Melvin Tillman

Melvin Tillman, MA


Education and Certification

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign                           Overall GPA: 3.21/4.00
Bachelor of Science in Psychology                                                 Obtained: May 2011


Northwestern University                                                             Overall GPA: 3.77/4.00
Master of Arts in Counseling                                                            Obtained: June 2015

Widener University                                                                              Overall GPA: 3.97
Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies                        Obtained: June 2018
PhD in Human Sexuality Studies                                                    Expected Graduation: June 2020


Clinical Experience

The Center for Growth (Philadelphia, PA)

Clinical Therapist/Sex Therapist/Group Facilitator           September 2017 – Present

  • Formulate interventions and treatment plans
  • Facilitate HSV and depression support groups
  • Encourage personal growth through cognitive challenges
  • Mitigate sexual dysfunction through concrete assignments and exploration of sexual scripts

Fellowship                                                                                      September 2016-2017

  • Provided individual counseling, couples counseling and family therapy

Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health (Arlington Heights, IL)          September 2014 – August 2015

Clinical Intern

  • Co-facilitated young adult support group
  • Instilled positive growth through psychoeducation and alternative perspectives
  • Provided resources and food for outreach program
  • Worked with clients in assessing therapeutic goals


The Family Institute (Evanston, IL)

Student Therapist                                                                                                                                                        September 2013-2014

  • Create initial assessments and treatment plans
  • Delineates clients’ progress for each session
  • Collaboratively works with clients to facilitate corrective emotional experiences
  • Consults with a supervisor and preceptor every week for proper skill growth



Extracurricular Clinical Experience

96.1 WURD (Philadelphia, PA)                                                                                                                                                           July 2018

Clinical Interviewee

  • Provided education on what sex therapy is
  • Clarified misconceptions regarding counseling
  • Normalized sexual dysfunction
  • Discussed barriers with entering therapy


Chongqing Technology and Business University (Chongqing, China)                                                                                           May 2016

Presenter/U.S. Representative

  • Explained core components of sexual education and their importance
  • Addressed cultural differences between the U.S. and China
  • Fielded sex related questions from the student body
  • Fostered a working relationship with the university’s professors



Volunteer Experience

Crisis Line (Champaign, IL)                                                                                                                                         Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2012

Trained Staff Member

  • Trained professionally on how to talk with suicidal and emotionally unstable individuals
  • Answered crisis phone calls for 15 hours every month
  • Interacted with emotionally distraught callers and pacified their anxiety
  • Gave detailed write-ups on the course of each crisis call via computer



Research Experience

Mental Health Human Rights Clinic (Northwestern University)                                                                          September, 2013 – Present


  • Help provide mental health to underprivileged immigrants
  • Evaluate legal cases to determine the person’s ability to receive asylum
  • Participate and lead circle groups




Dr. Dorothy Espelage Research Laboratory (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)                              August 2009 – May 2012

Research Student

  • Worked closely with graduate students to attain laboratory skills
  • Entered data in computers and helped file information
  • Visited schools to administer surveys to students
  • Transcribed interviews from surveyors