Jul 21, 2014

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.

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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Phillip Carter
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