Robert Hilliker, PhD, LCSW-S, LCDC

Chief Clinical Officer of Ethos Behavioral Health Group

Dr. Robert Hilliker is driven by a deep commitment to serve others and is passionate about the subject of hope and despair in clinical treatment. His over 20 years in the field of addiction and mental health encompass private practice, clinical supervision, the creation and management of clinical programming, and the co-founding of The Lovett Center in 2014 and its parent company Ethos Behavioral Health Group in 2018.

Throughout his educational and professional careers, Dr. Hilliker has gained valuable experience. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and his education includes a fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and a Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship at The Menninger Clinic. His resume includes long standing leadership positions at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, The Menninger Clinic and The Daring Way LLC, where he worked with Dr. Brené Brown and served as the Chief Clinical Officer. Currently, Dr. Hilliker serves as Ethos Behavioral Health Group’s Chief Clinical Officer and is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago.

Dr. Hilliker’s career has been marked by meaningful recognitions. He earned a Menninger Clinic Pillar Award for Integrity for his work in the Professionals in Crisis Program, an honor meant to recognize those who best exemplify Menninger’s core values: excellence, teamwork, hope, integrity and caring. The Houston Business Journal named Robert a 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 Honoree. In 2019, University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work honored him as a 50 for 50 Alumni for embodying the college’s social justice vision.

Robert lives in Houston with his wife, Maria, and their daughters, Anna, Carmela, Mary, Emelia and Francesca.


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Supervisor
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor 
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work


  • Master of Social Work, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work, Institute for Clinical Social Work at Chicago