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Yegan Pillay

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
Counseling & Higher Education
McCracken Hall 432M

Dr. Yegan Pillay holds the B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, with an Honors degree in Psychology, from the University of Western Cape in South Africa. He holds the M.Ed. and the Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Ohio University. Dr. Pillay teaches courses in Counselor Education, and his major research interests include diversity and social justice issues, racial identity development of racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous African psychotherapeutic interventions, and the use of stories and narrative as psycho-educational intervention strategies.

Most Recent Publications:


Pillay, Y., & Pickover, S. (2010). Teaching assessment and testing. In G. McAuliffe & K. Eriksen (Eds.), Handbook of counselor preparation: Constructivist, developmental, and experiential approaches (pp.125-135).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Pillay, Y. (2009). The use of digital narratives to enhance counseling and psychotherapy. The Journal of Creativity in Counseling4(1), 32-41.

Pillay, Y., Ziff, K.K., & Bhat, C.S. (2008). Vedånta personality development: A model to enhance the cultural competence of psychotherapists. International Journal of Hindu Studies12(1), 1-15.

Pillay, Y. (2005). Peer victimization of African children orphaned by AIDS: The efficacy of the memory book. In O. Aluede, A.G. McEachern, & M.C. Kenny (Eds.), Peer victimization in schools: An international perspective(pp. 21-27). Delhi, India: Kamala-Raj Enterprises.

Richards, K. A., Pillay, Y., Mazodze, O., & Govere, A. S. (2005). The impact of colonial culture in South Africa and Zimbabwe on identity development.Journal of Psychology in Africa15(1), 41-51.

Pillay, Y. (2005). Racial identity as the predictor of psychological health of African American students at a predominantly White university. Journal of Black Psychology31(1), 46-56.

Pillay, Y., & Pillay, T. (2004). Diversity on campus and beyond. In C. Rae (Ed.), Choices your first year experience at Ohio University. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.