Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship

Program Description

The mission of the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s (MMI) AOTA Approved Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program is to graduate advanced practitioners in the field of pediatric occupational therapy; practitioners who strive to use current evidence and innovative treatment to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  

MMI is part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center / Nebraska Medicine enterprise, whose mission is to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care. As Nebraska’s federally designated University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD), the Institute provides state of the art services and supports across the state, and assists individuals and families in finding services in their local communities.

MMI provides diagnosis and treatment to approximately 15,000 children and adults annually.  MMI utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach that assures a comprehensive service program. Parents, teachers, therapists and community service providers are involved in our team approach. MMI provides state-wide technical assistance and consultation to Nebraska public schools and other programs across the state that provide services to children, youth and adults with disabilities.

As an academic unit of UNMC, MMI is committed to training health care professionals who will provide future care to children and adults with disabilities. MMI provides advanced training to students in a variety of specialized educational programs. The Institute has a strong commitment to applied and basic research related to the prevention and treatment of genetic disorders and developmental disabilities.

The OT Fellows participate in MMI’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, which provides long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. They accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence. LEND programs operate within a university system, usually as part of a University Center for Excellence (UCEDD) or other larger entity, and collaborate with local university hospitals and/or health care centers. For more information about LEND, visit AUCD online.

MMI partners with Children's Nebraska for comprehensive coverage of pediatric diagnostic categories and practice settings. Fellows spend up to seven weeks in the acute care setting at Children's Nebraska.

Program Goals

MMI Pediatric OT Fellows will:

Program Start and End Dates

Fellowships will begin on August 1 and end on July 31 the following year.

Program Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have:

Application Requirements, Fees and Deadlines

Applicants must submit:


The MMI OT Fellowship position is classified as a UNMC Post-Doctoral Research Associate, and as such will be a full-time, 12-month position at UNMC.  Approximately 50% of the salary is paid by LEND.

For more information contact

UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
Department of Occupational Therapy
AOTA Fellowship
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Michelle Westengaard, OTR/L, BCP
Director, Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapist

402-559-6580 | Email Michelle Westengaard