The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) has announced the appointment of Jenean Castillo, PhD, as Director of the federally funded LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) interdisciplinary training program at WIHD.
Dr. Castillo is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Center on Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College (NYMC) and is the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at WIHD. Until recently, she was Assistant Director of WIHD’s Child Welfare Program. Dr. Castillo has been a LEND faculty member and child psychologist at WIHD since completing her post-doctoral fellowship and LEND traineeship in psychology at WIHD in 2003.
Throughout her career, Dr. Castillo has collaborated at the national level on activities and projects related to leadership development, diversity, inclusion and cultural competence. As a post-doctoral LEND fellow she served as a national trainee representative on the Diversity Workgroup of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. In 2016, she was selected as a member of the national cohort for the Cultural and Linguistic Competency Leadership Academy of the National Center for Cultural Competency of Georgetown University. She was named WIHD’s first Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator in 2016. This year NYMC chose her as the first recipient of its Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Dr. Castillo replaces Karen Edwards, MD, MPH, the former LEND Director at WIHD, who will remain at WIHD as Co-Director of WIHD’s University Center for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).