Dr Jay-Lee Nair

Psychologist
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.

Organisations Jay-Lee has worked with

Mental note:

Train your brain. Be better.
Don’t Crack Under Pressure: The psychology behind the phenomenon of choking Dr Jay-Lee Nair
July 19th, 2017

Choking under pressure is a phenomenon that every player has experienced but few are willing to explore their personal episodes of choking and analyse the causes of this adverse and costly reaction to perceived pressure. Most players would rather erase such experiences from their mind, and hope it never happens again. But recognising your patterns […]

The #1 Mental Skill you Need to Make it on Tour Dr Jay-Lee Nair
December 20th, 2016

As a psychologist to amateur and professional players, part of my day job involves walking the course analysing their habits and response patterns to situations during tournaments. Caddies would agree that you can see a lot as a quiet observer, the things that player’s themselves under-estimate as the real causes of a great day on […]

Why Your Child is Not Thriving and How to Turn it Around Dr Jay-Lee Nair
October 14th, 2016

Social research in Asia suggests that our kids are under more pressure than ever, and the negative consequences are very real. A recent prospectus study of Hong Kong schools anxiety revealed that 3 in 10 students in secondary school and 1 in 5 primary school aged children suffer from anxiety. One of the most underestimated […]