Professor of Psychology
BA, Goshen College, 1992
MAPS, Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology, 1995
MATS, Fuller Theological Seminary School of Theology, 1996
PHDCP, Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology, 1998
- Research on academic success in college students.
An introduction to the methods, concepts and principles used in the study of behavior. Includes a survey of topics in psychological development, individual differences, memory, personality structure, mental health, learning and social psychology.
Heroic Acts and Heinous Crimes
Why do some people give their lives for another while others kill with little thought? Are the causes internal (personality, psychopathology, spiritual) or external (social standing, socioeconomic status, injustice)? Is it nature or nurture? This course will survey research in social psychology, examine cultural considerations, and explore relevant biblical passages.
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
A study of the primary theories of counseling/psychotherapy and the contemporary issues that have changed the field. Significant emphasis will be placed on understanding the research on efficacy/effectiveness, exploring the current realities of delivering psychotherapy, and the ethics relevant to psychotherapy. Specific techniques will also be examined.
An introduction to the physiology of the brain and central nervous system and their effects on psychological processes.
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
A study of the major issues facing someone entering the professional world of delivering psychological services to others. Critical thinking about the most recent diagnosis and treatment modalities will be emphasized. Other topics include ethics, psychopharmacology, counseling, health psychology, psychobiology and community psychology.
A study of psychological testing theory, test administration and test interpretation. The course will survey intellectual, aptitude, achievement, interest, personality and neurological assessment. Students will be given direct experience with tests from each of these categories.
Senior Seminar in Psychology
A focus on integrative issues concerning psychology and Christian faith. Questions related to psychology as a profession will also be addressed.
Psychology of Religion
Lectures & Presentations
Reese, J & Malony, N. (1997, November). Peace beliefs and responses to interpersonal frustration. Paper presented at the meeting of the Religious Research Association.
Carney, P., Thayer, J., Yoder-Hosopple, M., Reese, J., Koontz, T, & Neufeld, M. (2003 October). Practice as a pathway to peace. Paper presented at the annual 3rd Annual Formation and Renewal Conference, University of Notre Dame.
Reese, J. (2007, March). Those yet to commit: College students’ attitudes towards marriage and divorce. Paper presented at the annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies,King of Prussia: PA.
Memberships & Associations
American Psychological Association
Christian Association for Psychological Studies
Religious Research Association
Indiana Psychologist License
Church & Community Service
Julie is very active in her church, Yellow Creek Mennonite, having served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, VBS worship leader, children’s worship leader, and women’s fellowship president. She is currently a church representative to the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. She is also actively involved in the Fairfield School System having served as president of the New Paris PTO. In the past, she has been a member of the board of directors for Individuals and Families in Transition in Elkhart, IN.