Academic Programs

The Shriver Center offers a number of educational programs that prepare future leaders and clinicians to carry out the important mission of improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Based on decades of research and community-based experience, our expert faculty has designed the following certificate programs, which can serve as the foundation for graduate degrees:

Behavioral Intervention in Autism

Through an innovative collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Department of Psychology, the Shriver Center has developed an award-winning online graduate-level Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate program. Students may pursue either of the following two program options:

  • The Behavioral Intervention in Autism Graduate Certificate, for those interested in learning more about behavioral intervention in autism
  • The Behavioral Intervention in Autism Graduate Certificate with Preparation for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Exam, for those interested in becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

After completion of the certificate program, there is an option to obtain a graduate degree through UMass Lowell by taking additional courses.

For more information, contact Shriver Center Interim Director Charles Hamad at 774.455.6562 or charles.hamad@umassmed.edu.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

The Shriver Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program provides graduate-level interdisciplinary training as well as services and care to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. Our LEND program has two tracks:

  • The Advanced Leadership Fellowship program, for clinicians and individuals who are committed to enhancing the lives of people with IDD and their families The program’s curriculum helps Fellows develop the skills needed toprepares Fellows to take leadership roles in designing provide quality systems of care, services, and supports to this populationfor people with IDD and their families. LEND Fellows have the opportunity to earn credits toward a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) in disability & health policy from Suffolk University.
  • The Leadership in Clinical Care program, for individuals pursuing a masters or’s or doctoral degrees or post-doctoral certification degree in such disciplines as developmental-behavioral pediatrics, psychology, social work, and education The program provides trainees in-depth training on evidence-based screening, diagnostic, and intervention approaches with children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and to delivering culturally competent, family-centered careexposes students to issues related to developmental disabilities and special health care needs. Training is carried out at our affiliated clinics within UMass Medical School as well as with our partners at the Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.

After completion of the certificate program, there is an option to obtain a graduate degree through Suffolk University by taking additional courses.

For more information, contact us.

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