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Dr. Emily ORTEGA

Emily is a lecturer in Singapore University of Social Sciences and a sport psychologist whose interests lies in psychophysiology in sports performance. A graduate of the National University of Singapore’s psychology degree program, she pursued her Masters in Sport Psychology at the University of Western Australia before practicing as an applied Sport Psychologist. Emily has worked with Singapore’s finest athletes helping them to fine-tune their mental game to achieve their sporting dreams from national schools to the Olympic Games. A professional member of the Singapore Psychological Society, she is also a committee member of the Asia South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology.

A summary of her research:

Self-efficacy is widely known to be a good predictor of performance and this has shown to be true in the context of sports. An athlete’s physiological state is one of the sources of self-efficacy. Mental skills training and biofeedback training are practical strategies used by applied practitioners to help athletes learn the skills of self-regulation to attain peak performance under the pressure. For closed-skill sports like shooting, it is hypothesized that physiological state plays a critical role as it has a direct impact on the shooter’s self-efficacy and performance. This research comprises of three studies: the first study examines the differences in mental skills and self-efficacy levels of athletes from closed skill and open skill sports. The second study examines how physiological states, self-efficacy measures, and use of mental skills can influence performance outcomes in shooting. Finally, the third study examines the effectiveness of an integrated mental skills and biofeedback training program on self-efficacy and performance in shooting.