Ross Lorimer

Senior Lecturer

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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, Powerlifting and Highland Games.

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.  I am currently a Funding Bid Assessor for the Carnegie Trust.

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 sports coaching including issues of empathy and gender.  As an Accredited Sport Scientist he has also investigated other topics such as High Intensity Training.  He has a keen personal interest in Strength Athletics such as Strongman, Crossfit, Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Highland Games.

  • Sports coaching
  • Gender
  • Strength/Fitness sports (Strongman, Powerlifting, Crossfit, Weightlifting, Highland Games)
  • High Intensity Training
  • 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  


Funding Bid Assessor (Carnegie Trust)

External Examiner (University of Cumbria)

Associate Lecturer (Open University)

Scientific Advisor (Edinburgh Biotech Ltd)

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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
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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


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 pathway 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 grassroots 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