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Lecturer in Sport Psychology, The University of Edinburgh

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) in both learning and competition environments.


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer in Sport Psychology, University of Edinburgh
  • 2016–2021
    Lecturer in Sport Coaching, University of the West of Scotland


  • 2019 
    University of the West of Scotland, PGCert
  • 2016 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Edinburgh, MSc
  • 2006 
    Brown University, AB


  • 2022
    Conducting systematic reviews of applied interventions: A comment on Cabral et al. (2022), Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology
  • 2022
    Adding experiential layers to the transnational-athlete concept: A narrative review of real-world heterogeneous mobility experiences, Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • 2022
    Unloading the dice: Selection and design of comparison and control groups in controlled trials to enhance translational impact within motor learning and control research, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • 2019
    The acute effects of analogy and explicit instruction on movement and performance, Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • 2018
    Redressing the balance: Commentary on “Examining motor learning in older adults using analogy instruction” by Tse, Wong, and Masters (2017), Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • 2015
    Re-examining the effects of verbal instructional type on early stage motor learning, Human Movement Science

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society