Ethan Schilling is a nationally certified school psychologist with 10+ years of experience working with public schools and in academia. He has received a BA Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from University College London, and a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Georgia. Since obtaining his doctoral degree, Dr. Schilling has worked as a professor of psychology/school psychology at Western Carolina University in in the Asheville, NC area where he has taught undergraduate courses in child development as well as specialized graduate courses in school psychology (e.g.,Applied Child Neuropsychology, Preschool Assessment and Intervention, Psychological Consultation, School-Based Mental and Behavioral Health). His research and professional interests are focused around addressing issues affecting the school experience of students experiencing chronic health difficulties, including brain tumor survivors.
Personally, both Ethan and his twin brother, Derek are childhood brain tumor (pineal germinoma) survivors. His brother was diagnosed at the age of 7 and Ethan was diagnosed with the same tumor 5 years later at the age of 12. Fortunately, both tumors were successfully treated via surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation although both still deal with some resulting effects now as adults in their early 40s. Additionally, Ethan’s brother-in-law suddenly passed away in his mid-40s after being diagnosed with a GBM tumor in 2021. As a result of these experiences, Ethan is extremely passionate about supporting others going through the brain tumor journey and is excited to be able to contribute to the great work of the Raymond A Wood Foundation as a member of their Board of Directors.
In his free time, Ethan enjoys the outdoors/hiking, swimming, movies/tv, theatre, traveling, good coffee and food, and spending time with his husband, Jay, and their two Australian Cattle Dogs, Louie and Merle in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.