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Eric Zillmer

Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD

Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology
Director, The Happiness Lab
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Office: Stratton 311

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  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Florida Tech, 1984
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Florida Tech, 1983
  • BA, Psychology, Rutgers University - Camden, 1980

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Military Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Psychology of Happiness
  • Psychology of Music
  • Neuropsychology


Dr. Eric A. Zillmer is the Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and the Athletic Director Emeritus (1998-2021) at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he teaches among other courses, The Psychology of Music, Happiness, Sport Psychology, Personality Assessment, and General Psychology. He is a thought-leader on the psychology of happiness, and the Director of The Happiness Lab at Drexel University, a think tank that investigates the meaning of happiness, and its place in our culture and society, to transform lives, communities, and environments. He is an accomplished musician and the current President of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

Selected Publications:

  • Kennedy, C. H., & Zillmer, E. A. (Eds.). (2022). Military Psychology: Clinical and Operational Applications (3rd Edition). New York City: Guilford.
  • Zillmer, E. A. (2023). Why Music?. In The 33rd an Anthology. Philadelphia: Drexel University.
  • Zillmer, E. A. (2022). The Murderer: A Psychological Analysis. In The 33rd an Anthology (pp. 190-194) Philadelphia: Drexel University.
  • Zillmer, E.A., & Dardarian, N. (2021). Match Analysis in Squash. In D. Memmert (Ed.) Match Analysis: How to use data in Professional Sports (pp. 112-119). Routledge: NYC
  • Zillmer, E. A., Spiers, M. V., Culbertson, W. C. (2008). Principles of neuropsychology(2nd edition) . Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Culbertson, W., & Zillmer, E. A. (2005). TOL- DX Tower of London - Drexel University (2nd edition). Toronto: Multi-Health Systems.
  • Zillmer, E. A., Harrower, M., Ritzler, B., & Archer, R. P. (1995). The quest for the Nazi personality: A psychological investigation of Nazi war criminals . New York City: Routledge.