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Jim Reese, Ph.D.

james.reese@mountmarty.edu

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Position:

  • Associate Professor, English
  • Mount Marty College

Education:

  • Ph.D., English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • M.A., English, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • B.S., English, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

Current Research: The goal of this study is to investigate the chronic and/or recurring effects of anxiety and depression in expressive writing and/or physical exercise in a rural community during and after trials. This will be achieved and quantified by use of subjective mental health questionnaires, journaling and the monitoring of cardiorespiratory parameters and blood pressure following writing session(s) over the long term from pre- to post-intervention. We hope to determine whether concentrated writing, similar to an exercise and/or resistance-training approach, produces an increase in mental and physical well-being. Investigating both male and female participants, we seek to determine which approach, and/or combination of approaches, is most effective to potentially be later applied in subjects with documented mental health issues or post-traumatic stress disorder.