The goal of the New Mexico Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (NM LEND) is to provide interdisciplinary leadership training for graduate students and community professionals to:

  • Improve systems of care
  • Promote the prevention of disabilities
  • Improve access to services for children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families

This is accomplished through advanced clinical and leadership training, continuing education, and consultation. Trainees gain competencies in clinical care, family needs and preferences, and the public health system. NM LEND is a program within the Center for Development and Disability (CDD), University of New Mexico School of Medicine.


The purpose of the NM LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with or at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, and their families. This is accomplished through the training of professionals for leadership roles in providing health and related care. New Mexico children and their families are in need of highly trained professionals who have the knowledge, skills and leadership abilities to partner with families in helping their children reach their full potential.


The trainee will develop knowledge and experience in:

  1. Neurodevelopmental and related disabilities including autism
  2. Family-centered, culturally competent care
  3. Interdisciplinary and leadership skills