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Yegan Pillay

Yegan Pillay
Counseling and Higher Education
Patton Hall 432M

Yegan Pillay’s academic preparation includes a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision (Ohio), a M.Ed. in Counseling (Ohio), a B.A. Honors in Psychology (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), and a B.A. in Psychology & Sociology (University of the Western Cape, South Africa).  Dr. Pillay has served in various leadership roles within the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, and internationally. He is licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (E.0003452-SUPV) with training supervision designation by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapy Board and is licensed by the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Counseling Psychologist (PS 0062952). He is currently active as a clinical psychotherapist; a clinical supervisor, and a tenured full professor.  Dr. Pillay’s current grant and research-related activities underscore the intersection of health psychology and mental health issues in the US and the global context.  

Most Recent Publications:

Stevens, M. M., & Pillay, Y. (2024). Best Practices for Tele-supervision: Promoting Ethical, Legal, and Effective University and Clinical Supervision using Technology. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.

Saha, C.K., Shubrook, J. H.,  Hornsby, G., Yang, Z.,  Pillay, Y., Mather, K.J.,  & de Groot, M.  (2023). Program ACTIVE II: 6- and 12-month outcomes of a treatment approach for major depressive disorder in adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.

Xiong, Y., Prasanth, Joen, L., Zhang, Q., & Pillay, Y. (2022). A Phenomenological Study of Group Facilitators’ Experiences: A Mindfulness-Based Wellbeing Group for International Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Specialist in Group Work.

Xiong, Y., & Pillay, Y. (2022). A national study of the mental health status of Asian international students in the United States. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 00, 1- 10. 

Amparbeng, D.B., & Pillay, Y (2021). A conceptual framework for incorporating mentoring in the clinical supervision of international counseling students. Int J Adv Counselling 43, 553–568.

Can, A., Poyrazli, S. & Pillay, Y. (2020). Eleven types of adjustment problems and psychological well-being among international students. Eurasian Journal of Educational Research. 20. 1-20. 10.14689/ejer.2021.91.1.

Lu, H. & Pillay, Y. (2020). Examining the 2016 CACREP Standards: A National Survey. The Journal of Counselor Preparation & Supervision 13(2). DOI: 10.7729/42.1418

Pillay, Y.,  Lu, H., & Funk, L. (2020) Introducing Mind Mapping as a Creativity Counseling  Modality, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2020.1746721 

Myers, B.A., Pillay, Y., Guyton Hornsby, W. et al. (2019) Recruitment effort and costs from a multi-center randomized controlled trial for treating depression in type 2 diabetes. Trials 20, 621 (2019).

Pillay, Y., Gibson, S., Lu, H. T., & Fulton, B. (2018). The experiences of north-central rural Appalachian clients who utilize mental health services. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 42(3-4), 196-204.

Nolen-Doerr, E., Crick, K., de Groot, M., Pillay, Y., Shubrook, J., Donley, D., Saha, C., Hornsby, Jr. WG (2018) Six Minute Walk Test as a Predictive Measure of Exercise Capacity in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 29(3):124-129. doi:10.1097/cpt.0000000000000080

de Groot, M., Crick, K., Saha, C., Yang, Z., Shubrook, J., Mather, K., Fitzpatrick, K., Hornsby, G., Pillay, Y., (2017).  Duration of depression in adults with type 2 diabetes: A cross-validation study. Diabetes 66 SUPPL. (1) (2017) A223.

Lu, H.T., Zhou, Y. & Pillay, Y. (2017). Counselor Education Students’ Exposure to Trauma Cases. Int J Adv Counselling, 1-11.

de Groot M, Shubrook J, Schwartz F, Hornsby Jr WG, Pillay Y, et al. (2015) Program ACTIVE II: Design and Methods for a Multi-Center Community-Based Depression Treatment for Rural and Urban Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Res Ther 1(1): doi

Pillay, Y, & Bhat, C. S. (2012).  Facilitating support for students with Asperger’s Syndrome. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 26, 140-154. doi:10.1080/87568225.2012.659161.

Pillay, Y. (2011). The role of the Black church, the barbershop/beauty salon, and digital communication to support African American persons living with HIV/AIDS.  The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 6 (4), 2-10.

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). Sage.

Pillay, Y. (2009). The use of digital narratives to enhance counseling and psychotherapy. The Journal of Creativity in Counseling, 4(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 Studies, 12(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). 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 Psychology, 31(1), 46-56.

Richards, K. A., Pillay, Y., Mazodze, O. & Govere, A. S. (2004).The Impact of Colonial Culture in Apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia on Identity Development: An African Perspectives. TRANS. Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften. No. 15/2003.  Retrieved from

Pillay, Y., & Pillay, T. (2004). Diversity on campus and beyond. In C. Rae (Ed.), Choices your first-year experience at Ohio University. Kendall Hunt Publishing.1

Pillay, Y., Flisher, A. J., & Lund, C.  (2002). Conducting epidemiological research in South Africa: Challenges in the data collection process.  Journal of Academic Leadership, 2, (1).  Retrieved from