Goals and Core Disciplines of Alaska LEND

Goals of Alaska LEND Without Walls

Overarching Aim
Develop interdisciplinary leadership skills to promote systems change and advocacy on behalf of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • Goal 1: Provide high-quality interdisciplinary graduate-level education to long-term trainees that emphasizes the integration of services supported by state, local agencies, organizations, private providers, and communities.
  • Goal 2: Train medium- and short-term Fellows, including practicing professionals and families, to increase knowledge and skills around developmental disabilities and autism.
  • Goal 3: Engage current university faculty from a variety of disciplines to encourage interdisciplinary training and mentor Fellows.
  • Goal 4: Increase the capacity in Alaska to provide interdisciplinary neurodevelopmental diagnostic evaluations and interventions.
  • Goal 5: Engage in the national network of LEND programs to foster collaboration, coordinate program efforts, disseminate research to the field, and provide peer mentorship opportunities.
  • Goal 6: Increase the number of Fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
  • Goal 7: Increase the number of individuals with disabilities and family members in the program.

Core Disciplines of the Alaska LEND Without Walls

Alaska LEND Without Walls is an interdisciplinary leadership training program with Fellows and Faculty in the following disciplines (alphabetical order):

  • Family (Annette Blanas, MSW)
  • Family (Tracy Charles-Smith)
  • Medicine (Dr. Beth Ellen Davis)
  • Nursing (Catherine Sullivan, RN, MSN, CPNP)
  • Public Health (Dr. Jenny Miller)
  • Psychology (Dr. Karen Ward)
  • Occupational Therapy (Cary Moore, OTR/L)
  • Social Work (Dr. Mary Dallas Allen)
  • Special Education (Vacant)
  • Speech Language Pathology (Ellen Brigham, M.S., CCC-SLP)
Meet our program Faculty and Staff