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Academic Career

Dr. Kerulis is an associate professor and Director of Community Engagement with The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Northern Illinois University                                                                                  

Ed.D. - Counselor Education & Supervision (CACREP)                   

Graduated with High Honors


Arizona School of Professional Psychology                                                             

M.A. - Sport and Exercise Psychology               

Graduated with High Honors


Loyola University Chicago                                                                                    

B.S. - Psychology                                                                     


Oxford Executive Leadership Certificate                                                                   

Oxford University Said Business School

Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), 2011

     (formerly known as Certified Consultant - CC-AASP) 


U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, 2013

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, 2022

Pesi Telehealth Certified, 2020

Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), 2020


Awards and Honors


Fellow, American Counseling Association, 2023

ACA recognizes Fellows as counselors who have advanced the counseling profession throughout their career.

Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2021

AASP recognizes Fellows as professionals who have achieved distinction through significant contributions to academic and professional practice knowledge in sport and exercise psychology.


Leadership Excellence - 5 Star Leader, 2020

Awarded by the Midwest Region of American Counseling Association for excellence in leadership during the pandemic.

Wendell S. Dysinger Award for Outstanding Professional Counseling Publication, 2020

Illinois Counseling Association

Dr. Kerulis was recognized for contributing outstanding publications to the field of counseling. Her Mind Over Marathon™ workbook for the Chicago Psyching Team and her chapter in the Neuroeducation Toolbox: Happy Body, Happy Brain: Physical Exercise for Mental Health and Wellness were both cited innovative and important pieces.

Top Counseling Blog, 2017 

2U, Inc.

Counseling@Northwestern’s blog, edited by Dr. Michele Kerulis, was named one of the Top Counseling blogs of 2017. Blogs were selected based on strength and creativity of content, resources, activity level and engagement, and social media presence.


IMHCA Distinguished Service Award, 2016

Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)

Presented for outstanding service to counseling as a profession in Illinois. My advocacy and service at the state, regional, and national levels were recognized.


Past President Award, 2014

Illinois Counseling Association

Presented for outstanding service as Illinois Counseling Association President and excellence in leadership in the field of professional counseling.


Professor of the Year Nominee, 2014

Adler School of Professional Psychology

Nominated by the student body as a candidate for Professor of the Year.


Innovative Counselor Educator of the Year, 2013

Illinois Counselor Educators & Supervisors                                                           

Presented by the Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors for work to create an outstanding Illinois-based counseling program that emphasizes sport & health psychology.


Northern Illinois University Outstanding Woman Award, 2012

Northern Illinois University

Presented by the NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women for significant contributions to NIU through scholarship, service, community involvement, and leadership in university activities.

Select Publications


Robertson, J. & Kerulis, M. (2022). Ethical blogging for counselors. Journal of Counseling in Illinois, 7(1), 34-46.

Kerulis, M. & Wilsea, D. (2020). Happy body happy brain: Physical exercise for mental health and wellness. In Miller

      & Beeson (Eds). The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Collaborative Approaches to Infusing Neuroscience Principles in

      Counseling and Psychotherapy. Cognella Academic Publishing: San Diego, CA.

Kerulis, M. (2020). Experiment in sport. In Taylor, J. (Ed.). Comprehensive Applied Sport Psychology: From Attitude

      to Athletic Success and Everything in Between and Beyond. New York, NY:Routledge.

Kerulis, M. (2019). Sport & exercise in families. In Lebow, J., Chambers, A., Breunlin, D. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of    

      Couple and Family Therapy. New York, NY: Springer. 

Kerulis, M. (2016). Strengths based practice of clinical sport psychology. In Edwards, J. K., Young, A., & Nikels, H. J.

      (Eds). Handbook of Strengths-based Clinical Practices: Finding Common Factors. New York, NY. Taylor & Francis. 


Kerulis, M. & Cheadle, C. (2015). Are you online? Leveraging social media. In Taylor, J. (Ed.). Practice 

      Development in Sport & Performance Psychology. Morgantown, WV:  Fitness Information Technology. 


Kerulis, M. Goodman, S., & Pinsler, S. (2015) Exercise addiction. In R. Smith (ed.). Strategies and Techniques for

      Substance and Process Addictions. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson.


Kerulis, M. (2012). Aiding student-athletes with identity development. Journal of Counseling in Illinois, 2(1),39-51.

Isley, P., Karing, J., & Kerulis, M. (Eds.; 2008). Research, Planning, and Policy: Emerging Trends in Baltic and Nordic

      Lifelong Learning. Tampere, Finland: Juvenes Print. University

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