Dr. Eric A. Zillmer is the Director of Athletics and Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology at Drexel University. A licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Florida Tech, Zillmer completed internship training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Virginia Medical School.
Now in his 15th year as Director of Athletics, Zillmer oversees all components of the Athletics Department. Zillmer was instrumental in the creation of the Drexel Athletics logo, extensive renovations at the Vidas Athletic Complex, the creation of a new 84,000 square feet Recreation Center, the transfer of the Armory to Drexel University and securing the winning bids for the 2008 Olympic Trials in Table Tennis, the 2011-2013 US Open in Squash, as well as the 2012 NCAA men's lacrosse quarter finals at PPL Park and the 2013 Final Four at Lincoln Financial Field.
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 has also served as President. Zillmer has written extensively in the area of sports psychology, neuropsychology and psychological assessment, having published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and books, and he is a frequent contributor to the local and national media on topics ranging from sports psychology to forensic psychology to the psychology of terrorism. The second edition of Principles of Neuropsychology (2008), has been used in over 300 universities worldwide. Zillmer is also the coauthor of the Tower of London-Drexel and the English version of the d2 Test of Attention. Military Psychology (second edition, 2012) examines the psychological contexts involved in the most recent military initiatives and geopolitical events.
Zillmer serves on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, the Advisory Board of SquashSmarts and the Boards of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the International House Philadelphia and the Austrian Society of Pennsylvania. Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Europe, Zillmer is bilingual in English and German.