Connecticut LEND Faculty and Staff

An important part of Connecticut LEND is the team that supports the program. This team collaborates frequently to ensure that planning and implementation of the LEND program meets the LEND objectives. The following list contains the names, roles and contact information of these team members. They are available to support Trainees and answer any questions, comments or concerns

Mary Beth Bruder PhD

Professor, UCEDD Director, LEND Director


Contact for: Research projects, requirements, approval, absences, general questions

Terrell Reichow, MA, CCC-SLP

LEND Co-Coordinator


Contact for: Technical Assistance with Blackboard (HuskyCT), Research Projects, Requirements and General Questions

Tina Rhodes, MS, OTR/L

LEND Co-Coordinator, Clinical Research Associate


Contact for: Practicum Questions, Requirements and General Questions

Chris Blake

LEND Family Faculty Self Advocate


Laurie Cantwell

LEND Family Discipline Coordinator


Paula DeMichiel

LEND Administrative Program Coordinator


CT LEND Teaching Assistants (TA)

Our LEND Teaching Assistants are previous LEND Trainees and are available to support during the LEND seminar and answer any general questions.

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Margaret Brown

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Marco Delsanto

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Kayla Hart

Ashlee Houle

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Kathryn Smith

CT LEND Discipline Coordinators

Anton Alerte, MD


Melissa A. Bray, PhD

School Psychology

Bernard Grela, PhD

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Tara Lutz, PhD

Public Health

Inge-Marie Eigsti

Clinical Psychology

Sara Renzulli, PhD

Counselor Education and
Counseling Psychology

Brandi Simonsen, PhD

Special Education