Eric Kurtz

Program Officer, Rural Healthcare

Dr. Eric Kurtz is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program which strives to advance healthcare access and delivery across the upper Midwest. In this role, he focuses on behavioral health, medical education, and improving cardiac and stroke systems of care. 

Prior to joining Helmsley, Eric was with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, where he served as the director of the South Dakota Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program (SD LEND), director of clinical operations, and director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. There, he was responsible for overseeing several interdisciplinary specialty clinics and providing technical assistance and consultation to multiple agencies across the region including the SD Department of Health, Department of Human Services, and Department of Education, and providing ongoing interdisciplinary clinical training. 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.

Eric received his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota and has an extensive background providing comprehensive psychological services within hospital, school, treatment, clinical, and forensic settings. He has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to neurodevelopmental disorders and behavioral health. Additionally, he holds an appointment of associate professor of pediatrics at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors camping, hiking, biking, and playing and watching sports. He also attempts to play golf.