Staff Profile


Dr Katie Dray

Senior Lecturer

School: Sports Sciences, Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922761

Profile summary

Katie studied her combined honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science with Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University. Following this she studied for her PhD at the University of Kent, researching the role of counterfactual thinking in athletes and was awarded this in 2011.
Katie is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is currently undergoing supervised experience with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Katie's interests include exploring social, psychological and behavioural features of sport coaching practice and examining best practice in coach education.  

Research and knowledge exchange

Katie's research interests reflect a broad spectrum of issues relating the psychological features relating to performance of both coaches and athletes. She has worked on a number of different funded projects with several research centres including SPEAR at Canterbury Christ Church University and BC.SHAW at Brunel University.

Teaching and subject expertise

Katie's main teaching responsiblities at Canterbury Christ Church University inlcude the delivery of modules on the Sport Coaching Science degree as well as contributing more broadly to sport and exercise psychology and research methods modules. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

External activities

Katie is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a professional member of the British Asscoiation of Sport & Exercise Sciences. She has worked with a number of different sports teams and groups providing coach education and psychological support. She has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences.

Publications and research outputs

Dray, K.Weed, M. E. and Fullick, S. (2016) Informal and non-formal learning in sport coach education. Project Report. Canterbury: The United Kingdom Sports Council.

Dray, K. (2014) Moving from the playing field and into the dugout: Exploring the contributions of the 2013 DSEP conference to our understanding of the psychology and sport coaching relationship. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 10 (2). pp. 8-16. 

Uphill, M.A. & Dray, K. (2013) The Thrill of Defeat and the Agony of Victory: Towards and Transformation of Athlete’s Emotional Experience. Reflective Practice, 14 (5), 660-671.

Dray, K. & Uphill, M.A. (2012) Reflecting on Reflections: The Role of ‘What Might Have Been’. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 33, 9-10.

Mansfield, L., Kay, T., & Dray, K. (2012) Evaluation of Sport England Pilot Project. Sport England.

Uphill, M.A., & Dray, K. (2009). Giving Yourself a Good Beating: Appraisal, Attribution Rumination and Counterfactual thinking. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 8 (3), 5 – 12.

Dray, K., & Uphill, M.A. (2009). A Survey of Athletes’ Counterfactual Thinking: Precursors, Prevalence, and Consequences. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 5, 16-26


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