Ross Lorimer

Senior Lecturer

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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 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.

Research interests

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  


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Funding Bid Assessor (Carnegie Trust)

External Examiner (University of Cumbria)

Associate Lecturer (Open University)

Scientific Advisor (Edinburgh Biotech Ltd)

Knowledge Exchange

As well as various knowledge exchange activities with a variety of Sport NGBs Ross frequently publishes lay articles to deseminate research findings:

Lorimer, R., & Babraj, J. (2012). Short-cut to a fitness peak? Athletics Weekly, October, 56-57.

Lorimer, R. (2012). The science of climbing. Scottish Mountaineer.

Long, M, & Lorimer, R. (2012). Cyber coaching. Athletics Weekly, March, 38-40.

Lorimer, R. (2011). Go with the flow - An optimal mental state for climbing. Scottish Mountaineer, 53, 21-26.

Lorimer, R. (2011). Partners in power. Climb Magazine, 82, 64-67.

Lorimer, R. (2011). Developing independent athletes in cycling: The need for empathy. Journal of Cycle Coaching, 3, 8-11.

Lorimer, R. (2011). On the same level. Athletics Weekly, August, 34-35.

Lorimer, R. (2011). Appointment with fear. Climb Magazine, 78, 62-65.

Lorimer, R. (2011). I'm tired and it hurts. Using dissociation and association to manage fatigue and pain. Scottish Mountaineer, 51, 24-25.

Lorimer, R. (2011). Which way is up? Sport psychology, goal setting, and climbing. Scottish Mountaineer, 50, 22-23.


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Research Output 2004 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Extremely short duration sprint interval training improves vascular health in older adults

Adamson, S., Kavaliauskas, M., Yamagishi, T., Phillips, S. M., Lorimer, R. & Babraj, J. A., 30 Apr 2019, In : Sport Sciences for Health. 15, 1, p. 123-131 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Blood Vessels
Blood Pressure
Control Groups
job interview
Open Access

Are coach education programmes the most effective method for coach development?

Maclean, J. & Lorimer, R., Jul 2016, In : International Journal of Coaching Science. 10, 2, p. 71-88 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
process analysis
informal learning

Social psychology in sport and exercise: linking theory to practice

Knowles, A-M., Lorimer, R. & Shanmugam, V., Mar 2015, Basingstoke: Palgrave. 252 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

social psychology


A mixed methods exploration of the gendered perspectives of female sports coaches

Author: Murray, P., Sep 2016

Supervisor: Lorimer, R. (Supervisor) & Lord, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


An exploration of the American College golf system: a developmental pthway for international student-athletes

Author: Hutchison, F., Oct 2017

Supervisor: Lorimer, R. (Supervisor) & Holland-Smith, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Masters ThesisMasters by Research

An exploration of the existence and development of shared understanding between football dyads

Author: Malone, M., 2018

Supervisor: Lorimer, R. (Supervisor) & Hardie, S. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


An exploration of the formative experiences of gassroots rugby coaches and their Impact on coaching practice: a Bourdieusian analysis

Author: Clark, A., Dec 2017

Supervisor: Lorimer, R. (Supervisor) & Holland-Smith, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Masters ThesisMasters by Research


Scottish European tour professionals experiences of playing and developing towards the European tour: through the lens of a constraints-led approach

Author: Arnott, P., 22 May 2019

Supervisor: Lorimer, R. (Supervisor) & Richardson, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Masters ThesisMasters by Research