JUSTINE J. REEL, PhD portrait
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Health Promotion & Education
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Education

Research Summary

Her grant-funded research focuses on promoting a healthy relationship with food, exercise and one's body among adolescents and their family. Her completed NIH R21investigated innovative assessment tools to measure activity levels of adolescents. Currently she has funding to implement and evaluate a mothers and daughters eating disorder and obesity prevention program. She has widely studied and published in the area of weight-related body image pressures among male and female athletes.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise and Sport Science , University of North Carolina
  • Master of Science, Exercise and Sport Science , University of North Carolina A
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, North Carolina State University


Justine Reel is from Cary, North Carolina and she received her doctoral degree in Exercise and Sport Science from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After teaching at Salem College, West Chester University and Temple University she became a faculty member at University of Utah. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Education who focuses on eating disorder and obesity prevention. She is the author of "Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders and Body Image" and is working on her second book.