Julie Reese

Professor of Psychology

Julie Reese


  • 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

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Research on academic success in college students. I am exploring multiple variables related to student academic success such as motivation, problem solving, attribution, and optimistic bias. While previous research has established that these are important variables, the purpose of this research is to create a model to help predict student success and identify students who are at risk. Ultimately, the goal is to translate these findings into effective interventions to ensure greater academic success for more students.

General Psychology
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.

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.

Social Psychology
A study of the influence of society on the individual and of the individual on society. Involves the study of person-to-person transactions, with emphasis on attitudes and small group structure and process.

Psychology of Religion
A study of the interaction of psychological dynamics and religious behavior. Includes study of belief systems, faith, behavior change, conversion, lifestyles, personality, and religious persuasion.

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Historical Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Senior Internship
  • Heroic Acts & Heinous Crimes
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy

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.

  • American Psychological Association
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies
  • Religious Research Association
  • Indiana Psychologist License
Julie and Kali with friends at Making Strides 2012


Flower gardening

Healthy eating and cooking


Upcyling used clothing

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”
–Annual Event–

On April 26, 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. While such a diagnosis is often a shock, having no risk factors and no family history, I would never have expected to hear such news. Following a bilateral mastectomy, 5 months of harsh chemotherapy, and 32 radiation treatments, I am now on follow-up visits every 6 months.

I took a leave of absence from teaching during the 2011-2012 academic year. My return to teaching has been exciting and exhausting! During the 9 months of treatment, I was fortunate to have very few side effects. Still, I am physically not quite the same person I was before the treatment. The spring semester was particularly difficult due to teaching 2 new classes.

I praise God for all of the blessings during my experience. I met so many wonderful people. The medical staff at IU Goshen Center for Cancer Care were so compassionate, understanding, and fun! Yes, I found ways to have fun in the midst of a very crappy situation!

Unlike some medical conditions which can be managed by lifestyle, cancer, for the most part, is a disease where the causes are rarely known.

Living as a survivor is about seeking to live each day well and hoping that the cancer does not return. News of people who have died from cancer sends a shiver of fear through me. My hope is secure in Christ, but I desire to have many more years watching my daughters grow and spending time with my husband.

Going through cancer has helped me grow in my compassion for others and in my desire to live according to what is really most valuable to me. My experience has opened the door to many meaningful conversations with other patients, students, and medical staff.

Mininger Grant – 2013: Departmental review and enrichment (Learning and the Brain Conference in San Francisco, CA)

Mininger Grant – 2015: Attend Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, GA


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.