Eric Kurtz, Ph.D.

Center for Disabilities
Sanford School of Medicine
University of South Dakota
1400 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1570
Phone: 605-357-1439
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: March 18, 2020

Eric Kurtz

Leadership: UCEDD Director
LEND Director
Discipline(s): Psychology
AUCD Council Membership: National Training Directors' Council
Council for Interdisciplinary Service


Dr. Eric Kurtz is the Executive Director of the Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. The Center for Disabilities is South Dakota's federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program. Dr. Kurtz provides leadership and oversight of clinical services, research, interprofessional education, community training, and information dissemination. He also holds the appointment of Associate Professor of Pediatrics. 

Previously, Dr. Kurtz served as the Interim Director for the Helmsley Trust's Rural Healthcare Program. There, he led efforts making investments in sustainable healthcare solutions to advance healthcare access and delivery through innovation, direct services, technology, and workforce development across the Upper Midwest.

Prior to joining Helmsley, Dr. Kurtz was with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, serving as Director of Clinical Operations, Director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (SD LEND), and Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. There, he was responsible for numerous interdisciplinary specialty clinics and provided technical assistance, consultation, and training to a variety of agencies regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has provided interdisciplinary clinical training for providers, medical students and residents, graduate students, and interns across several health systems and universities. In 2012, he was appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as South Dakota's Act Early Ambassador to advance early diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Kurtz received his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota with specialized training in neurodevelopmental disorders. He has an extensive background providing comprehensive psychological and specialized diagnostic services within hospital, clinical, educational, and forensic settings. He has consulted and presented on topics related to neurodevelopmental disorders and behavioral health nationally, and internationally.