Pantalon is a teacher, therapist, researcher, author, motivational speaker and consultant who earned his B.A. from SUNY Binghamton, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Hofstra University and an M.S. from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He teaches clinical psychology and conducts research related to motivational interviewing at Yale School of Medicine. His speaking and consulting activities are centered around his book Instant Influence (2011), a motivational approach to creating instant and effective change in people.