develop clinical supervisory skills
  • Frequent in-service, Pediatric Grand Rounds, journal club, and "Brown Bag" presentations from faculty, staff, and guests on topics related to the health concerns of children
  • Opportunities to participate in conferences and continuing education related to pediatric physical therapy

Residency Year

  • Begins and ends in late August or early September


  • Be a graduate of an APTA accredited physical therapy program
  • Be eligible for physical therapy licensure in Oregon.  Licensure is necessary for participation in the residency program

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How to Apply

Please Submit the Following:

  1. RF-PTCAS application through the website. Please DO NOT answer the following questions on the RF-PTCAS application:
  • What do you wish to gain in a residency/fellowship program?
  • Discuss aspects of your background and professional experience that particularly qualify you for participation in a residency/fellowship program.
  • What are your future plans as they relate to a specialized/subspecialized area of physical therapy?

Instead of those three questions, please submit:

  1. A formal letter of intent sent to the director using the following guidelines:   Within two pages, outline your background and areas of interest, state your goals for the Residency, and describe your vision of how the Residency experience will enhance your career.
  2. Letters of reference from three individuals who can comment on your candidacy for the Residency.

The letter of intent and letters of reference can be uploaded to the RF-PTCAS application.

Selected applicants will participate in an interview on the OHSU campus as part of the application

A resident salary with OHSU benefit package is available for the residency. 

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Kerry Haugh, P.T., D.P.T.
Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
LEND Training Coordinator, Physical Therapy
OHSU Institute on Development and Disability
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland OR 97239
503 494-7863

Bethany Sloane, P.T., D.P.T.
Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
LEND Training Coordinator, Physical Therapy
OHSU Institute on Development and Disability
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland OR 97239

You can also email inquiries about the residency program to