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Ray is a Lecturer in Sport Psychology, BPS Chartered Psychologist, British Athletics Licensed Coach (Jumping Events), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He joined the Institute for Sport, PE, and Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in November 2021, having previously worked at the University of the West of Scotland (2016–2021) where he was Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree. Ray has been actively involved in real-world sport in a number of capacities, including athlete (e.g., Commonwealth Games finalist and 2.28m high jumper), coach (e.g., guided Nikki Manson to Scottish women's high jump record of 1.93m), referee (e.g., basketball), and consultant.

Ray’s interests relate to interdisciplinary research and practice linking sport psychology, coaching instruction, and motor learning/performance. His recent research has focused on exploring the impact of coaching instruction (e.g., traditional verbal instructions or analogies) on performance, movement, and psychological factors (e.g., understanding, confidence, and motivation) for learning and competition environments.

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of the West of Scotland

Award Date: 20 Jan 2022

Sport Psychology and Coaching, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Impact of verbal instruction type on movement learning and performance: A multidisciplinary investigation of analogy and explicit instruction, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Performance Psychology, Master of Science, Verbal overshadowing of motor performance: Does offline reflection influence online performance?, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 26 Nov 2009

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, Brown University

Award Date: 28 May 2006


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