Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD

Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology
Expertise psychology sports
A licensed clinical psychologist, Zillmer is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality Assessment, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology for which he also served as president. He has written extensively in the areas of sports psychology, neuropsychology and psychological assessment, having published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and books.
 
As the former director of athletics, Zillmer assisted in the completion of the Walter Spiro Varsity Weight Room, the creation of the Drexel Athletics logo, the Blue Cross Wellness Center, the remodeling of the department's Sport Medicine facility, extensive renovations at the Vidas Athletic Complex, the creation of a new 84,000 square feet Recreation Center, transfer of the Philadelphia Armory to Drexel Athletics, and securing the winning bid for the 2008 Olympic Trials in Table Tennis.

In The News

When Your Team Loses, Disappointment Can Lead to Genuine Grief
Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in Feb. 14 episode of NPR’s “Consider This” podcast about the psychology of sports fandom and how to manage the feelings of disappointment and grief.
After a Year of Pandemic, Wearing Masks Outdoors Is Up for Debate
Charles Haas, PhD, LD Betz professor of Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering; Michael LeVasseur, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health; and Eric Zillmer, PsyD, the Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, were quoted in an April 22 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the debate over wearing masks outdoors.
It’s Normal To Feel Emotional About the Vaccine. Here’s Why It’s a Roller Coaster.
Eric Zillmer, PsyD, the Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, was quoted in an April 15 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the range of emotions people feel getting vaccinated for COVID-19. The article was republished by several outlets across the country including the Sacramento Bee.
Vaccine Envy Is Real. Here’s How To Tame It.
Eric Zillmer, PsyD, the Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, was quoted in a Feb. 16 Washington Post article about feeling envious of those who have received COVID-19 vaccines while waiting to receive it and how to cope with “vaccine envy.”
This Is Why the Wait Is So Hard Right Now | Elizabeth Wellington
Eric Zillmer, PsyD, the Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, was quoted in a Jan. 14 Philadelphia Inquirer article about why waiting is difficult and how to cope, especially during the pandemic.
Why (and How) Your Resolutions Should Look Different This Year
Eric Zillmer, PsyD, the Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, was quoted in a Dec. 29 Fast Company article about how and why New Year's resolutions and annual goal-setting will be different in a pandemic.
Dealing With Disappointment, Isolation During the Holidays
Eric Zillmer, PsyD, the Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, was quoted in a Nov. 23 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) broadcast about how to cope with disappointment because of COVID-19 restrictions on typical holiday gatherings.
These Pandemic Preppers Are Ready for Whatever the Hell Is Next
Eric Zillmer, PsyD, the Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, was quoted in a Nov. 13 Men’s Health article about the psychological drive of survival supplies prepping. The article was picked up by multiple outlets including Yahoo! “Finance” and MSN “Health.”

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