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MIchele Kerulis, Ed.D, Director of Sport and Health Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Kerulis Interviewed on
Student-Athletes Managing Personal
and Game-Day Pressures

After high-profile Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o reported being fooled by a false online relationship, news reports have speculated whether the distraction has impacted his play on the football field.

To discuss the pressures that student-athletes face off and on the field, Medill News Service spoke with Michele Kerulis, Ed.D., LCPC, CC-AASP, Program Director of the Counseling Psychology, Sport and Health Psychology Specialization program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She also is a Certified Consultant, Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and President Elect of the Illinois Counseling Association.

Student athletes, such as Te’o, are essentially working two full-time jobs: as college students and as athletes who spend 40+ hours a week in practices, games and traveling, Dr. Kerulis explains. Some athletes address a personal problem entirely off the field and can put it aside when it’s time to play. For other athletes, that is not so easy to do.

Click here to read “Mind games: Did the hoax affect Te'o's championship play?"


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