KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Shelby Johnson. She has long blonde hair and a white t-shirt

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Shelby Johnson

Shelby Johnson is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Kentucky. She recently completed a clinical rotation at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. During her rotation, she worked with adults in the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit.

She has also had rotations at the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass working with pediatrics, and at the Multidisciplinary Autism Assessment Clinic (MAAC) where she worked as part of an interdisciplinary team assessing and diagnosing autism. 

Johnson 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. As a LEND Trainee, Johnson hopes to expand her knowledge of best practices with clients with autism.

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!