Dr Kotryna Fraser

Dr Kotryna Fraser

Associate Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

I am an early career researcher with a strong passion for applied research, teaching and applied work in Sport and Performance Psychology. I am a feminist and a social educator. I ask a question "why?" and I challenge stereotypes. How else do we get our society moving forward? 

I have recently finished a PhD in Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh during which I looked at positive youth development through sport. I also am an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (psychology support) under British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES). I have been working with athletes and coaches of different ages and levels helping them to enhance their performance and overall development. My applied work has influenced my current research interest in feminism and cultural issues in sport, development of the practitioners and to what extent broader societal issues could be addressed via sport (e.g., biological sex-related stereotypes). 

As an educator in tertiary education, I am a strong believer in student-centered learning. I promote diversity and inclusion in my classroom where I challenge students to ask bigger questions without finding immediate answers. I encourage students to engage in broader conversation and consider current affairs within their disciplines. Our current students are our future professional and therefore, feel privileged to contribute to their development. Even though I have taught across a range of disciplines, degrees and degree levels (e.g., from Year 1 UG to supervising MSc dissertations), my teaching philosophy states the same. 

My recent appointment to The BASES Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (see here: https://www.bases.org.uk/article-appointments_to_the_bases_equality__diversity___inclusion_committee.html) and the Faculty of Science Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee illustrate my efforts to practice what i preach and to make significant contributions in academia and practice. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh - Scotland
  • Degree of Master of Science, University of Edinburgh - Scotland

Keywords

  • Coach Education
  • Feminism in Sport
  • Performance Psychology
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Youth athlete
  • discrimination in sport
  • social justice in sport

Languages

  • Lithuanian (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Russian (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/9/2013 -  Sport Psychology Specialist

I provide services and consultancy in Sport and Performance Psychology worldwide. I work with various sports across different levels from junior to senior athletes. 

By appointment
United Kingdom

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
14/1/2013 - 1/7/2019 Associate Tutor University of Edinburgh
Institute of Sport, PE and Health Sciences
United Kingdom

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EXSS2030 Foundations in Exercise and Sport Psychology
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
Exercise and sport psychology is a fundamental element in empowering learning, optimal performance and well-being of athletes. This course introduces students to various fundamental constructs that impact on participation and performance in exercise and sport. The content provides a basic overview of key concepts that help to recognise, explain and interpret human behaviour within exercise and sport settings. The course will provide students with an ability to recognise the broad and inter-linked influences that psychological factors have within exercise and sport settings. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to interpret and modify such factors to enhance one’s performance and wellbeing. By the end of this course, students will develop sound understanding of key concepts in exercise and sport psychology and will be able to identify and apply essential psychological factors needed to enhance performance and increase exercise adherence.
Course Coordinator 6/1/2020 - 17/2/2020
PSYC1200 Foundations of Psychological Practice
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
What does it mean to be a psychologist? How do psychologists deal with the ethical issues they face in their work? This course explores these questions and will provide students with an understanding of psychological practice, the skills required to undertake it, and how an accredited psychology program provides this training. Students will hear first-hand accounts from guest lecturers from a wide range of psychology fields. Problem-based tutorial work will allow students to further explore their understanding of what psychological practice entails including ethical decision making.

Guest Lecturer 24/2/2020 - 31/7/2020
PSYC4804A Psychology Graded Honours Thesis Part A
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle

PSYC4804A (together with PSYC4804B) forms a fourth year honours research project in Psychology. The course covers advanced topics in research methodology and research ethics relevant to the current set of projects undertaken by the cohort of students at this level. These topics are integrated and related to students' individual research projects. Students carry out a detailed literature review of the research area relevant to their research project on which they receive feedback (the mark from this course will contribute to their mark in PSYC4804B), they develop a research proposal and consider the ethical implications of their research. This course requires the development and conduct of a piece of original empirical research under supervision of a member of academic staff of the School of Psychology.

This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Supervisor 24/2/2020 - 1/11/2020
EXSS4110 Exercise and Sport Science Honours
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
This course builds knowledge and understanding about research in the discipline of sports science and physical activity. The course aims at enhancing skills and capacities in reading and reviewing literature, critical reasoning and argument, and verbal communication. Students will enhance their skills through discussions of theoretical and applied directions in sports science and physical activity studies; student-based presentations of key issues; and training in computing skills, on-line bibliographic searches, risk assessment, and oral presentation techniques.

Supervisor 24/2/2020 - 30/11/2020
EXSS2030 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
Exercise and sport psychology is a fundamental element in empowering learning, optimal performance and well-being of athletes. This course introduces students to various fundamental constructs that impact on participation and performance in exercise and sport. The content provides a basic overview of key concepts that help to recognise, explain and interpret human behaviour within exercise and sport settings. The course will provide students with an ability to recognise the broad and inter-linked influences that psychological factors have within exercise and sport settings. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to interpret and modify such factors to enhance one’s performance and wellbeing. By the end of this course, students will develop sound understanding of key concepts in exercise and sport psychology and will be able to identify and apply essential psychological factors needed to enhance performance and increase exercise adherence.
Course Coordinator 24/2/2020 - 31/7/2020
EXSS3080 Behavioural Change for Physical Activity and Health
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
The decline in physical activity is having an adverse effect on health in many populations globally, and much of the decline has a behavioural cause. Successful interventions that improve physical activity behaviours are built on an understanding of behavioural change from a psychological perspective as well as the related individual and population health determinants. This course will cover the key psychological theory as well as explore the tools and strategies that underpin successful interventions aimed at improving physical activity behaviours and health outcomes. Further, this course will provide an understanding of the Australian health care system and policies around physical activity and health and explore the impact of poor physical activity behaviours. The course will expand upon past interventions targeted at improving physical activity behaviours for review and critique. By the end of the course, students will be able to use psychological skills to assess and change physical activity behaviours. Students will also be able to successfully design interventions aimed at improving physical activity behaviours using psychological theory and existing population guidelines.

Course Coordinator 24/2/2020 - 31/7/2020
PSYC4804B Psychology Graded Honours Thesis Part B
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle

PSYC4804B (together with PSYC4804A) forms a fourth year honours research project in Psychology. This course is part of the multi-sequence research component of honours which requires the development and conduct of a piece of original empirical research under supervision of a member of academic staff of the School of Psychology. PSYC4804B requires the submission of a research report of 10,200 words and a conference-style presentation.

This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Supervisor 24/2/2020 - 1/11/2020
EXSS2080 Growth, maturation and ageing
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle | Australia
Course Coordinator 29/7/2019 - 31/12/2019
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Publications

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Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
Fraser KK, Richards H, 'Sailing across the North Sea: the development of trust in a short-term high intensity environment', AUC KINANTHROPOLOGICA, 52 67-84
DOI 10.14712/23366052.2016.5
Allison P, Martindale R, Stott T, Gray S, Nash C, Fraser K, Wang J, 'The value of participating in British exploring society expeditions: a three year multi-cohort study', AUC KINANTHROPOLOGICA, 54 5-15
DOI 10.14712/23366052.2018.1

Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Fraser K, Cameron B, Norbert F, Dawes M, Carlson L, Turner T, 'An interdisciplinary approach to athlete selection: A case study of W-Series', An interdisciplinary approach to athlete selection: A case study of W-Series, Leicester, UK (2020)
2017 Fraser K, 'Providing Services to Youth Athletes: When Does Parental Involvement Become an Issue? Identified Issues and Parental Involvement', Providing Services to Youth Athletes: When Does Parental Involvement Become an Issue? Identified Issues and Parental Involvement, East Midlands (2017)
2017 Fraser K, Shahvali M, 'Wellbeing of practitioners travelling with athletes: Balancing between sanity and insanity', Wellbeing of practitioners travelling with athletes: Balancing between sanity and insanity, East Midlands, UK (2017)
2017 Fraser K, 'Positive youth development through sport: Experiential learning for coaches 5 slides in 5 minutes', Glasgow (2017)
2017 Fraser K, 'I m an international practitioner: Reflections on practitioner s performance following a motorsport case study.', Glasgow, UK (2017)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $27,500

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Highlighted grants and funding

Am I a fraud in the male-dominated culture? Imposter feelings and perceived gender stereotype threat in elite female coaches$27,500

Funding body: Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage

Funding body Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage
Project Team Doctor Heather Douglas, Doctor Kotryna Fraser
Scheme Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2000002
Type Of Funding C3212 - International Not for profit
Category 3212
UON Y

20201 grants / $27,500

Am I a fraud in the male-dominated culture? Imposter feelings and perceived gender stereotype threat in elite female coaches$27,500

Funding body: Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage

Funding body Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage
Project Team Doctor Heather Douglas, Doctor Kotryna Fraser
Scheme Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2000002
Type Of Funding C3212 - International Not for profit
Category 3212
UON Y
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
United Kingdom 2
Austria 1
United States 1
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News

Am I a fraud? Imposter feelings in elite Olympic level coaching

October 22, 2020

How do gender stereotypes create imposter feelings that halt the progression of women to elite coaching roles?

Dr Kotryna Fraser

Position

Associate Lecturer
Exercise Science
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email kotryna.fraser@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4141
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Office

Room EXSS204
Building Exercise and Sport Sciences
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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