Center for Disabilities announces Eric Kurtz, Ph.D. as the new LEND director

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Center for Disabilities has named Dr. Eric Kurtz as the new Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) director. He succeeds Dr. Joanne Van Osdel, who retired in July.

The South Dakota LEND program is housed within the Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. There are currently 43 LEND programs in 37 states. LEND provides long-term graduate level specialized training which focuses on the interdisciplinary training of professionals for leadership roles in the provision of health and related services to infants, children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families. The South Dakota LEND Program is supported by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Kurtz has previously served as the Center’s Clinical Operations director, Autism Spectrum Disorders Program director, Discipline Head for Autism and Related Disorders with LEND, and is assistant professor of pediatrics. He has several years of clinical experience providing specialized psychological services in clinical, school, and forensic settings.

A photo of Kurtz is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Eric_Kurtz.jpg.

“LEND graduates are aware of a broader, inter-connected health care dynamic, and understand the need for family-oriented, culturally sensitive and interdisciplinary services,” said Kurtz. “I look forward to this new opportunity to lead the LEND program and work to prepare the next generation of healthcare and related service professionals.”

For more information about the Center for Disabilities and LEND, go to www.usd.edu/cd.

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