<p>This LEND trainee is using his LEND preparation to improve disability services in Vietnam</p>

This LEND trainee is using his LEND preparation to improve disability services in Vietnam

Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities)

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (VCL) prepares graduate-level health professionals in 15 disciplines to assume leadership roles to serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

Leadership Education

The purpose of the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is to reduce and prevent NDRD (neurodevelopmental disabilities and related disabilities) in children and to increase access to family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, interdisciplinary services.

The program focuses on preparing health professionals to assume leadership roles and develop interprofessional team skills, advanced clinical skills, and research skills, in order to meet the complex needs of children with NDRD.

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND includes faculty and trainees from Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, Milligan College, Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University, as well as affiliates from Family Voices of Tennessee.

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND works closely with a variety of university, family and state agency partners to provide workshops, conferences and distance education at the community, state, regional and national levels. We also provide technical assistance to health delivery systems and organizations that support services to individuals with ASD/NDD, especially underserved populations in rural settings and those with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

LEND Contacts and Advisory Council

Email: LEND@vanderbilt.edu

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T73MC00050. Content herein should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Lend Trainees

LEND Long Term Trainees – 2016

Program Focuses

The LEND Program provides interprofessional leadership training for advanced graduate students and post-graduate professionals representing the fields of: 

  • Audiology
  • Deaf Education
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Professionals from these disciplines represent the core faculty and provide mentorship in the implementation of the training program. A parent/family advisor serves on the faculty as well.


The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is committed to increasing the number of students and faculty from underrepresented minorities who are in the program. In this video African-American and Latino health care professionals who serve individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities are interviewed about the factors that led them to choose their careers and the multitude of benefits that they experience in those careers.

View Video Below [4:32 min]