Academic Background

Bob Reese, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, VA. where he now teaches exclusively online.

He earned his Bachelors degree from Purdue University; his Masters in Psychology from Regis University, and his Doctorate from Virginia Tech.

Bob is the author of two books:

The 13th Step: Thriving in Recovery

Develop the Winner's Mentality: 5 Essential Mental Skills for Enduring Success



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Professional Experience

Bob began his career as the Head Athletic Trainer for Boston College. He moved on to be the Assistant AT for the Buffalo Bills, which led to him becoming the Head AT for the NY Jets for 20 years.

After the NFL he worked as a mental skills trainer and success coach until he returned to college, earned his PhD, and has been teaching psychology at the college level since 2002.

Since he began teaching he has been named "E-Teacher of the Year" twice and is consistently nominated for other Faculty Excellence Awards in Teaching, Advising, and Student Scholarship Development. Bob is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Radford University in Southwest Virginia.

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Research Interests

Bob's research interests are all framed in Positive Psychology – the psychology of well-being. He is currently engaged in research projects on the recovery processes in addiction at the Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC) housed at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.

As part of Dr. Warren Bickel’s research team he has been instrumental in helping to create and launch the International Quit & Recovery Registry, a novel approach that employs crowd-sourcing technology to establish, maintain, and grow an unprecedented database on the process of recovery.  

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Do you know Who You Am?

If you want to thrive and flourish – to be happy – then you must be willing to embrace positive change in your life. I don’t believe this can be accomplished without achieving an understanding of Self. Or, as I like to tell my students: You’ve got to know Who You Am! While this is not proper English, it is memorable – which in this case is more important. Knowing Who You Am is essential to thriving and flourishing. It is also an essential element necessary to develop the resilience to overcome and bounce back from life’s setbacks.

Many years of research and a lifetime of experience have convinced me that our ability to thrive, flourish, and be resilient in the world is actualized through a positive psychology. Positive psychology is much greater than the notion of positive thinking. While positive thinking is a necessary ingredient, it can only take you so far. Positive psychology encourages you to focus on your strengths, and to take your next steps in a positive, growth-oriented direction to actualize your potentials.

And if you want that change to endure, again you must know Who You Am! Learning Who You Am is both challenging and humbling, but well worth the effort.

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If you are in Addiction Recovery, help Bob and the Research Team for  the International Quit and Recovery Registry help others.

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My mission is to facilitate individuals – especially those in recovery from addictions -  and groups to thrive and flourish in life.

My passion is educating learners, teachers, coaches, counselors, therapists, etc. in these facilitative techniques so they can reach more individuals than I can alone.

When you or your organization is ready to take the Next Step, contact Dr. Bob