Mazy Gillis @ Plante Moran

Mazy Gillis

Mazy Gillis


Dr. Gillis is a licensed psychologist who has 12 years of healthcare experience in the academic and clinical hospital settings. She has completed a three-year fellowship in Sleep Medicine and also worked as a hospital-based Consultation Liaison Psychologist. She has published 5 articles in academic, peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Pain Medicine.

Trained as a health psychologist and clinician, Dr. Gillis left an academic research and clinical pain management career to pursue management consulting. For three years she worked with RHR International, a 61-year old, Chicago-based consulting company helping Fortune 500 companies identify, evaluate and grow leaders. While at RHR, she provided Executive Assessment and Coaching services to leaders at Merck and Company, Steelcase, Best Buy, Johnson Controls, Dow Corning, Joy Global Mining and Machinery and others.

Dr. Gillis joined Plante & Moran in 2008, where, in addition to individual Executive Evaluation, Executive Coaching, and succession planning, Dr. Gillis puts her clinical skills to work developing high performing teams. She also conducts a number of educational workshops that help organizations grow leaders and manage change.


Management Consultant / Associate
Plante & Moran
Organizational Development and Personnel Assessment Practice
Specializing in executive assessment and executive coaching for hiring and leadership development purposes. Significant experience in organizational / assessment and intervention as it applies to senior teams, departments and organizations as a whole.
RHR International, Chicago, IL
RHR International is a pioneer in cultivating performance at the highest levels of the world’s most successful corporations and organizations. Delivered the following services to retail, manufacturing, automotive supply, and energy industries among others: executive candidate assessment, executive integration, team assessment and development, high potential development, succession planning and process consultation.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit


Henry Ford Hospital, Sleep Center, Dept. of Pulmonary Medicine, Detroit (2002-Present), Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Grant title: : Sleep and Rheumatic Disease: A Clinical Investigation
Henry Ford Hospital, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry (1999-2000), Pre-doctoral Internship
Wayne State University, Department of Psychology, Detroit, Michigan
Ph.D. 2002; M.A. 1998
Major: Clinical Psychology, Minor: Biopsychology

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1986-1990)
B.A. with Distinction
Double Major: Psychology and English

Honors / Appointments

  • Recipient, Sleep Research Society’s Trainee Merit Based Travel Award, 18th APSS Annual Meeting, 2004
  • Recipient, “Outstanding Submission by a Trainee,” American Psychosomatic Society, 2003
  • Recipient, Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Grant Award, 2002-2005
  • Recipient, Student Award Program Grant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, 2000
  • Recipient, President’s Exceptional Service Award, Bronze Award Winner, 2000
  • Recipient, Dissertation Research Funding, Graduate School of W.S.U., 1999
  • Appointment, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 1995-1997
  • Recipient, Graduate-Professional Scholarship, 1995-1996
  • Member, Psi Chi, National Honor Society for Psychology, 1989
  • Nominee, University of Michigan Student Achievement Award, 1989

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association – Division 13, Consulting Psychology

Teaching Experience

Graduate Course – Wayne State University
  • Psychological Assessment, Teaching Assistant
Undergraduate Courses – Wayne State University
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology of Adjustment
  • Human Motivation, Feeling, and Emotion
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Introduction to Psychology

Research Experience

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2002-present

Eastern Michigan University Department of Psychology, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Project Coordinator of N.I.H. grant R03 MH61569-01, 2000-2001

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Project Coordinator, Arthritis Foundation Grant, 1995-1998

University of Michigan Alcohol Research Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Research Assistant, 1990-1991

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Research Assistant, 1990

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Research Assistant, 1998-1989

Clinical Experience

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan

Predoctoral Intern in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, 1999-2000

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan

Practicum student in Neuropsychology, 1996-1997

W.S.U. Psychology Clinic, Detroit, Michigan

Student Therapist, 1995-present

Oakland County Probate Court Psychological Clinic, Pontiac, Michigan

Practicum Student, 1994-1995

University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Neuropsychometrician, 1991-1992

Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hospital, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Activities Coordinator, 1989


Gillis, M.E., Lumley, M.A., Mosley-Williams, A., Leisen, J.C.C., & Roehrs, T.A. (2006). The health effects of at-home written emotional disclosure in fibromyalgia. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 32, 135-146.

Lumley, M.A., Radcliffe, A.M., Macklem, D., Mosley-Williams, A., Leisen, J.C.C., Huffman, J., D’Souza, P., Gillis, M., Meyer, T., Kraft, C., & Rapport, L. (2005). Alexithymia and pain in three chronic pain samples: Comparing Caucasians and African Americans. Pain Medicine, 6, 251-261.

Lumley, M.A. & Gillis, M.E. (2004). Cognitive behavioral therapy. In A.J. Christensen, R. Martin, & J.M. Smyth (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Health Psychology (pp. 55-57). New York: Kluwer Academic / Plenum.

Cano, A., Gillis, M., Heinz, W., Geisser, M. & Foran, H. (2004) Marital functioning, chronic pain, and psychological distress. Pain, 107/1-2, 99-106.

Mosley-Williams, A., Lumley, M.A., Gillis, M., Leisen, J. & Guice, D. (2002) Barriers to treatment adherence among African-American and Caucasian women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care and Research), 47, 630-638.

Invited Speaker

Gillis, ME. A Framework to Capture Developmental Experiences of Executive Women and Succession Planning in Your Organization. Two lectures to be delivered at The Executive Women’s Congress (January, 2008), Miami, Florida

Gillis, ME. Developing Your Future Leaders (May, 2007) LTC 100 Executive Management Conference, The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia Leadership behavior change discussed with business leaders in the area of long term care. Described ways to align senior teams around organizational strategies and how to properly deploy talent as a key competitive advantage.

Gillis, M. Sleep and Rheumatic Disease: A Clinical Investigation (April, 2005) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Presentation of study findings regarding the relationship between macroarchitectural and spectral properties of sleep with daytime functioning (fatigue, sleepiness, and pain) in patients with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and normal controls. “Gender, Sleep Loss, and Pain” – Symposium at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies 18th Annual Meeting.

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