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Toni Tollerud

TITLE: Presidential Teaching Professor of Counseling
AREA: Faculty
PHONE: (815) 753-9311
FAX: (815) 753-9309


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa


  • Curriculum Vita
  • Biography

    Dr. Toni R. Tollerud is a professor of Counseling in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. She was recently named a 2008 Presidential Teaching Professorship Award Winner for NIU. In her 18 plus years at NIU she has coordinated the program and served as Director of Internship and the School Counseling Program. Since 2003 she has completed over 100 workshops on supervision issues across the state of Illinois to meet continuing education requirements. She is also an accomplished counselor educator and consults all over the state on issues related to supervision, career development, and school counseling.

    In 2003 she received the Illinois Counselor Educator's Educator of the Year Award and in 2002, Dr. Tollerud's work in career development in schools was honored by the Illinois Career Development Association's Leadership in Career Development Award. She has received the Illinois School Counselor's Association Advocate of the Year Award in 2000, and in 1996 was honored by the Illinois Counseling Association as Counselor of the Year. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Distinguished Service Award and the Illinois Counseling Association Outstanding Research Publication Award.

    Dr. Tollerud is Past-President of the Illinois Counseling Association and works to promote the unity, advocacy, and professionalism of all counselors in the state. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified School Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a graduate of the University of Iowa. She also holds certificates for elementary and secondary teaching and school guidance for the State of Illinois. Personally, she has three grown sons, loves and performs music, enjoys Italian food, and loves traveling with her partner.

  • Textbooks and Related Works by Professor Tollerud

    Dr. Tollerud has coauthored several book chapters on the topics of social-emotional literacy, social justice, school counseling, and counseling children. Her presentations and workshops cover a wide array of topics including school counseling, supervision. She also enjoys publishing with students. A sample of her most recent publications include:

    Tollerud, T. R. & Slabon, L. S. (2009). Counseling gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. In C. Ellis & J. Carlson: Counseling for Social Justice, ACA Publications.(to be released in December)

    Tollerud, T. R., & Nejedlo, R. J. (2008). Designing and implementing a developmental counseling curriculum. In A. Vernon (Ed.), Counseling children and adolescents (4th . ed.). Denver, CO: Love Publishing. (Revised Chapter)

    McFarland, W. & Tollerud, T. R. (2008). Counseling children with special issues. In A. Vernon (Ed.). Counseling children and adolescents (4th. ed.). Denver, CO: Love Publishing. (Revised Chapter)

    *Patrick, S., Sells, J., Giordano, F., & Tollerud, T. (2007). Intimacy, differentiation, and personality variables as predictors of marital satisfaction. The Family Journal, 15, 4.

    *Beckenbach, J., Giordano, F., Sells, J., & Tollerud, T. (2007). Sexual abuse and forgiveness: A regression analysis. Professional Issues in Counseling, Summer. Retrieved from

    McCabe, M., Tollerud, T., & Axelrod, J. (2006). A state mandate for social-emotional literacy: Implications for school counselors. In J. Pellitteri, R. Stern, C. Shelton, & B. Muller-Ackerman (Eds.), Emotionally intelligent school counseling, (Chapter 17, pp.239-252). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Pub.

  • Special Interests, Service Work

    Her research interests include Supervision, Developmental School Counseling, and specifically Social-Emotional Learning, Counseling Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Persons, Grief, Loss, Crisis, Spirituality Issues, and Counseling Women.