CHHS Associate Dean of Research & Innovation Wins Wilma Women to Watch Education Category

CHHS Associate Dean of Research & Innovation Wins Wilma Women to Watch Education Category

On Oct. 12, Associate Dean of Research & Innovation Justine Reel won the Education Category at Wilma’s Women to Watch Awards event that was held at the Hotel Ballast downtown Wilmington.

Reel was among six others who won in the categories of Arts, Business, Healthcare, Nonprofit, Public Service and Rising Star, which focuses on women under 30 years of age.

“It was an honor to represent CHHS and UNCW in the Education category and be selected for this prestigious award,” Reel said. “The finalists in my category are making a huge impact and were quite deserving of distinction.”

In her role as associate dean, Reel implements programs for faculty, staff and students pursuing research, such as hosting a regular writing circle for faculty to work on articles and grant applications and hosting networking Coffee Hour events on different topics.

Additionally, Reel serves as a tenured professor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. She teaches an eating disorder course within the substance use disorder and addictions certificate program for the School of Social Work as well as an innovation course for the entire college. She 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 extramural funding, she investigates ways to assess and promote intuitive exercise in clinical populations. Reel has published over one hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals, and authored six books about eating disorders. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.