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Interdisciplinary Leadership Training in Developmental Disabilities, Funded Traineeship

The Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD), located at the University of Kansas Medical Center, is recruiting trainees for the fall 2020-spring 2021 academic year.

Trainees must be graduate students from a variety of educational backgrounds (audiology, health administration, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pediatrics, pediatric dentistry, physical therapy, psychology, social work, speech-language pathology, special education, public policy, and more). Trainees in this leadership activity will also include parents, other family members, and self-advocates.

The mission of the center is advancing the health, development, and well-being of children at risk, and those with developmental disabilities, and supporting their families through the provision of (1) exemplary clinical service, (2) interdisciplinary leadership training, (3) outreach training and technical assistance, and (4) collaborative academic research.

Maternal and child health grant funding supports the traineeships. Grant requirements stipulate that funded trainees are citizens of the United States or have a permanent residence visa. Students may also come to the center for non-funded practicum experiences in clinical services, administration, or research.

The training program provides trainees experiences as members of interdisciplinary teams serving children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. Training focuses on providing culturally competent, family-centered, and community-based services that include collaboration with organizations and government systems that also support individuals and families.

The program emphasizes building leadership abilities in the areas of research, outreach training, technical assistance, and advocating for systems change. Funded traineeships require a minimum commitment of 16 hours a week. Trainee requirements include enrollment and successful completion of fall and spring course work (total six credit hours) in developmental disabilities and systems of care.

Funding includes a monthly stipend and six hours of in-state tuition for the fall and spring courses. Stipend amounts are subject to change, based on federal funding adjustments.

Speech-Language Therapy Opportunities
  • Learn about best practices in serving individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Participate in research activities in diverse Kansas communities
  • Serve on an interdisciplinary team
  • Build professional leadership skills
  • Learn about public health
  • Conduct developmental screenings in communities

For more information regarding Speech-Language Pathology:

Audiology Opportunities
  • Enhance knowledge of child development
  • Promote need to rule out hearing loss and understand contributions to developmental differences
  • Learn variety of develomental disabilities, many with co-occurring hearing loss
  • Increase understanding of disability rights
  • Explore inter-professional best practices, interventions, and concepts such as use of "Person First Language"

For more information regarding Audiology:


Find application requirements, deadlines, and more: Center for Child Health and Development

Last modified: Apr 30, 2020
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