For inquiries about human subjects research at Northeastern, please contact the Chair of the IRB, Dr. Shedeh Tavakoli.

For inquiries about grant development or post-award management, please contact the Director of Research and Sponsored Projects, Ms. Sharon Todd.

For inquiries about general research policies and research support, please contact the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Michael Stern.

Michael J. Stern
Michael
J.
Stern
Ph.D.
Dean
College of Graduate Studies and Research
Research and Sponsored Projects
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Studies and Research
Phone
(773) 442-6010
Courses Taught
Genetics
Developmental Biology
Research Interests
Molecular developmental genetics: • FGF signaling and cell migration guidance mechanisms in the nematode C. elegans, • computational representation of biological system behavior. I am interested in biological and computational approaches to understanding developmental biology, which is the process by which complex, multicellular animals develop from single-cell fertilized eggs. My biological interests have focused on understanding how cells within multicellular animals “talk” with each other to coordinate the requisite developmental processes that generate and maintain the normal structures and functions of complex, multicellular animals, and that go awry in the wide range of pathologies. My specific areas of focus have concentrated on analyzing the cell-to-cell signaling mechanisms that guide migrating cells to their proper targets and that mediate fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signal transduction. My laboratory has used molecular-genetic approaches to study the cell migrations of the sex myoblasts and FGF signaling in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. My computational interests lie in developing modeling methodologies to represent biological systems, with the goal of enhancing our understanding of these systems via the formalization and integration of the increasingly complex array of available biological data.
Education

B.S. Yale University, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, 1981, summa cum laude

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Biochemistry, 1986

Selected Publications

1. Stern, M.J., Ames, G.F.-L. , Smith, N.H., Robinson, E.C. and Higgins, C.F. (1984) "Repetitive Extragenic Palindromic Sequences: A major component of the bacterial genome." Cell 37:1015-1026 PMID: 6378385

2. Thomas, J.H., Stern, M.J. and Horvitz, H.R. (1990) "Cell interactions coordinate the development of the C. elegans egg-laying system." Cell 62:1041-1052 PMID: 1821851

3. Clark, S.G., Stern, M.J., and Horvitz, H.R. (1992) "C. elegans cell-signalling gene sem-5 encodes a protein with SH2 and SH3 domains." Nature 356:340-344 PMID: 1372395

4. Stern, M.J., Marengere, L.E.M., Daly, R.J., Lowenstein, E.J., Kokel, M., Batzer, A., Olivier, P., Pawson, T. and Schlessinger, J. (1993) "The human GRB2 and Drosophila Drk genes can functionally replace the Caenorhabditis elegans cell signaling gene sem-5." Mol. Biol. Cell 4:1175-1188 PMID: 8305738

5. Marengere, L.E.M., Zhou, S., Gish, G.D., Schaller, M.D., Parsons, J.T., Stern, M.J., Cantley, L.C. and Pawson, T. (1994) "SH2 domain specificity and activity modified by a single residue." Nature 369:502-505 PMID: 7515480

6. DeVore, D.L., Horvitz, H.R, and Stern, M.J. (1995) "An FGF receptor signaling pathway is required for the normal cell migration of the sex myoblasts in C. elegans hermaphrodites." Cell 83:611-620 PMID: 7585964

7. Burdine, R.D., Branda, C.S. and Stern, M.J. (1998) "EGL-17(FGF) expression coordinates the attraction of the migrating sex myoblasts with vulval induction in C. elegans." Development 125, 1083-1093 PMID: 9463355

8. Kokel, M., Borland, C.Z., Horvitz, H.R, and Stern, M.J. (1998) "clr-1 encodes a receptor tyrosine phosphatase that negatively regulates an FGF receptor signaling pathway in C. elegans." Genes Dev 12, 1425-1437 PMID: 9585503

9. Mihaylova, V.T., Borland, C.Z., Manjarrez, L., Stern, M.J., and Sun, H. (1999) "The PTEN tumor suppressor homolog in C. elegans regulates longevity and dauer formation in an insulin-receptor like signaling pathway." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 96, 7427-7432 PMID: 10377431

10. Goodman, S.J., Branda, C.S., Robinson, M.K., Burdine, R.D. and Stern, M.J. (2003) “Alternative splicing affecting a novel domain in the C. elegans EGL-15 FGF receptor confers functional specificity.” Development 130:3757-3766 PMID: 12835392

11. Sadot, A., Fisher, J., Barak, D., Admanit, Y., Stern, M.J., Hubbard, E.J.A. and Harel, D. (2007). “Towards Verified Biological Models.” IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics 5:223-234. PMID: 18451431

12. Lo, T.-W., Branda, C.S., Huang, P., Sasson, I.E., Goodman, S.J., and Stern, M.J. (2008). “Different isoforms of the C. elegans FGF receptor are required for attraction and repulsion of the migrating sex myoblasts.” Dev. Biol. 318:268-275 PMID: 18455716

13. Kam, N., Kugler, H., Marelly, R., Appleby, L., Fisher J, Pnueli, A., Harel, D., Stern, M.J., Hubbard, E.J. (2008). “A scenario-based approach to modeling development: a prototype model of C. elegans vulval fate specification.” Dev. Biol. 323:1-5 PMID: 18706404

14. Lo, T.-W., Bennett, D.C., Goodman, S.J., and Stern, M.J. (2010). “Caenorhabditis elegans fibroblast growth factor receptor signaling can occur independently of the multi-substrate adaptor FRS2.” Genetics 185:537-547 PMID: 20308281

15. Tian, C., Shi, H., Colledge, C., Stern, M., Waterston, R., and Liu, J. (2011). “The C. elegans SoxC protein SEM-2 opposes differentiation factors to promote a proliferative blast cell fate in the postembryonic mesoderm.” Development 138:1033-1043 PMID: 21307099

Background

Northeastern Illinois University

          Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research, 2013- present

          Professor of Biology, 2013- present

University of Central Florida

          Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies, 2007- 2013

          Professor of Biology, 2007- 2013

Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Genetics

     Associate Professor of Genetics with tenure, 2000-2007

          Director of Graduate Studies, Genetics Graduate Program 2001-2007

          Co-Director, MCGD Track of the BBS, 2002 - 2004

     Meyerhoff Visiting Professor, Weizmann Institute, ISRAEL, 1999-2000

     Associate Professor of Genetics, 1997-2000

     Director of Graduate Admissions, Genetics and Development Track,

     Program in Biomedical and Biological Sciences,  1997-1999

     Assistant Professor of Genetics, 1991-1997

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biology

          Dr. H. Robert Horvitz, advisor

          Research Associate of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1989-1991

          American Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1986-1989

College of Graduate Studies and Research
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Lech Walesa Hall, Room 0041
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-6010
Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Dr. Shedeh Tavakoli
Shedeh
Tavakoli
Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Counselor Education
College of Education
Phone
(773) 442-5604
Expertise
Licensed clinical professional counselor with experience in trauma-related mental health disorders; clinical supervisor; posttraumatic stress disorder and posttraumatic growth; crisis and trauma counseling; neurobiology, interpersonal trauma, affect regulation and attachment; and emotion focused therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy
Courses Taught
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling
COUN-403 Theories of Counseling
COUN-438 Crisis and Trauma Counseling
COUN-444 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN-464 Internship I: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN-474 Internship II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Research Interests
Supervisee anxiety and the supervisory relationship; risk and predictor factors of posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth; neurobiology of attachment and interpersonal trauma; cultural considerations in counseling military personnel and veterans with posttraumatic stress; effectiveness of emotion focused therapy on complex trauma; impact of expressive writing on acculturative stress.
Education

Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.

Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling, M.A.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Psychology and Sociology, B.A.

Selected Publications

Darnell, F.J., Johansen, A., Tavakoli, S., Brugnone, N. (2016). Adoption and Identity Experiences among Adult Transnational Adoptees: A Qualitative Study. Adoption Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2016.1217574

Johansen, A. Tavakoli, S., Bjelland, I. E, Lumely, M. (2015). Constructivist SimultaneousTreatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma, and Addiction Comorbidity: A Qualitative Case Study. Qualitative Health Research. doi: 10.1177/1049732315618659

Tavakoli, S., Chen, M., Zook, N., Bethea, S. (2015). Attachment, Combat Exposure, and Posttraumatic Cognitions as Predictors of PTSD and PTG in Veterans. Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 3 (2), 113 - 130.

Tavakoli, S., Zook, N., Hull, G. (2015). Multicultural Considerations for Counseling Military Personnel and Veterans with Co-occurring PTSD and SUD. Kentucky Counseling Association Journal, 1(1), 19 -33.

Hijazi, A.M., Tavakoli, S., Slavin-Spenny, O.M., & Lumley, M.A.  (2011).  Targeting interventions: Moderators of the effects of assertiveness training and expressive writing on the adjustment of international university students. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 33, 101-112.

Tavakoli, S., Lumley, M., Hijazi, A., Slavin, O. & Parris, G. (2009) Effects of assertiveness training and expressive writing on acculturative stress in international students: A randomized trial. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 590-596.

Coven, A., Araujo, J., Van Hall, K., Tavakoli-Moayed, S., Collins, A., Enwiya, J., Boyes, K.(2007). Teaching a doctoral course in consultation: A parallel process. Dimensions of Counseling, 34(1). 

 

Selected Exhibitions

Tavakoli, S., Lipkin, G. (November 2017). Supervision of Trauma Counselors: A Neuroscience based Approach. Presented at the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Lisle, IL

Schwartzbaum, S. & Tavakoli, S. (November, 2017). Couples counseling with veterans: One size does not fit all. Presented the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Lisle, IL

Tavakoli, S., Lipkin, G. (October, 2017). Essentials of Neuroscience in Training Trauma Counselors. Presented at the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Schwartzbaum, S. & Tavakoli, S. (March, 2017). Couples counseling with veterans: One size does not fit all. Presented the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Northbrook, IL

Tejada, L., Tavakoli, S., Bloom, Z. (January, 2017). Compassionate Grading: Responding to the student, respecting the standards. Presented at the NEIU Lead and Learn Symposium. Chicago, IL

Tavakoli, S. (April, 2016). Counseling Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. One hour workshop presented at the American and Canadian Counseling Association Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec

Tavakoli, S., Zook, N. (July, 2016). Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress & Posttraumatic Growth Among Military Veterans: Research and Clinical Implications. One hour workshop presented at the American and Canadian Counseling Association Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec

Tavakoli, S. (July 2016). Simultaneous Treatment for Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. 90-minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Tavakoli, S. (July 2016). Simultaneous Treatment for Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. 90-minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Tejada, L. & Tavakoli (July 2016). Basics of Developmental Supervision. Workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Tavakoli, S. (April, 2015). A Rational for Emotion-Focused Treatment for Comorbid Substance Use Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress. Presented as part of a 90-minute symposium at the IV International Congress of CIPD, Barcelona, Spain 

Tavakoli, S. (November, 2015). Counseling Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. One hour workshop presented at the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Skokie, IL

Tavakoli, S & Tejada, L (July, 2015). Conceptualizing Complex Interpersonal Trauma Through the AN-CABS Model of Assessment and Treatment Planning. A 90- minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Tavakoli, S., Zook, N. & Tejada, L (July, 2015). Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress & Posttraumatic Growth Among Military Veterans: Research and Clinical Implications. A 90-minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Tavakoli, S. & Zook, N. (March, 2015). Risk and Predictor Factors for PTSD and PTG in Military Veterans: A Strength-based Paradigm. A one-hour workshop presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

Tejada, L. & Tavakoli (March, 2015). Basics of Developmental Supervision. A 1.5-hour presentation at the Illinois Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Annual Conference, Naperville, IL

Tavakoli, S., (March, 2014). “Attachment and relational trauma: Neurobiological and social-cognitive considerations”. Illinois Counseling Association-Southern Conference, Collinsville, IL

Tavakoli, S., & Hall, G. (July 2013). “Counseling Considerations for Working with Ethnically Diverse Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD”. A one-hour presentation at the National Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC

Tavakoli, S., & Hall, G. (December 2012). “Counseling Considerations for Working with Ethnically Diverse Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD”.   A workshop presented at the Chicago Counseling Association meeting

Hall, G. & Tavakoli, S. (November 2012). Counseling LGBT Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD, poster session. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Springfield, IL Springfield, IL

Tavakoli, S. & Hall, G. (November 2012). “Ethnic Differences in Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD, poster session. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Springfield, IL

Tavakoli, S., Hall, G., and Gilliam, N. (November 2012). Ethnic Differences in Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD. Workshop presented at Argosy University Counselor Education & Supervision Department, Chicago, IL

Hull, G., & Tavakoli, S. (July 2012). A Review and implications for counseling military personnel and veterans with PTSD. American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL

Tavakoli, S., & Hall, G. (November, 2011). Strategies and implications for decreasing counseling students’ anxiety and increasing self-efficacy. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference. Skokie, IL

Hall, G., & Tavakoli, S. (November 2011). A Review and implications for counseling military personnel and veterans with PTSD. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference. Skokie, IL

LWH 4074
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5604
Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Sharon Todd
Sharon
Todd
Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
Research and Sponsored Projects
Expertise
All aspects of grant development, submission, and management.
Education

B.A., National Louis University, 2000

Background

Ms. Todd came to Northeastern in 2013, after a long, successful career in grants administration at the City Colleges of Chicago. 

Lech Walesa Hall 0043
5500 N St Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment