Dr. Bob Reese

Magis Thinking
To Thrive!

About Me

Academic Background

Bob Reese, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences 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: 

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

The 13th Step: Thriving in Recovery

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.  

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


Develop the Winner's Mentality

  Tired of feeling out of control, overwhelmed, or like you’re just spinning your wheels? Develop The Winner’s Mentality ~ 5 Essential Mental Skills for Enduring Success will enable you not only get out of your rut, but begin to cause your future. This book is a composite of my experience and education in cognitive, behavioral, & performance psychology. It incorporates  the necessity of integrating energetic and emotional components.  Develop The Winner’s Mentality reflects my regeneration from disconsolation to enduring success and abundance. It can be your path to enduring success also.   



Bob is available for Keynotes, lectures, and short courses. Topics include:

  • Addiction Recovery
    • Setting Boundaries
    • Identifying & Overcome Dysfunction
  • Positive Psychology
    • Embellishing Gratitude 
    • Overcoming the Dark Night of the Soul
  • The Enneagram & Personality
    • Self-Awareness
    • Discover Who You Am!
  • Mental Skills & Positivity

The 13th Step: Thriving in Recovery

  Do You Know Who You Am? 

You cannot thrive in recovery from addiction unless you Know Who You Am! 

Few books on addiction address maintaining recovery, much less thriving in recovery. The 13th Step utilizes Bob's story—including his 25 years in the NFL— to integrate research from the psychology of addiction recovery with interventions from positive and performance psychology to encourage the positive change necessary to take the 13th Step to thrive in recovery. 


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Dr. Bob Reese


(540) 819-5704