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

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Mary Beth Bruder PhD

Professor, UCEDD Director, LEND Director


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

Tara Lutz, PhD

Assistant Professor, UCEDD Training Director


Contact for: Public Health Course

Torri Ann Woodruff-Gautherin, PhD

LEND Coordinator


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

Tina Rhodes, MS, OTR/L

LEND Practicum Coordinator, Clinical Research Associate


Contact for: Practicum Questions, Requirements and General Questions

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.

Isha Sinojia
Tayla Duntz
Skyley Parizek
Victoria Zysk
Maddie Senich

CT LEND Discipline Coordinators

Melissa A. Bray, PhD

School Psychology

Allison Lombardi, PhD

Special Education

Kathleen Cienkowski, PhD


Inge-Marie Eigsti

Clinical Psychology

Anton Alerte, MD


Marianne Snyder, PhD


Bernard Grela, PhD

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Cristina Mogro-Wilson, MSW, PhD

Social Work

Tina Rhodes

Occupational Therapy