Dr John Reece completed his Bachelor of Behavioural Science with Honours in 1984, and submitted his PhD in 1992 (both at La Trobe University). The title of his PhD was Cognitive Processes in the Development of Written Composition Skills: The Role of Planning, Dictation, and Computer Tools. He has been a psychology academic all his working life. He began as a casual undergraduate tutor at La Trobe in 1985, while studying for his PhD. In 1990 he was appointed as an assistant lecturer (Level A) at La Trobe, with his main role being assistant co-ordination of first-year psychology, and in 1992 he took over as co-ordinator. In April 1994 he 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 he received a personal promotion to senior lecturer, and at the end of 2008, he received a personal promotion to Associate Professor.
- Research methods and data analysis
- Psychological aspects of university teaching and learning
- Positive psychology
- Emotional intelligence
Dr Reece has 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. He has special expertise in the use of the SPSS data analysis package, and has 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.
Since 2000, Dr Reece has won a range of local and national teaching awards, mostly for his teaching of research methods and data analysis:
- He received SET Portfolio Teaching Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2005, he also received a certificate of commendation for excellent practice in student-centred teaching. In 2006, he won a SET Portfolio Teaching Quality Award for student-centred teaching, which carried an award of $2,500. In 2007 he won a SET Portfolio Students' Choice Teaching Award, which carried an award of $2,000.
- In both 2005 and 2006 he was nominated to represent the SET Portfolio at the RMIT University Teaching Awards in the area of student-centred teaching.
- In 2006 he received a Certificate of Achievement for Student Centred Teaching at the RMIT University Teaching Awards.
- In 2006 he was one of four academics from RMIT University to be nominated for a Carrick Teaching Citation.
- In 2008 he 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 he received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. This carried an award of $10,000.
- In 2008 he was one of three people short-listed for the RMIT Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.
- In 2009 he 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.
- Associate Professor of Psychology
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.
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.
Dr Reece also coordinates all of the courses related to the research component of the Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology, Masters by research, and PhD programs
Dr Reece's main administrative role within the School of Health Sciences is as Coordinator of Higher Degrees by Research, which means that he looks after the interests of all higher degree by research students in the School. As part of this role, he also chairs the School Higher Degree by Research Committee, sits on the School Research Committee and the SEH Portfolio Higher Degrees by Research Committee.
BBSc(Hons), PhD LaTrobe, MAPS
- 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
- Damiano, S.,Reece, J.,Reid, S.,Atkins, L.,Patton, G. (2015). Maladaptive schemas in adolescent females with anorexia nervosa and implications for treatment In: Eating Behaviors, 16, 64 - 71
- Damiano, S.,Reece, J.,Reid, S.,Atkins, L.,Patton, G. (2015). (In Press) Empirically derived subtypes of full and subthreshold anorexia nervosa in adolescent females: understanding general psychopathology and treatment implications In: Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, , 1 - 19
- Milgrom, J.,Gemmill, A.,Ericksen, J.,Burrows, G.,Buist, A.,Reece, J. (2015). Treatment of postnatal depression with cognitive behavioural therapy, sertraline and combination therapy: A randomised controlled trial In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49, 236 - 245
- Ryan, T.,Chester, A.,Reece, J.,Xenos, S. (2014). The uses and abuses of Facebook: A review of Facebook addiction In: Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 3, 133 - 148
- Singh, N.,Reece, J. (2014). Psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and their combination for adolescents with major depressive disorder: A meta-analysis In: The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 31, 47 - 65
- Halpern, J.,Cohen, M.,Kennedy, G.,Reece, J.,Cahan, C.,Baharav, A. (2014). Yoga for improving sleep quality and quality of life of older adults In: Alternative Thearapies in Health and Medicine, 20, 37 - 46
- Bonello, R.,Cohen, M.,Reece, J.,Aggarwal, A.,Rigney, C. (2014). A postmarket surveillance study on electro-neuro-adaptive-regulator therapy In: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, , 1 - 6
- Martin, P.,Reece, J.,Callan, M.,MacLeod, C.,Kaur, A.,Gregg, K.,Goadsby, P. (2014). Behavioral management of the triggers of recurrent headache: A randomized controlled trial In: Behaviour Research and Therapy, 61, 1 - 11
- Martin, P.,Mackenzie, S.,Bandarian-Balooch, S.,Brunelli, A.,Broadley, S.,Reece, J.,Goadsby, P. (2014). Enhancing cognitive-behavioural therapy for recurrent headache: Design of a randomised controlled trial In: BMC Neurology, 14, 1 - 8
- Tyagi, A.,Cohen, M.,Reece, J.,Telles, S. (2014). An explorative study of metabolic responses to mental stress and yoga practices in yoga practitioners, non-yoga practitioners and individuals with metabolic syndrome In: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14, 1 - 10
- RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowship - Dr. Charlotte Paterson. Funded by: RMIT Foundation from (2010 to 2011)
1 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions2 Prof Doc Completions and 12 PhD Completions