NM LEND | Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Long-term trainees complete 300 hours or more of interdisciplinary leadership training. This is typically completed over fall and spring academic semesters. It includes:

  • Didactic seminars enhanced with experiential learning
  • Leadership training, identifying your individual leadership style
  • Mentored clinical experiences
  • Critical thinking and applied research
  • Family/trainee matches
  • Hands-on training in public policy

The LEND hours are individually tailored to your interests. Trainees complete a set of requirements, including leadership, research, a Capstone Project, and a Family and Community as Faculty Match Project.

Trainees have the option of participating in the NM LEND program for academic credit.

Courses are offered in:

Depending on the discipline, NM LEND trainees have the option of participating in advanced clinical training at the Center for Development & Disability through fieldwork placements, internships, and post-doctoral fellowships, as well. 


Sandra Heimerl

Program Director
Phone: 505-272-0096

Alyx Medlock

Training Director
Phone: 505-272-9846

Max Pohl

Program Coordinator
Phone: 505-272-3025

Angela Sosa

Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 505-272-3024