John Lothes, II, Ed.D., M.A., LPA, Lecturer

John LothesJohn Lothes' academic career began in January 2005, as a faculty member at James Sprunt Community College. In August 2005, he returned to UNCW, where he earned his Master’s degree, to teach in the Psychology department. In 2012, Dr. Lothes joined the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences as an adjunct WPA 101 faculty member, bringing with him a specialization in martial arts training and a research back ground in mindfulness. Currently, Dr. Lothes holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt) in Aikido and is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. As a WPA 101 instructor, John has taught self-defense, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Functional Fitness classes.

Dr. Lothes earned his BA in Psychology from Shepherd University in 2000. After working for the West Virginia Children's Home Society, he decided to continue his education in the mental health field and in 2004 earned his master's degree in clinical psychology at UNCW. In 2017, Dr. Lothes earned his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from UNCW's Watson School of Education.  

Dr. Lothes' research and publications include examining mindfulness and the role it plays on mental health, the development of mindfulness, and how mindfulness interventions may have an effect on college student test anxiety. He also does research on brief interventions of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Settings. He has a number of publications and conference presentations on the topics of mindfulness and DBT. His current research interests have moved into examining student perceptions about health and well-being and how WPA 101 classes and instructors may have an impact on student wellness.