KYLEND Student Spotlight: Stephanie Battistini

Stephanie Battistini is a third-year Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow at the University of Louisville. Originally from Florida, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. She obtained her Medical Degree and Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Florida State University in May 2015.

She was inspired by the differences in services her two cousins with disabilities received: one had an involved medical team and appropriate resources, while the other did not. After witnessing these differences, she developed a passion for quality improvement, where her current research focus remains. 

Battistini is currently enrolled as a trainee in the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute’s (HDI) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. LEND is a five year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University. 

These programs share the overall mission of improving the health of infants, children and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. LEND aims to increase the number of professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based screening and diagnosis, as well as support to individuals and families. 

HDI is currently accepting applications across disciplines for the 2022—2023 academic year. A total of nine trainees will be accepted in the LEND fellowship. The fellowship includes leadership coursework and an array of clinical and community placements each semester. Trainees commit to 15 hours of LEND activities each week.

Applications for the 2022—2023 academic year must be submitted on or before March 4th, 2022. Complete the online application here: 

Finalists will be interviewed before the selection of nine trainees for a nine month fellowship. All applicants will be notified by April 15th, 2022. Trainees must be one of the following: 

  • Enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate training program in a LEND discipline
  • A family member of an individual with an intellectual/developmental disability
  • An individual with an intellectual or developmental disability

Visit to learn more and apply online. 

Contact the Kentucky LEND Project Director with any questions or to schedule an informational session for your department and interested students!