Program Director, Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
During the past 20 years, Dr. Ben Herz has held numerous positions in private practice and served on the faculty of institutions with respected occupational therapy programs. Before coming to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, he served as associate professor and program director at Georgia Health Sciences University, where he treated clients in the Movement Disorder Clinic and devised unique therapeutic strategies for patients with Parkinson’s disease using the Wii and WiiFit game systems. He has lectured on using virtual reality and gaming as a therapeutic intervention in rehabilitation. Herz is also recognized as an invited national speaker in the area of Parkinson’s disease and occupational therapy. He has extensive experience in orthopedic and industrial injuries as well. Herz is treasurer for the American Occupational Therapy Association. He previously served that organization as research and educational liaison for the administration and management special interest section. Herz earned his doctor of occupational therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and his master of business administration from Averett University in Danville. In addition to his education at Averett, Herz’s ties to Virginia include positions at Jefferson College of Health Sciences and clinical and private business experience around the state.
We are in the process of hiring additional faculty and staff — we expect a team of more than 30 professionals supporting our programs when at full capacity. Potential faculty members are encouraged to reference our website for current employment searches.