Director: Pauline Filipek, MD


LoneStar LEND is a training program that was designed to develop leaders in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/DD) through an interdisciplinary training model focusing on leadership, cultural competence, and evidence-based practice. The purpose of this program is train leaders who will improve global service delivery and increase early identification and subsequent diagnosis of ASD/DD to children across the state of Texas. The LoneStar LEND mission particularly promotes underrepresented and underserved children across Texas, teaching cultural and linguistic competency, and family-centered care in an interdisciplinary model to produce future leaders equipped to best serve children with ASD/DD.

Educational opportunities

Long-Term Trainee (LTT) Program

Provides leadership training to:

  • Medical residents
  • Graduate students at the Master’s, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate level whose focus of study is within one of the Core Disciplines*
  • Parents and siblings of individuals with ASDs/DDs
  • Self-advocates are also encouraged to apply

Curriculum includes:

  • Didactic Seminar Courses
  • Clinical practica
  • Community field experiences
  • Leadership training
  • Service Learning Project
  • Family mentorship experience

Long-Term Trainees (LTT) complete 300 plus hours of activities per year in addition to their discipline-specific academic requirements. Stipend support commensurate with educational level, plus conference registrations and travel expenses is available to sixteen LTT’s annually.

Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program

Rotations of one month or more duration for:

  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Family members
  • Self-advocates

The MTT Program includes participation in:

  • Didactic seminars
  • Clinical practicum experiences
  • Optional service learning project

MTTs will complete 40-299 hours.

LTT and MTT Program Requirements 2017-18

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.

*LEND Core disciplines

  • Audiology
  • Family
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Health Care Administration
  • Medicine (Genetics, Child Neurology & Psychiatry, Developmental Pediatrics, Medical Home)
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology: Assessment and Intervention
  • Public Health
  • Self Advocate
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Special Education

Additional Disciplines Include: Advocacy, Bioethics, Cultural Diversity & Competence, Disability Law, and Leadership.


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 14 core disciplines during the LEND year.

Family Trainee Application
Parent, guardian, or sibling of individual with ASD/DD.

Advocate Trainee Application
Individual diagnosed with ASD or other DD.

Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program

Medium Term Trainee Application

Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program

No application required