Dr John Reece

Position

Associate Professor

School /
Work Unit

Health Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 7512

john.reece@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 201
Level: 3
Room: 14B

Bundoora West Campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering & Health

John Reece

Qualifications

BBSc(Hons), PhD LaTrobe, MAPS

Key activities

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

Background

I completed my Bachelor of Behavioural Science with Honours in 1984, and submitted my PhD in 1992 (both at La Trobe University). The title of my PhD was Cognitive Processes in the Development of Written Composition Skills: The Role of Planning, Dictation, and Computer Tools. I have been a psychology academic all my working life. I began as a casual undergraduate tutor at La Trobe in 1985, while studying for my PhD. In 1990 I was appointed as an assistant lecturer (Level A) at La Trobe, with my main role being assistant co-ordination of first-year psychology, and in 1992 I took over as co-ordinator. In April 1994 I commenced working at RMIT as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Intellectual Disability Studies (now the Discipline of Psychology in the School of Health Sciences). At the end of 1997 I received a personal promotion to senior lecturer, and at the end of 2008, I received a personal promotion to Associate Professor.

Teaching interests

My two main areas of teaching are cognitive psychology, and research methods and data analysis. I co-ordinate the following courses, and further information about these courses can be obtained from RMIT's course guide web portal.

2nd Year undergraduate

  • Cognitive Psychology (BESC 1177/1175): This second-year course is taken in first semester by those students completing RMIT's APS accredited psychology program.
  • Research Methods in Psychology (BESC1450/1451/1480; MATH1192/1193): This second-year course is taken in first semester by students completing our APS accredited psychology program. This course can also be taken by students in any other program who require an introductory, one semester course in quantitative data analysis focusing on the use of the SPSS data analysis package.

4th Year

  • Professional Issues and Research Methods (BESC1419/1420): This course is taken by students completing one of RMIT's APS approved fourth-year programs. Half of this course focuses on research methods and half focuses on the professional issues associated with being a psychologist

Postgraduate (Masters and PhD)

  • Advanced Research Methods (BESC 1415/1416/1465): This course is compulsory for all students enrolled in RMIT's postgraduate professional psychology training programs (i.e., Master of Psychology or Doctor of Psychology) and the Division of Psychology's higher degree by research programs (i.e., Masters by research or PhD). Students enrolled in higher degree by research programs in other areas of the university are also able to enrol in this course. The course is an advanced program in quantitative research methods and data analysis focusing on the use of the SPSS data analysis package.
  • I also coordinate all of the courses related to the research component of the Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology, Masters by research, and PhD programs

Administrative duties

My main administrative role within the School of Health Sciences is as Coordinator of Higher Degrees by Research, which means that I look after the interests of all higher degree by research students in the School. As part of this role, I chair the School Higher Degree by Research Committee, sit on the School Research Committee and the SEH Portfolio Higher Degrees by Research Committee.

Professional affiliations

  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Chief Examiner, Unit 4, VCE Psychology 2004 - 2006
  • Examiner, Unit 3, VCE Psychology 2004 - 2006
  • Senior Research Fellow, 2000 – 2003, Morgan Centre for Children with High Intellectual Ability, School of Psychology, University of Melbourne.
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society's Science, Academia and Education Advisory Board, 2008.
  • Committee member of the Australian Psychological Society's Teaching, Learning and Psychology Interest Group
  • Ambassador for the Australian Psychological Society's Teaching, Learning and Psychology Interest Group for the 2010 International Congress of Applied Psychology

Teaching awards

Since 2000, I have been fortunate enough to win a range of local and national teaching awards, mostly for my teaching of research methods and data analysis:

  • I have received SET Portfolio Teaching Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2005, I received a certificate of commendation for excellent practice in student-centred teaching. In 2006, I won a SET Portfolio Teaching Quality Award for student-centred teaching, which carried an award of $2,500. In 2007 I won a SET Portfolio Students' Choice Teaching Award, which carried an award of $2,000.
  • In both 2005 and 2006 I was nominated to represent the SET Portfolio at the RMIT University Teaching Awards in the area of student-centred teaching.
  • In 2006, I received a Certificate of Achievement for Student Centred Teaching at the RMIT University Teaching Awards.
  • In 2006, I was one of four academics from RMIT University to be nominated for a Carrick Teaching Citation.
  • In 2008, I received the Australian Psychological Society's Distinguished Contribution to Education Award. This is awarded to one academic in the country each year, provided there is a suitable recipient.
  • In 2008, I received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. This carried an award of $10,000.
  • In 2008, I was one of three people short-listed for the RMIT Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • In 2009 I received the RMIT University Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award; the highest teaching award offered by the University. This carries an award of $20,000.

Research interests

  • Research methods and data analysis
  • Psychological aspects of university teaching and learning
  • Positive psychology
    • Resilience
    • Emotional intelligence

As a researcher, I have over 20 years experience as a consultant on research methods, research design and quantitative data analysis to a range of clients, both internal and external to RMIT. I have special expertise in the use of the SPSS data analysis package, and have acted as a consultant and associate researcher for researchers, academics and postgraduate research students from a broad range of areas (both within and outside of RMIT), including a number of large-scale competitively funded research projects at institutions such as the Peter Mac Hospital, Austin Health, Monash University, and the University of Melbourne.

Honours students supervised to completion

  1. Kelly Doherty
  2. Kate Pearce
  3. Shelley Buchanan
  4. James Baglin
  5. Sarah Basile
  6. Adrian Schembri
  7. Aimee Velnoweth
  8. Tatjana Djokic
  9. Anica Risteska
  10. Erin Jones
  11. Ben Jones
  12. Emma Wade
  13. Yvette Wenlock
  14. Emma Wing Jan
  15. Lydia Wilson
  16. Frank Donnoli
  17. Jacqui Arbuckle
  18. Antoni Centofanti
  19. Allison Brown
  20. Helen Thomas
  21. Terry Runciman
  22. Peter Curtis-Wilson
  23. Eve Bowtell
  24. Anastasia Spathis
  25. Fiona Best (at La Trobe University)

Master of Psychology students supervised to completion

  1. Elizabeth Grant
  2. Emma Van Bavel
  3. Fiona Davis
  4. Fiona McDonald
  5. Judith Macky
  6. Lisa Warren
  7. Tracey Bentin
  8. Daisy Cameron
  9. Annette Mutimer
  10. Emma Wade
  11. Maria Mrkela
  12. Erin Hume
  13. Ellen Digre
  14. Tanya Lozanovski

Higher Degree by Research students (current and completed, first and second supervisor, including professional doctorate students)

Senior Supervisor—Completed

  1. Henry Ruiz – Masters (1999)
  2. Lara Cleeland – DPsych (2007)
  3. Helen Thomas – DPsych (2007)
  4. Emma Wade – PhD (2007)

Senior Supervisor—Ongoing

  1. Annette Mutimer – PhD
  2. Antoni Centofanti – PhD
  3. Stephanie Romagnano - PhD

Second Supervisor—Completed

  1. Sarah Barker – DPsych, completed (2005)
  2. Peggy Kadaris – PhD, completed
  3. Kerry Hempenstall – PhD, completed (1997)
  4. Ray Wilks – PhD, completed (1997)
  5. Jack Kivela – PhD, completed
  6. Mandy Kienhuis – PhD, completed (2006)

Second Supervisor—Ongoing

  1. Andrea Stewart – PhD
  2. Carolyn Thompson – PhD
  3. Adrian Schembri – DPsych
  4. Karina Hilterman – Masters
  5. Karen Elgar – PhD

Recent audited quantum-attracting publications (2005 – 2010)

  • Prain, M., McVilly, K., Reece, J., and Ramcharan, P. (In press). Observing the behaviour and interactions of adults with congenital deaf blindness living in community residences. Manuscript submitted for publication, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.
  • Van Die M.D., Burger, H., Bone K., Reece J., and Teede, H. (2009). Effects of a combination of hypericum perforatum and vitex agnus-castus on PMS-like symptoms in late-perimenopausal women: preliminary findings from a sub-population analysis. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15, 1045–1048.
  • Van Die, M.D., Teede, H.J., Bone, K.M., Reece, J.E., and Burger, H.G. (2009). Predictors of placebo response in a randomized, controlled trial of phytotherapy in menopause. Menopause, 16, 792-796.
  • Müller, S., Abernethy, B., Reece, J., Rose, M., Eid, M., McBean, R., Hart, T., and Abreu, C. (2009). An in-situ examination of the timing of information pick-up for interception by cricket batsmen of different skill levels. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 644-652.
  • Yang, A. W. H., Li, C. G., Da Costa, C., Allan, G., Reece, J., and Xue, C. C. L. (2009). Assessing quality of case series studies: Development and validation of an instrument by Herbal Medicine CAM Researchers. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15(5), 513-522.
  • Courtney, R., Reece, J., and Cohen, M. (2009). Comparison of the Manual Assessment of Respiratory Motion (MARM) and the Hi Lo Breathing Assessment in determining a simulated breathing pattern. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 12(3), 86-91.
  • Hudson, A., Reece, J., Cameron, C., and Matthews, J. (2009). Effects of child characteristics on the outcomes of a parent support program. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34, 123-132.
  • Digre, E., and Reece, J.E. (2009). Treatment response in subtypes of borderline personality disorder. Personality and Mental Health, 3, 56 – 67.
  • Walsh, M.J., Reece, J., and Donnoli, F. (2008). General health status of a sample of chiropractic patients with uncomplicated biomechanical neck or low back pain. Chiropractic Journal of Australia, 38, 75-80.
  • Watanabe, N., Reece, J.E., and Polus, B.I. (2007). Effects of body position on autonomic regulation of cardiovascular function in young, healthy adults. Chiropractic and Osteopathy, 15, 19-33.
  • Martin, P.R., Lae, L.,and Reece, J.E. (2007). Stress as a trigger for headaches: Relationship between exposure and sensitivity. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 20, 393-407.
  • Martin, P.R., Forsyth, M., and Reece, J.E. (2007). Cognitive-behavioral therapy versus temporal pulse amplitude biofeedback training for recurrent headache. Behavior Therapy.
  • Boscaglia, L. Xenos, S. and Reece, J. (2007). Puberty blues: The relationship between pubertal development, gender, coping, stress, and psychological adjustment. In N.J. Voudouris (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Grant, C., Xenos, S., Smith, D., and Reece, J.E. (2007). Intimate Partner Abuse Among Australian Students: Prevalence and Attitudes. In N.J. Voudouris (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Mutimer, A., Reece, J.E., and Matthews, J. (2007). Parenting practices and their relationship to resilience in preschool children. In N.J. Voudouris (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Quinlivan, T., Xenos, S., Chester, A., and Reece, J.E. (2007). The transition to university: Factors predicting academic performance in undergraduate students. In N.J. Voudouris (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Thomas, H., Reece, J.E., and Xenos, S. (2007). Exploring resilience in indigenous Australian adolescents. In N.J. Voudouris (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Schembri, A.J., and Reece, J.E. (2007). Psychosocial correlates of resilience in early adulthood. In N.J. Voudouris (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Wade, E.L., Reece, J.E., and Little, E. (2007). BRAVO! Building resilience and victim's optimism: An intervention program for victims of school bullying. In N.J. Voudouris (Ed.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Mutimer, A, Reece, J.E., and Matthews, J. (2007). Child Resilience: Relationships between stress, adaptation and family functioning. Electronic Journal of Applied Psychology, 3(1), 16-25.
  • Brophy, L.M., Reece, J.E., and McDermott (2006). A cluster analysis of people on Community Treatment Orders in Victoria, Australia. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29, 469-481
  • Centofanti, A.T., and Reece, J.E. (2006). The cognitive interview and its effect on misleading post-event information. Psychology, Crime and Law, 12, 669-683.
  • Martin, P.R., Reece, J.E., and Forsyth, M. (2006). Noise as a trigger for headaches: Relationships between exposure and sensitivity. Headache, 46, 962-972.
  • Mutimer, A., and Reece, J. (2006). Family functioning and its relationship to child resilience status in preschool children. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Schembri, A.J., Reece, J.E., and Wade, E.L. (2006). Bully Victimisation and psychosocial health: Sex differences in depression, anxiety, social problems, and perceived wellness. Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 23(2), 17-34.
  • Thomas, H., and Reece, J. (2006). Exploring resilience: A comparison of Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australian adolescents. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Wade, E., and Reece, J. (2006). Resilient victims of bullying: Predictors of positive outcomes. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Martin, P.R., Todd, J., and Reece, J.E. (2005). Effects of noise and a stressor on head pain. Headache, 45, 1353-1364.

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