Dr Kotryna Fraser

Dr Kotryna Fraser

Associate Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary


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. 

I have a strong background and interest in sport. I run, swim and gym to get a piece of mind and maintain healthy body. I had also worked as a swim teacher and a coach for many years. I enjoy hands-on experience which taught me patience, helping me to further develop my pedagogical toolbox and better appreciate a role I can play in one's development. Perhaps a teaching award I was nominated for at the University of Edinburgh illustrates my commitment to individual students, high professional standards and positive energy I add to the team. 


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


  • Coach Education
  • Feminism in Sport
  • Performance Psychology
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Youth athlete


  • 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


Code Course Role Duration
EXSS2080 Growth, maturation and ageing
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle | Australia
Course Coordinator 29/7/2019 - 31/12/2019


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Psychological Aspects of Recovery to Enhance the Performance Health of Elite Athletes PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Kotryna Fraser


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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Room SO123
Building Science Offices
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258