Maternal and Child Health in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities


Monica Andis, MS: Nutrition

  Monica Andis
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Monica Andis, MS, RD, LD is the nutrition mentor for the LEND Program at the CED. She is a registered, licensed dietitian and has a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition and Foods. She directs the CED Feeding & Swallowing Clinic and is the state consultant dietitian for the West Virginia Children With Special Health Care Needs Program. Ms. Andis also staffs the WVU Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and works in the Early Intervention, Birth To Three Program. Her interests include nutrition and disabilities across the life span, pediatrics and special needs, weight management and obesity, rural health care, and interdisciplinary care.

Anne Cronin, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Anne Cronin

Anne Cronin received her bachelors in occupational therapy from University of Missouri  was employed for several years as an occupational therapist working in both institutional and community setting with both children and adults with developmental disabilities.  After earning her doctorate in medical sociology at the University of Florida, Dr. Cronin joined the faculty at WVU in 1997. She is a board certified in pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association and has participated in several grant-funded service projects with early childhood and developmental disabilities foci. Anne has published in both professional journals and textbooks.

In addition to teaching both undergraduates and graduate students, Dr. Cronin has collaborated with WVUCED in the development of several service projects, and generated clinic based research projects in the area of parenting and feeding. Dr. Cronin's current research priorities are: Environmental contexts in caregiving; Client/Caregiver perceptions of functional change during OT intervention; Food selectivity and eating problems associated with autism spectrum disorders; Efficacy of OT intervention with persons with autism spectrum disorders; Efficacy of OT intervention with persons with feeding and swallowing disorders; and Asynchronous development and social stress.

Recent publications include:
Cronin, A . and Mandich, M (2005) Human Development and Performance throughout the lifespan.  Clifton Park, NY: Thomson-Delmar Learning.

Cronin, A.F. (2004) Mothering A Child With Hidden Impairments, American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  58 (1): 83-92.

Cronin, A.F. (2003) Chapter 5: Traumatic Brain Injury in Children, pp. 49-59 in C. Royeen (ed.), Pediatric Issues in Occupational Therapy: a compendium of leading scholarship, AOTA Press: Bethesda, MD.

Cronin, A.F. (2002) Asynchronous development and sensory integration intervention in the gifted and talented population. Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Direct Link to Article.

Cronin, A.F. (2002) Asynchronous Parenting. Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Direct Link to Article.

Cronin, A.F. (2001) Traumatic Brain Injury in Children.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  Volume 55 (4): 377-384.

Jennifer Forester, MSW, LCSW: Social Work



Jennifer Forester is a Social Worker Health Education Specialist in the WVU Department of Pediatrics. She has worked for the WVU Klingberg Neurodevelopmental Center since 1991 and began specializing in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in 1996. Jennifer is an adjunct instructor for two courses at WVU "Disability and the Family" and "Disability Policy." She is the clinic liaison for LEND trainees observing clinics at the WVU Physician Office Center.

Maggie Jaynes, MD : Pediatric Neurology.

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Maggie Jaynes MD is a professor and the Chief of Pediatric Neurology & Child Development at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine. In addition to her duties of seeing patients, she is WV’s LEND program director.  Dr. Jayne’s is a vital part of the team of the Children with Special Health Care Needs clinics that provide specialized medical care for children who have certain chronic, disabling medical conditions across the state. She serves on their Medical Advisory Board. She provides clinical services through outreach and telehealth. She participates in a number of telehealth projects throughout the state.

Mary Beth Mandich, PhD: Physical Therapy.

    MaryBeth Mandich


MaryBeth Mandich, PT, PhD is professor and chairperson of physical therapy at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctorate in developmental psychology & infancy from West Virginia University.  Her doctoral minor area of study was developmental neurobiology.  Dr. Mandich has extensive experience in NICU and neonatal follow up care.  She continues to practice as a member of an interdisciplinary follow up team at a tertiary care center, as well as doing ongoing research on the effects of the NICU experience on developmental outcomes.  Dr. Mandich is co-editor of a textbook published in 2005 based on an ICF framework entitled: "Human Development & Performance Throughout the Lifespan".  She was recently a co-presenter at APTA National Conference on the topic of integration of the ICF into pediatric practice across the lifespan.  Dr. Mandich continues to teach neurobiology and neurorehabilitation.  This spring, she served as co-investigator on a grant submitted to NIH for community engagement in stroke rehabilitation.  She is currently the consultant for the rehabilitation component of a 9 million dollar stroke initiative at West Virginia University.

Susannah Poe, EdD: Educational Psychology.

  Susannah Poe


Susannah Poe is a licensed psychologist and professor of Child Development in the Pediatrics Department of the WVU School of Medicine. She serves the director of ABA Services for WVU Children's Hospital and is the director of the Intensive Autism Training Program at WVU Children's Neurodevelopmental Center. She has training in diagnosis, education, and behavioral interventions for young children with developmental disorders. Dr. Poe's areas of focus are the diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of young children with autism, behavioral feeding disorders in children with developmental disabilities, and anxiety disorders in children.

Karen Haines: Teaching Associate Professor  


Karen Haines is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University.  For the past 25 years she has taught course work in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In addition to pre-service coursework she also teaches web-based professional development courses for working speech-language pathologists (SLP) in West Virginia.  Since 1990 she has supervised speech pathology graduate clinicians in their weekly AAC evaluations and interventions in the WVU Speech and Hearing Center.   For the past ten years she has been instrumental in providing AAC assessments and intervention at Camp Gizmo.

Diane Williams, MSW:  Social Work.

  Diane Williams
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Diane Williams is the Training Coordinator for the LEND Program.  She is also the LEND Social Work mentor with a Master's degree in Social Work which she received from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is also a Licensed Certified Social Worker.  Diane has been with the CED for 22 years.  She is a member of the LEND Clinic and Feeding and Swallowing Clinic teams. She coordinates the LEND Leadership Seminar and teaches three classes at WVU, Disability and Society, Disability in the Community and the Disability Capstone.

Kendra Shaw Family Coordinator: RBA Candidate

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Kendra Shaw is the Family Coordinator for the LEND Next Steps Clinic and the Family Partnership Program. Kendra is currently working to obtain her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees through the Regents Bachelor of Arts program from WVU with areas of emphasis on psychology and social work. Kendra is also the LEND administrative secretary. She is a married mother of 3 adult children and is a grandmother to 5 grandchildren all girls. Kendra’s future goals include creating or assisting with a program that would help people with disabilities get the services they need without regard to age or ability to pay.