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Dr Ruth E Price

Lecturer in Coaching

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  • Executive Development and Coaching, 
  • Psychometrics and Personality in Coaching, 
  • The Psychology of Coaching and Evidence-Based Practice, 
  • Reflective Practice and Continued Professional Development of the Coach, 
  • Research Methods for Coaching


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Dr Ruth E. Price is a Lecturer in Coaching at Henley Business School. She is a Chartered Psychologist, certified coach, HR professional and registered psychometric expert specialising in 1:1 executive leadership and development.

Her broad area of expertise is in 1:1 leadership and executive development, including psychometric profiling and coaching. Her interests can be seen through three lenses: (1) understanding and improving coaching practice – the evidence base for coaching; what can be learnt from psychology, neuroscience and other fields; the role of reflective practice in continuing professional development as coach; (2) client presenting issues – imposter syndrome and the role of compassion and personality traits; coaching approaches for imposter syndrome; (3) research in coaching – challenging accepted practice and coaching 'myths'; research methods and approaches for coaching research. Her early research specialism was in candidate selection and assessment methods.

Ruth is part of the Henley Centre for Coaching and is also a tutor on the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching and a dissertation supervisor for the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Ruth is a registered coach with the British Psychological Society, an Associate Certified Coach with the ICF, an Associate Member of the EMCC and a member of the British Psychological Society's Special Interest Group in Coaching Psychology. Alongside her role at Henley Business School, Ruth leads her own successful consultancy, with a focus on 1:1 executive profiling, development and coaching. She holds an appointment as an Associate Lecturer on the Coaching and Mentoring Masters programme at Sheffield Hallam University, hosts invited masterclasses, and has contributed to various textbooks, guides and resources for coaching and coaches.

Ruth holds a first-class BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Psychology from City University. Her career to-date encompasses multiple sectors, industries and fields, all grounded in psychology; her formative career was within academia as a psychology researcher, MSc lecturer and module leader, initially at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield and then at City University, where she was part of the team that designed and launched a refreshed Occupational Psychology Masters programme.

During this time Ruth played an active role in serving and advancing her profession, volunteering on the Division of Occupational Psychology's Publications and Promotions sub-committee and the Conference sub-committee. She was co-Chair for the Postgraduates in Occupational Psychology committee, a member of the editorial board for 'People and Organisations at Work magazine', and is a trained Society Press Officer. She has acted as a reviewer for the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Demonstrating and maintaining the gold standard, Ruth is a Chartered Psychologist, HCPC-registered Occupational Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

On completion of her PhD Ruth moved into a variety of practitioner roles, whilst maintaining her connection to academia through guest lecturing and external supervision. She developed a career in HR, specialising in people development, within the not-for-profit and public sectors. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, for which she was awarded the CIPD prize for excellence, and is an Associate Member of the CIPD.

Latterly Ruth moved into consultancy as a psychologist, working for a succession of market-leading companies with global reach at executive level. Psychometric personality and leadership profiling became a key feature of her work. She holds the British Psychological Society's Certificates for Occupational Testing in both Ability and Personality, is a registered test user both in the UK and in Europe, and is accredited in over fifteen different personality measures. She has trained and accredited others to use psychometric tools and is regularly called upon to speak and advise in this area.

Her work has been presented nationally at British Psychological Society conferences and in British Psychological Society publications. Her work has also featured in the wider media, including The Guardian, and she has appeared on BBC radio, including the Radio 4 Today program, and ITV television.