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Faculty Experts

Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD

Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, Director of Athletics

College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise:

psychology

sports

During his tenure as 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.
 
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.

For news media inquiries, contact Annie Korp at amk522@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.
 

In the News

  • Why Is It So Hard for Some People to Wear Masks? Professor Explains

    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 July 8 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) broadcast about why some are finding it difficult to wear a mask now that it is being mandated in more areas across the country.

  • One Hidden Reason Many Doctors Say COVID-19 Cases Will Keep Spiking

    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 June 30 Best Life article about caution fatigue, or the decreased sensitivity to repeated warnings, leading people to take fewer precautions and increases of COVID-19 cases. The article was picked up by MSN “Lifestyle.”

  • Why You Feel So Damn Exhausted All the Time During Quarantine

    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 June 29 Shape article about the reasons so many are feeling fatigued during the pandemic and social unrest, and how to restore energy levels. The article was picked up by MSN “Health & Fitness.”

  • For Many Fans, the Absence of Sports Feels Like a Loss. Psychologists Say That’s Normal.

    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 May 21 Washington Post story about why fans feel the absence of sports like a loss.

  • ‘Zoom Fatigue’ Is Real. Why Video Meetings Strain Your Brain and How to Fix 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 an May 20 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the new issue of “zoom fatigue,” the strain many feel after participating in virtual meetings, and how to fix it. 

  • How 'Caution Fatigue' May Slow Social Distancing Efforts

    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 30 Philadelphia Inquirer article about how people experiencing caution fatigue, or becoming desensitized to warnings, will affect social distancing effort.

  • Villanova Names Denise Dillon New Women’s Basketball Coach, Amy Mallon Takes Over at Drexel

    Athletic Director Eric Zillmer, PsyD, was quoted in a March 27 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Drexel’s women’s basketball coaching change. Associate Head Coach Amy Mallon was hired as head coach to succeed Denise Dillon, who was hired as head coach at Villanova on Friday.

  • College Sports Will Be Hit Hard, and Will Not Be the Same Economically After the Coronavirus

    Karen Weaver, EdD, associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, and Eric Zillmer, PsyD, athletic director, were quoted in a March 27 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the economic fallout for college athletics because of the pandemic and what recovery will look like.

  • Why Group Exercise Is So Effective: The Psychology Behind Working Out With Others

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Drexel's Director of Athletics, was quoted in a Nov. 6 Philadelphia Inquirer article about why working out in a group is more motivating than working out alone.

  • Herman Rorschach Inkblots Featured in Drexel University Exhibit

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Drexel's director of athletics, was quoted in an Oct. 3 PhillyVoice story highlighting "'What Might This Be?' The Art & Science of Rorschach Inkblots," a new exhibition in the Pearlstein Gallery which will open Tuesday, Oct. 8 — of which Zillmer is a co-curator.

  • Politics in the Olympics Games

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Drexel's Director of Athletics, was interviewed by C-SPAN Feb. 8 to discuss the history of politics tied to the Olympic games.

  • From Climbing Poles to Tears of Joy, Psychologist Examines Emotions of a Sports Fan

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Drexel's Director of Athletics, was interviewed in a Feb. 6 KYW-TV (CBS-3) story about the psychology of a sports fan and the range of emotions experienced after the Eagles' Super Bowl victory.

  • Top U.S. Women's Squash Player Amanda Sobhy Loves Drexel

    Athletics Director Eric Zillmer, PsyD, was quoted in an Oct. 7 Philadelphia Business Journal story about Drexel hosting the U.S. Open Squash Championships this week. WTXF-TV (FOX-29) also highlighted the tournament and featured two of the competitors in an Oct. 9 segment. 

  • Navy Faithful Wedded to Loyalty

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Psychology and director of athletics, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Dec. 13 about the Army-Navy football game.

  • What You Should Do in an Active Shooter Situation

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Psychology and director of athletics, was quoted in a Yahoo! Health story on Dec. 8 about what to do in an active shooter situation.

  • What’s It Like To... Be a University Athletic Director

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Psychology and director of athletics, was interviewed in an Aug. 12 Philly.com story about what it’s like to be a director of athletics.

  • Leadership at its Worst: The FIFA Corruption Scandal

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Psychology and director of athletics, was quoted in a June 10 Philadelphia Business Journal guest commentary column authored by Stan Silverman, vice-chairman of Drexel’s Board of Trustees, about the FIFA scandal.

  • Questions Linger as Ex-Marine Sought in Montco Killing Spree Stabs Self to DeathDec 16 Zillmer DN

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, Carl R. Pacifico professor of neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of athletics, was quoted in a Philadelphia Daily News story on Dec. 16 about a military veteran who went on a killing spree in Montgomery County. 

  • A Hideous Week, but Don't Expect Change

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, director of athletics and Carl R. Pacifico professor of neuropsychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Associated Press story on Sept. 12 about corruption in sports. It was picked up by numerous outlets.

  • Has the NFL Handled the Ray Rice Incident Properly?

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, director of athletics and Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, was interviewed on FOX-40 (Sacramento) about the NFL’s handling of domestic abuse allegations against Ray Rice.

  • Drexel's Director of Athletics Comments on FIFA World Cup

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of athletics, was interviewed on KCBS-AM (San Francisco) on June 13 about the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

  • Is MH370 Disappearance A Pilot Suicide?

    Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD, was quoted in an International Business Times story on June 15 about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  • Eric Zillmer, PsyD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of athletics, was quoted in a Live Science article about Bowe Bergdahl and the psychology of desertion on June 10. The story was picked up by a number of outlets, including Yahoo! News.

  • FIFA probe report into Qatar 2022 World Cup due within weeks

    Eric Zillmer, PsyD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of athletics, was quoted in an AlJazeera.com article on June 2 about corruption charges related to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

  • John E. Dolibois, interrogator of Nazis and U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, dies at 95

    Eric Zillmer, PhD, director of athletics and a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a May 10 Washington Post obituary of John E. Dolibois, interrogator of Nazis and U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.

  • Drexel preparing for its first-ever NCAA lacrosse game

    Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Brian Voelker, and senior Ben McIntosh were quoted in a May 7 Philadelphia Daily News story about the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend.

  • Plumbing the Quantico Killings

    Dr. Eric Zillmer, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Athletics, was interviewed on MSNBC’s “News Nation” on March 22 about the shootings at Quantico Military Base. His op-ed on the subject ran on TIME.com’s Battleland blog on March 25.

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