Dr Ross Lorimer

Senior Lecturer

School School of Social and Health Sciences

Department Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8426

Biography

CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, CSCS, SFHEA, BASES Accredited

PhD, MSc, PgCert, BSc(Hons), BA

I am Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Sport Science. Underpinning my professional position, I am a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, a UKAD Accredited Advisor and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research interests are around sports coaching and coach education.  I have focused on interpersonal perceptions and factors that influence these, for example empathy in coaching and how gender influences the way individuals are perceived.  I also have a keen interest in strength athletics such as Strongman, CrossFit, Weightlifting and Powerlifting.

I have previously worked with a range of sport and health organisations such Dundee United FC, Edinburgh Biotech, and Mountaineering Scotland.  I have also provided academic support and curriculum quality review to a variety of institutions such as The Open University, Oxford Brookes University, The University of Cumbria, Charles Sturt University, The University of Hertfordshire and Edinburgh Napier University.

Before joining Abertay in 2008, I carried out my doctoral research at Loughborough University.  This work explored the development of empathic accuracy in coach-athlete relationships.  Alongside this I completed postgraduate and undergraduate qualifications at the University of Edinburgh, the Open University, and Edinburgh Napier University.

Dr Ross Lorimer is a lecturer in sport/social psychology and coaching pedagogy and teaches across a range of degree programmes, leading and teaching modules covering the topics of psychology, pedagogy, coaching, and general social science. He is also currently the Programme Leader for BSc(Hons) Sport and Management.

Dr Lorimer's interests mainly include interpersonal processes in sport such as the psychological aspects of sports coaching.  This research focuses on interpersonal perceptions and factors that influence these, including areas such as empathy in coaching and how gender influences how individuals are perceived.  He also has a keen interest in Crossfit, weightlifting, powerlifting and rock climbing.

  • Sports coaching
  • Coach Education
  • Strength/fitness sports (Strongman, Powerlifting, Crossfit, Weightlifting)
  • Climbing and 'adventure' sports
  • General sport and/or social psychology

Prospective research students

Ross has previously supervised students to the completion of both the awards of PhD and MSc by Research.  Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research with Ross exist in any of these or related areas.  Study is towards the following research degrees: one-year MSc by Research, two-year MPhil, or three-year PhD.  For enquires about potential research ideas please contact Ross.Lorimer@abertay.ac.uk.  

Lord, R., Lorimer, R., Babraj, J. & Richardson, A. (2019).  The role of mock job interviews in enhancing sport students' employability skills: An example from the UK. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism.

Adamson, S., Kavallauskas, M, Phillips, S., Lorimer, R., Babraj, J. (2018). Extremly short duration sprint interval training improves vascular health in older adults. Sport sciences for Health, 15, 123-131.

Murray, P., Lord, R. & Lorimer, R. (2018). The influence of gender on perceptions of coaches’ relationships with their athletes: A novel video-based methodology. The Sport Journal, August.

Maclean, J., & Lorimer, R. (2016). Are coach education programmes the most effective method for coach development? International Journal of Coaching Science, 10, 73-90.

Knowles, A, Shanmugam, V., & Lorimer, R. (2015). Social psychology in sport and exercise: Linking theory to practice . London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Adamson, S., Lorimer, R., Cobley, J. & Babraj, J. (2014). Extremely short duration high intensity training substantially improves the physical function and self-reported health status of an elderly population.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62, 1380.

Adamson, S., Lorimer, R., Cobley, J., Lloyd, R. & Babraj, J. (2014). High intensity training improves health and physical function in middle aged adults. Biology, 3, 333-344.

Knowles, A., & Lorimer, R. (2014). A case study of an athlete's experience of multiple change-events moving between team and individual sports. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26, 197-210.

Lorimer, R. (2014). Coaches as a potential source of athletes’ self-presentational concern. International Journal of Coaching Science, 8, 83-91.

Lorimer, R., & Jowett. S. (2014). Coaches. In A. Papaioannou, & D. Hackfort (Eds.). Routledge companion to sport and exercise psychology. London, UK: Routledge.

Jakeman, J., Lorimer, R., & Clarkson, K. (2013). Minimal guidance learning for secondary school Physical Education. Education Today, 63, 19-21.

Lorimer, R, & Babraj, J. (2013). The potential influence of perception of achievement on performance in volitional time-to-exhaustion cycle ergometer trials. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27, 1546-1548.

Holland-Smith, D., Love, A, & Lorimer, R. (2013). British surfers and their attitudes and values towards the environment. Ecopsychology, 5, 103-109.

Lorimer, R. (2013). The development of empathic accuracy in sports coaches. Journal of Sports Psychology in Action, 4, 1-8. 

Babraj, J. , & Lorimer, R. (2012). The high intensity workout. Dundee, UK: Dundee University Press.

Lorimer, R. & Jowett, S. (2012). Empathic understanding and accuracy in the coach-athlete relationship. In P. Potrac, J. Denison, & W. Gilbert (Eds.). The Routledge handbook of sports coaching. London, UK: Routledge.

Lorimer, R., & Holland-Smith, D. (2012). Why coach? A case study of the prominent influences on a top level UK outdoor adventure coach. The Sport Psychologist, 26, 571-583.

Jowett, S., Yang, X, & Lorimer, R. (2012). Role of personality, empathy, and satisfaction with instruction within the context of the coach-athlete relationship. International Journal of Coaching Science,  6, 3-20.

Lorimer, R. (2011). The interdependence of coaches’ and athletes’ perceptions and satisfaction with performance. International Journal of Coaching Science, 5, 69-80.

Rhind, D., Jowett, S. & Lorimer, R. (2011). The impact of social support on student athlete satisfaction in individual sports. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 5, 73-84.

Lorimer, R., & Jowett, S. (2011). Empathic accuracy, shared cognitive focus, and the assumptions of similarity made by coaches and athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 42, 40-54.

Lorimer, R., & Jowett, S. (2010). The influence of role and gender in the empathic accuracy of coaches and athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11, 206-211.

Lorimer, R., & Jowett, S. (2010). Feedback of information in the empathic accuracy of sport coaches. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11, 12-17.

Lorimer, R. (2009). Coaches’ satisfaction with their athletic partnerships. International Journal of Coaching Science, 3, 55-64.

Lorimer, R., & Jowett, S. (2009). Empathic accuracy, meta-perspective, and satisfaction in the coach-athlete relationship. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21, 201-212.

Lorimer, R., & Jowett, S. (2009). Empathic accuracy in coach-athlete dyads who participate in team and individual sports. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 152-158.

Lafrenière, M. K., Jowett, S., Vallerand, R. J., Donahue, E. G., & Lorimer, R. (2008). Passion in sport: On the quality of the coach-athlete relationship. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 30, 541-560.

Lorimer, R. (2006). The relationship between self-presentational concerns and competitive anxiety: The influence of gender. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 37, 1-13.

Lorimer, R., & Westbury, T. (2006). Physical self-presentation and competitive anxiety in male master divers. Psychological Reports, 99, 773-780.

Laird, P., & Lorimer, R. (2004). An examination of try scoring in rugby union: A review of international rugby statistics. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 4, 72-80.

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