Dr Ruth boat is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and teaches across the undergraduate degree programmes, with an emphasis on research methods and sport and exercise psychology. She is module leader for Introduction to Research, as well as contributing to several other modules across the curriculum. She also teaches on the MRes degree programmes. She supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in areas related to sport and exercise psychology.
Dr Boat joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2017. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University, which investigated the role of self-control in athletic performance. Dr Boat received prestigious International awards for her research including The Young Investigator Award from the European College of Sport Science.
Following her PhD, Dr Boat worked as a lecturer in Sport Science at Coventry University. She obtained her Associate Teaching Fellowship at Coventry University, where she taught on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science and the MSc Sport and Exercise Science degree programmes.
Dr Boat is a member of the Sport, Health, and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group. Her research interests include:
- The effects of self-control exertion on subsequent exercise performance.
- The psychological and physiological mechanisms that may explain the effects of self-control exertion on subsequent exercise performance.
- Intervention techniques that may improve self-control during exercise performance.
- Evaluating the role of self-control in dyspnoea.
Sponsors and collaborators
Dr Boat is currently involved in collaborative research projects with:
- Dr Ian Taylor (School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Loughborough University).
- Prof. Michael Duncan (Faculty Research Centre for Sport, Exercise, and Life Sciences, Coventry University).
- Dr Martyn Morris (School of Life Sciences, Coventry University).
Dr Boat reviews articles submitted to internationally-recognised journals, including:
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise
- Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Membership of Professional Bodies:
- European College of Sport Science
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Awards and Prizes
- Young Investigator Award from the European College of Sport Science (2016).
- Loughborough University School Travel Grant (2015).
- BASES Conference Presentation Award (2009).
- Faculty Prize for Excellence in Academic Achievement (2009).
- Boat, R., & Taylor, I. M. (2015). Patterns of change in psychological variables leading up to competition in superior versus inferior performers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37, 244-256.
- Boat, R., Hulston, C. J., & Taylor, I. M. (2017). Self-control exertion and glucose supplementation prior to endurance performance. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 29, 103-110
- Boat, R., & Taylor, I. M. (2017). Prior self-control exertion and perceptions of pain during a physically demanding task. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 33, 1-6
- Taylor, I. M., Boat, R., & Murphy, S. L. (2018). A broader theoretical consideration of self-control and athletic performance. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
- Boat, R., Atkins, T., Davenport, N., & Cooper, S (2018). Prior self-control exertion and perceptions of pain and motivation during a physically effortful task. In M. Sarkar & S, Marcora (Eds.), sport and the brain: The science of preparing, enduring, and winning, part C (pp. 19-34). Cambridge, UK: Academic Press.