Dr. Michele Kerulis, Online Faculty

Dr. Michele Kerulis is a professor of counseling with Counseling@Northwestern She is certified through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, and a content expert in counseling ethics and sport and exercise psychology. She is a Past President of Illinois Counseling Association and holds leadership within the American Counseling Association. 

Dr. Kerulis is an active public speaker, private practice clinical therapist, and blogger for Counseling@Northwestern, American Counseling Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Psychology Today. Her work with the Counseling@Northwestern blog was recognized as one of the Top Counseling Blogs of 2017.

Dr. Kerulis has received recognition for her work including Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association Distinguished Service Award and Illinois Counselor Educators & Supervisors Innovative Counselor Educator of the Year award. 

Dr. Kerulis clinical areas of expertise include general mental health, sport & exercise psychology, and lifestyle & wellness. Her years of experience as an athlete, fitness professional, and therapist have created the foundation for her belief that the skills necessary to achieve success in sport and performance are the same skills necessary to achieve excellence in life. 

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Kerulis, M. & Shinitzky, H. (2019, October). Ethical Media Interactions in Sport Psychology: Analyzing Ethical Decision Making in Modern Media. Presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Portland, OR. 

Shinitzky, H., Kerulis, M., Karen, C., & Steidinger, J. (2019, August). Unique perspectives of the impact of media on sport psychology. Presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. 

Kerulis, M. (2018, February). The psychology of horror and cults: An analysis of ‘On Clover Road.’ Presented at the American Blues Theater Town Hall, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018, December). Showing up. Presented atTEDxChicago, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018, May). Analysis of Buddy: The Buddy Holly story: Celebrities’ personal lives, public lives, and the trend of premature death. Presentation at the American Blues Theater Town Hall, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018, April). Getting into the creative zone. Presented at the Savvy Women in Marketing (SWIM) Salon, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018). Sport & exercise in families. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy.New York, NY: Springer.

Kerulis, M. (2019). Experiment in sport. In J. Taylor (Ed.), Comprehensive applied sport psychology: From attitude to athletic success and everything in between and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kerulis, M. (2016). Strengths based practice of clinical sport psychology. In J. K. Edwards, A. Young, & H. J. Nikels (Eds.),Handbook of strengths-based clinical practices: Finding common factors(pp. 227–237). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Kerulis, M., Goodman, S., & Pinsler, S. (2015) Exercise addiction. In R. Smith (Ed.), Strategies and techniques for substance and process addictions(pp. 263–274). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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


The Opera Reflections: Honor, Violence, and Cultural Norms in Modern Society

The second in a series of articles on mental health themes in opera explores concepts of honor and violence.

How Runners Can Use Psychology to Achieve Success

Dr. Michele Kerulis shares tips on how to integrate sport psychology into a running program. 

Art as a Healing Expression: An Afternoon with Brandon Breaux, Part 2

In part two of their chat, Dr. Kerulis and Brandon Breaux discuss how the artist is enabling people to express their creativity and emotions.

The Opera Reflections: Modern Aging and the Unique Role of Technology

The first in a series of articles on mental health themes in opera explores concepts of aging in Gounod’s Faust and Luc Steels’ Fausto.

Art as a Healing Expression: An Afternoon with Brandon Breaux, Part 1

In part one of her discussion with artist Brandon Breaux, Dr. Michele Kerulis looks at the research behind art as a healing tool.

New ABC TV Show Shows Promise in Discussing Mental Health

Dr. Michele Kerulis shares her thoughts on how ABC’s new drama A Million Little Things could help to open dialogue around mental health and stigma.