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Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Rutgers and RBHS Graduate Students


NJLEND is The Boggs Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program, and is part of a national network of LEND programs. NJLEND prepares graduate-level health and allied health trainees to provide high-quality, interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent care addressing the complex needs of children with autism, related disabilities and other maternal and child health populations.  All NJLEND trainees are paired with a Faculty Mentor from their discipline who works with the trainee to integrate NJLEND requirements with the requirements of the student’s academic program, as well as to guide and reflect on their individual leadership development throughout the LEND year.


The long-term NJLEND training program is delivered across a 9-month academic calendar, and trainees are required to commit at least 300 hours to participation. The program can be utilized by students to fulfill a practicum or fieldwork requirement of their academic program. Curricular components of the NJLEND training program included in the 300 hours of participation are:

  • Didactic Seminar Series
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Leadership Development
  • Clinical Training


NJLEND provides students with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, and offers support and mentoring by faculty in their respective disciplines. Students receive a stipend, and may receive course credit based on the requirements of their academic program, for participation in NJLEND.


The long-term NJLEND training program is open to graduate and doctoral level students from Rutgers and RBHS in the following disciplines:

  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Family Members
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Social Work


For more information on the program, see the student recruitment announcement.                                        

Application Process


The NJLEND program year follows the academic calendar and begins in September of each year. Applications are accepted from March – August.


Interested students should contact Carrie Coffield to learn more and to ensure that the training program is a good match for the requirements of their academic program.  Upon confirmation of this, the application, including personal statement and recommendation form, must be completed and submitted for consideration.


NJLEND Trainee Application


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