"The Brain Always Wins.”
John Sullivan and Chris Parker
Dr. Pillow is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist. He has worked as an Adjunct faculty member at Oakland University, and School Psychologist during early years of his career. He obtained an undergraduate degree at Michigan State University before earning both a School Psychology Masters and Clinical Psychology Doctorate degree in 1993 at the University of Detroit-Mercy. In addition to employment within school districts, university, and hospital settings, he has remained in private practice throughout his career.
Dr. Pillow always held a passion and interest for sport and other performance related activities (i.e. musical, theatre, dance, forensics) and their impact on one’s life skills, social development, and sense of well-being. In his youth and early adult life, he participated in football, wrestling, and track. Dr. Pillow also competed in wrestling and judo during college years and later on coached wrestling at the high school level.
In recent years, Dr. Pillow transitioned his practice and dedicated himself to learning and mastering the required proficiencies for Sport Psychology. In this pursuit, expertise and skills were obtained through many sport-specific, clinical/educational experiences, and numerous sport science workshop/training programs. He is an accepted member of The Big Sky Clinical Sport Psychology group, which is specific to sport consultants who provide psychological health care for NCAA I/II/III collegiate athletic settings, professional teams and elite/Olympic athletic programs. Dr. Pillow has also collected numerous hours of private supervision/consultations with many of the leading Sport Psychologists throughout the country.
Professional memberships include: American Psychological Association (APA), Michigan Psychological Association (MPA), Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (Division 47, APA), Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). and the International Association for Sport Psychology (ISSP).