Justine Reel: Ph.D., LCMHC, CC-AASP, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

Justine Reel is the associate dean of research and innovation in the College of Health and Human Services at UNCW. She also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. Prior to coming to UNCW, Reel served as a faculty member at the University of Utah from 2001-14. Prior to 2001, she served as a faculty member at West Chester University, Temple University and Salem College (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Reel completed her doctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in exercise and sport science. She also received Master of Science degrees in exercise and sport science and counselor education from UNCG. She earned her bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University.

Reel is a licensed professional counselor and certified sport psychology consultant who has treated eating disorders in clients across all levels of care including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient settings. With the support of foundation funding, she continues to investigate ways to assess and promote intuitive exercise in clinical populations. Reel has published the following books: Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders and Body Image; Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention; and The Female Athlete Triad monograph, along with over 70 journal articles and book chapters about eating disorders, obesity and other health-related topics. Her next book, Working Out: The Psychology of Sport and Exercise, will be published spring 2015. Her research interests include integrating obesity and eating disorder interventions to promote health in diverse community settings.