Emily Ortega

Dr Emily Ortega

Head, Psychology Programme (Undergraduate & Postgraduate)

School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences

Tel: +65 6248 0398

Email: ZW1pbHlvcnRlZ2FAc3Vzcy5lZHUuc2c=

Educational Qualifications

  • 2017

    PhD (Sport Psychology), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • 2004

    MSc (Sport Psychology), The University of Western Australia, Australia

  • 2002

    BA (Psychology), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2013 - 2016

    Associate Faculty (Psychology Programme), SIM University, Singapore

  • 2013 - 2015

    Director & Lead Psychologist, Psyched Performance Lab, Singapore

  • 2009 - 2012

    Head & Senior Sport Psychologist, Singapore Sports Institute, Singapore

  • 2008 - 2009

    Lecturer (Psychology), School of Humanities, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

  • 2006 - 2008

    Lecturer (Sport & Wellness), Institute of Technical Education, Singapore

  • 2004 - 2005

    Associate Psychologist, Civil Service College Consultants, Singapore

  • 2003 - 2004

    Sport Psychologist, Singapore Sports School, Singapore

Ortega, E., & Lai, S. (2021)
Sport Psychology in Singapore: Past, present, and future. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Ortega, E. & Teoh, C. S. (2021)
Women and Sport in Singapore. In M. Kouskie, C. Koca, M. L. Guinto, & R. L. D’Amico (Eds.), Women and Sport in Asia. Routledge.

Ng, W., & Ortega, E. (2021)
Positive psychology in Southeast Asia. In E. C. Chang, C. Downey, H. Yang, I. Zettler, & M. Muyan (Eds.), The International Handbook of Positive Psychology – A Global Perspective on the Science of Positive Human Existence. Springer.

Ho, A. H. Y., Ma, S. H. X., Ho, M. H. R., Pang, J. S. M., Ortega, E., & Bajpai, R. (2019)
Arts for ageing well: A propensity score matching analysis of the effects of arts engagements on holistic well-being among older Asian adults above 50 years of age. BMJ Open, 9(11). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029555

Ortega, E. & Wang, C. K. J. (2018)
Pre-performance psychophysiological state: Heart rate variability as a predictor of shooting performance. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 43(1), 75-85. doi: 10.1007/s10484-017-9386-9

Ortega, E. & Wang, C. K. J. (2018)
Effectiveness of an integrated mental skills and biofeedback training program on sport shooters. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 49(1), 35-54. doi: 10.7352/IJSP 2018.49.035

Ortega, E. (2015)
Table tennis in Singapore: A case study of success. In P. C. Terry, L-W., Zhang, Y. Kim, T. Morris, & Hanrahan, S. (Eds.). Secrets of Asian Sport Psychology. Queensland: Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

Ortega, E. (2014)
Psychophysiological Applications in Sport Shooting. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 39(3-4), 295-295.

Grove, J. R., & Ortega, E. (2005)
Psychological processes and exercise habits: Criterion related validity of proposed dimensions, ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology.

2014 - 2018
Managing Council, MC Member, Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology

2012 - Present
Full Member, Singapore Psychological Society

  • Psychophysiology
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Optimal Functioning / Peak Performance
  • Well-Being

Ortega, E. (2021, April)
Working with Athletes: Key Skills for Sport Psychology Practitioners. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Psychological Training and Consultation for Athletes, Beijing, China.

Ortega, E. (2020, September)
How Social Media is Rewiring your Brain. Paper presented at The 2020 Symposium on Well-being: Society and Well-being in the Age of Disruption. Singapore.

Ortega, E. (2020, July)
Social Dimensions of a Virtual Law School and Law Student Mindsets on Online learning. Paper presented at the Public Forum for the Philippine Association of Law Schools, Philippines.

Ortega, E. (2019, July)
Heart Rate Variability and Self-Regulation in Athletes & Non-Athletes in Singapore. Paper presented at the 15th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Munster, Germany.

Ortega, E. (2018, December)
Well-being and self-regulation: An exploration of personality traits and heart rate variability among athletes and non-athletes. Paper presented at the 2018 Australian Conference on Personality & Individual Differences, Gold Coast, Australia.

Ortega, E., & Wong, S. N. (2018, July)
Profiling elite shooters: How personality and HRV influence performance. Paper presented at the 8th International Congress of the Asian-South Pacific Association for Sport Psychology, Daegu, South Korea.

Ortega, E. (2017, November)
HRV monitoring of elite shooters in training and competition. Paper presented at the Singapore Sport Science Symposium, Singapore.

Ortega, E. (2017, July)
Psychological impact of Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal. Paper presented at the 14th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Seville, Spain.

Ortega, E., & Wang, C. K. J. (2017, July)
Integrating mental skills and biofeedback training for youth sport shooters in Singapore. Paper presented at the 14th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Seville, Spain.

Ortega, E. (2016, November)
Heart rate variability as an index of well-being. Paper presented at the International Conference of Well-Being, Singapore.

Ortega, E. (2015, November)
Examining the use of mental skills and self-efficacy of open skill and closed skill sport athletes. Paper presented at the International Congress of Sport Psychology. Varanasi, India.

Ortega, E. (2014, March)
Psychophysiological applications in sport shooting. Paper presented at the 45th Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Meeting, Savannah, Georgia.

  • Sport Psychologist for the Singapore Shooting Association
  • Advisor for Myloh, a mental health e-buddy
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