LEND Training Program
Karen Edwards, MD, MPH, who joined the Division as Director of Training in 2010, was awarded a $4.6 million five-year grant from the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau for continuation funding for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Interdisciplinary Training Program. The LEND Program here is one of 43 nationwide. The program trains culturally competent, family-centered interdisciplinary leaders who will improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities.
Autism Demonstration Classroom
Donna Murray, PhD, received over $100,000 of funding from the Jack Rubinstein Foundation for Developmental Disabilities for the continued development of the Autism Demonstration Classroom, a collaborative project with the Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cincinnati Public Schools and Hamilton County Development Disabilities Services. The classroom is a unique resource, combining a Cincinnati Public School teacher and educational assistant with a specialized autism team from the O’Leary Center for an intensive two-year experience. In addition, the classroom served as a training site for more than 50 professionals and students from the region.
A Growing International Presence
The field of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics was first recognized in the United States as a subspecialty by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1999 (certification of the first group of sub-specialists was in 2003). Only a few other countries have formally recognized this relatively new field. David Schonfeld, MD, Division director, was invited in 2011 to provide keynote addresses at the first national conferences in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in Ankara, Turkey in April and Shanghai, China in October. Our division continues to host international trainees who are seeking to establish or expand the field in other countries.