Dr Jay-Lee Nair

BSc Psych, MA Psych, PhD (Sport & Exercise Psychology)

Dr Jay-Lee’s energy as a professional is contagious. Her passion and confidence with helping high achievers is modestly paralleled by her own exceptional personal achievements. Her gift with propelling performance for others as a psychologist, can be attributed to a great many years of experience and hard work, and has positioned her as a highly sought-after consultant in Singapore.

Her greatest passion is helping high achievers raise their standard of performance in sport, life, work and academics. Both Jay-Lee’s masters and doctorate degrees focused on The Study of Perfectionism in Sport. Her work with perfectionistic-striving high achievers, has lead to effective strategies for adapting and developing habits that lead to thriving high performance, but without the weight of self-pressure and self-criticism.

Originally from Australia, Jay-Lee completed her first two degrees in psychology in the United States, while accepting an athletic scholarship to play NCAA Div-1 collegiate golf. She finished with all-American academic honours, and attributes her career as a sport and performance psychologist, to the success found in both studies and sport.

Jay-Lee has established a reputation for writing on a variety of topics in sport psychology, having written for a number of publications in golf and wellness. Most recently she contributed a book chapter to the published New Routledge International Handbook of Golf Science on Positive Psychology in Golf.

Having worked as the resident sport psychologist at the Singapore Sports School from 2010 to 2013, Jay-Lee transitioned into private practice in the Singapore Sports Medicine Centre in 2014. These days, her niche area is working with young student-athletes experiencing performance anxiety. Teaching them strategies to thrive in the competitive setting.

She doesn’t just work with athletes. Jay-Lee loves to work with corporate champions looking to raise the bar and improve themselves. Most recently, she conducted weekly individual sessions over the course of a year, at company headquarters for sales teams looking to build the ‘mental edge’. As well as designing online performance coaching modules for the Intercontinental Hotel Group, for their new Rise Program, for female talent in management positions.

In her daily practice, Jay-Lee teaches young students effective study habits; helps adults manage stress and other health related dilemmas; and consults with elite athletes across Asia. These include professional golfers on the Asian Tour, Thailand’s top swimmers in preparation for Asian Games, and previously, the Singapore Sailing Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic games. The focus is always to help, and more often than not, it’s to help high achievers raise their standard of performance.


Jay-Lee is the author of Good Sport. The first book to share the perspectives of young people in a variety of sports, and across a range of ages, from as young as nine through to the teen years. It also offers practical advice to positively shape young athletes into exceptional people.

Read more about Good Sport – here.

Organisations Jay-Lee has worked with

Mental note:

Train your brain. Be better.
‘Good Sport’ – The book about supporting young athletes – Out now! Dr Jay-Lee Nair
June 21st, 2023

Are you a parent who wants to be a part of their child’s sport journey, no matter how far they go? Do you sometimes feel just as frustrated as your young athlete with the debrief during the journey home after the game? Perhaps you struggle to find the right words to say – or sometimes […]

Move your Mind, Uplift the World Dr Jay-Lee Nair
September 8th, 2021

Mindfulness techniques to enliven your exercise experience Asics has just launched the Mind Uplifter™ inviting you and the world to experience the uplifting power of sport and the impact of movement. For the first time, you can capture the impact of movement on how you think and feel across 10 emotional and cognitive metrics – including […]

The Young Golfer Coping with Early Achievement Dr Jay-Lee Nair

This is the third edition in the series of articles that share insights into the most common cases I see in young athletes, and introduce key strategies I teach young golfers and their parents to turn things around and thrive in the journey. In this edition, we start with a case example. This case study […]