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USD Center for Disabilities' Mental Health Specialist Nationally Recognized

Tova Eggerstedt Tova Eggerstedt, M.S., Ed.S. has been selected to serve as a Children’s Mental Health Champion.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Tova Eggerstedt, M.S., Ed.S., training and technical assistance specialist with the University of South Dakota’s Center for Disabilities, has been selected by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities to serve as a Children’s Mental Health Champion. She is one of only six individuals from across the nation chosen for this funded work.

In this position, Eggerstedt, a licensed counselor, will serve as a state liaison to the CDC’s children’s mental health program and positive parenting resources. She will also work to increase awareness and a better understanding regarding children’s mental health and implement effective strategies for wellness promotion and connections between schools, families and communities.

Her current role at the Center for Disabilities involves supporting school professionals throughout South Dakota by offering training opportunities on student mental health, restorative justice, the impact of trauma on childhood development and social emotional learning practices. She currently serves as an instructor at the USD Sanford School of Medicine and is adjunct faculty for the USD School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has been at the Center for Disabilities for three years.

The Center for Disabilities is a program of USD’s Sanford School of Medicine and is housed in the university’s Health Science Center in Sioux Falls. 


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News