Apply to the LEND Program

We are pleased that you are interested in applying for advanced study in the OSU LEND Program at the Nisonger Center. The purpose of the program is to prepare leaders to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents, with or at risk for, neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families.

LEND trainees participate in at least 2 semesters of training and acquire 300 hours of training.

Who Should Apply?

  • Advanced Master’s students
  • Doctoral students
  • Post-Doctoral students
  • Community professionals who have completed the basic professional level of training in their discipline
  • Family members and self-advocates interested in policy and advocacy


The deadline for application is February 28, 2017. Applicants will be reviewed and notified of their status by April 1.

To apply to the LEND Program, you should submit a letter of interest and resume to the LEND faculty member from your discipline (see below). If you have questions about who should receive your application, contact Paula Rabidoux. Your letter of interest should include the following:

  1. Why you are interested in becoming a LEND trainee.
  2. Your goals and objectives while in the LEND program.
  3. How participation in LEND matches your future plans.

Primary Disciplines and Faculty Contacts

Community applicants (and students from any additional related disciplines) should contact Paula Rabidoux.

Family Trainees:

Download the Family Trainee PDF

Self-Advocate Trainees:

Download the Self-Advocate Trainee PDF

Prospective Physical Therapy Residents:

To apply for the Nisonger Center Pediatric PT Residency, please go to the following link:

Download the Sample Residency Schedule PDF

Download the Residency Brochure PDF