Director: Pauline A. Filipek, MD


LoneStar LEND is a training program designed to develop leaders in the field of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/DD) using a 10-month, interdisciplinary training model focused on leadership, cultural competence, and evidence-based practice. The LoneStar LEND mission particularly promotes training that produces future leaders equipped to best serve underrepresented and underserved children with ASD/DDs across Texas.


Educational Opportunities

Long-Term Trainee (LTT) Program

Provides leadership training to:

  • Graduate students whose academic focus is within one of the Core Disciplines
  • Medical residents and fellows
  • Professionals who work within one of the Core Disciplines
  • Parents and siblings of individuals with ASD/DDs
  • Self-advocates

Long-Term Trainees (LTTs) complete an average of 20hrs/wk of LEND-specific activities. Curriculum includes:

  • Didactic Seminars
  • Clinical practica
  • Community field experiences
  • Leadership training
  • Service Learning Project
  • Family mentorship experience
  • Monthly stipend support, paid conference registration and a professional development travel stipend are also provided.

Find more information about the 2019-20 LEND LTT Program Requirements HERE.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. See below for more information. Applications close May 15, 2019


Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program

The MTT Program allows for a less structured, less intensive learning opportunity. MTTs are permitted to design their own learning experience, however, their program must span no longer than 5 months and include 40 – 299 hours of training.

The MTT Program is available to:

  • Students / Residents
  • Professionals
  • Family members
  • Community advocates
  • Self-advocates

The MTT Program includes participation in:

  • Didactic seminars
  • LoneStar LEND Conference
  • Cultural Competency training
  • LEND Book Club

Find more information about the 2019-20 LEND MTT Program Requirements HERE.

A completed application is required for consideration. Applications remain open and are accepted on a rolling basis; find more information below.


Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program

The STT Program is the least structured way for individuals to participate in LEND educational opportunities, including weekly seminars and the annual LEND Conference. Anyone in the community, from high school students to parents to health care professionals may attend the didactic seminars and the LoneStar LEND Conference. STTs complete up to 40 hours; no application is necessary for the STT Program. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.


Applications for the 2019-20 LEND LTT Program are OPEN.
Application deadline is May 15, 2019.


Long-Term Trainee Program

Pre & Post Doctoral Trainee Application
Graduate students who will be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education during the LEND year.

Professional Trainee Application
Professionals who will be employed in the field of one of the Core Disciplines during the LEND year.

Family Trainee Application
Parents, guardians, or siblings of individuals with ASD/DD.

Advocate Trainee Application
Individuals diagnosed with ASD or other DD.


Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program

Medium Term Trainee Application


Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program

No application required


Program Coordinator Contact Information:

Prisca Franklin
(713) 500-3637