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Associate Professor Eric Brymer

Psychological Sciences


Eric Brymer specialises in researching the reciprocal nature of wellbeing outcomes from nature-based activities and performance in extreme environments. Eric’s expertise includes qualitative and mixed methods research design. He holds a PhD in Psychology with a specialist interest in outdoor and adventure psychology, a Master’s degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology and post graduate degrees in Education and Business. He also holds research positions in health and outdoor studies at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Leeds Beckett University, UK and the University of Cumbria, UK.

Research Interests

Eric focuses on Ecological Psychology, wellbeing, nature-based interventions and Psychology in extreme environments.

Expert Comment Topics

  • Extreme sport

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Adventure

  • Nature and wellbeing

Published Journal Articles

  • Brymer, E. Richardson, M, Freeman, E. (In Press). One Health: The wellbeing impacts of human-nature relationships, Frontiers 
  • Brymer, E. and Feletti, F. (In Press) Beyond risk: The importance of adventure in the life of young people. Annals of Leisure Research
  • Moy, B., Renshaw, I, Davids, K, Brymer, E, (In Press) Implementing a nonlinear physical education pedagogy in an Australian school, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Bouchat, P. & Brymer, E. (In Press) BASE jumping fatalities between 2007 and 2017: A follow-up of Westman et al.’s descriptive study Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
  • Dr Danielle F. Shanahan, A/Professor Thomas Astell-Burt, Ms Elizabeth A. Barber, Dr Eric Brymer, Daniel T.C. Cox et al. (In Press) Nature-based interventions for improving health and wellbeing: the purpose, the people and the outcomes. Sports
  • Dashper, K. & Brymer, E. (In Press) An ecological-phenomenological perspective on multispecies leisure and the horse-human relationship in events. Leisure studies
  • Araujo, D., Brymer, E., Withagen, R., Brito, H., & Davids, K., (In Press) The empowering variability of affordances of nature: Why do exercisers feel better after performing the same exercise in natural environments than in indoor environments? Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Collins, L. and Brymer, E. (Online first) Understanding nature sports: a participant centred perspective and its implications for the design and facilitating of learning and performance. Annals of Leisure Research
  • Nguyen, J. & Brymer, E. (2018) Nature-based Guided Imagery as an Intervention for State Anxiety, Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Van Heezik, Y., & Brymer, E. (2018) Nature as a commodity: is what’s good for human health good for ecosystem health? Frontiers in Psychology. 9: 1673. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01673
  • Sharma-Brymer, V. Brymer, E., Bland, D. & Davids, K. Australian primary school children’s perspectives of affordances in nature. Curriculum Perspectives. 10.1007/s41297-018-0052-z
  • Danijela Kuna, Eric Brymer, Keith Davids, Dragan Marinkovic (2018) Task constraints patterns in acquisition of the basic turn as implemented by international expert ski coaches. kinesiologia slovenica, 24 91, 28-34 
  • Tuomas Juhani Immonen, Eric Brymer, Keith Davids, Jarmo Olavi Liukkonen, Timo Tapio Jaakkola (In Press) An Ecological Conceptualisation of Extreme Sports. Frontiers in Psychology    
  • Houge Mackenzie, S. & Brymer, E. (In Press) Conceptualising adventurous nature sport: A positive psychology perspective. Annals of Leisure Research.
  • Schweitzer, R, Glab, H. & Brymer E. (In Press) The human-nature relationship: a phenomenological-relational perspective. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Dominic Orth, Keith Davids, Jia Yi Chow, Eric Brymer, Ludovic Seifert (2018) Behavioural repertoire influences the rate and nature of learning in climbing: Implications for individualised learning design in preparation for extreme sports participation, Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 949 
  • Feletti, F and Brymer (In Press) Injury in Kite buggying: The role of the ‘out of buggy experience’ Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
  • Feletti, F. & Brymer, E. (In Press). Pediatric and Adolescent Injury in Skateboarding. Research in Sports Medicine, 26(1), 129-149
  • Sharma-Brymer, V., Brymer, E., Gray, T., & Davids, K., (2018) Affordances guiding Forest School practice: The application of the Ecological Dynamics approach. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education. 21(1), 103-115
  • Arijs, C., Chroni, S., Brymer, E., & Carless, D. (2017) ‘Leave your ego at the door’: A narrative investigation into effective wingsuit flying. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1985
  • Holmbom, M., Brymer, E., & Schweitzer, E. (2017) Transformations through Proximity Flying: A Phenomenological Investigation, Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1831.
  • Fabjanski, M. & Brymer, E. (2017) Enhancing health and wellbeing through immersion in nature: A conceptual perspective combining the Stoic and Buddhist traditions. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1573.
  • Feletti F., Aliverti A., Henjum M., Tarabini M., & Brymer E. (2017). Incidents and Injuries in Foot-Launched Flying Extreme Sports. Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance. 88(11), 1016-23
  • Yeh, HP., Stone, JA., Churchill, SM., Brymer, E. & Davids, K. (2017) Physical and emotional benefits of different exercise environment designed for treadmill running. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (7), p. 75
  • Lawton, E., Brymer, E., Clough, P. & Denovan, A. (2017) The relationship between the physical activity environment, nature relatedness, anxiety and the psychological wellbeing benefits of regular exercisers, Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1058.
  • Peacock, S., Brymer, E., Davids, K., & Dillon, M. (2017) An ecological dynamics perspective on adventure tourism. Tourism Review International, 21, (3), 307-316
  • Immonen, T., Brymer, E., Orth, D., Davids, K., Feletti, F., Liukkonen, J., & Jaakkola, T (2017) Understanding action and adventure sports participation - An ecological dynamics perspective. Sports Medicine 3:18 DOI 10.1186/s40798-017-0084-1 (IF: 6.8)
  • Brymer, E, & Schweitzer, R, D. (2017) Evoking the Ineffable: The phenomenology of extreme sports, Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice 4(1):63-74
  • Brymer E., & Davids K, (2016) Designing environments to enhance physical activity and psychological wellbeing. Sports Medicine, 46(7), 925-926 (IF: 6.8)
  • Davids, K., Araujo, D. & Brymer, E. (2016) Designing affordances for physical activity: An ecological dynamics perspective. Sports Medicine 46(7), 933-938 (IF: 6.8)
  • Clough, P., Houge McKenzie, S., Mallabon, E., & Brymer, E. (2016) Adventurous physical activity environments: a mainstream intervention for mental health, Sports Medicine. 46(7). pp. 963-968 (IF: 6.8)
  • Yeh, HP., Stone, JA, Churchill, S., Wheat, J., Davids, K., & Brymer, E. (2016) Physical, psychological and emotional benefits of green exercise: an ecological dynamics perspective, Sports Medicine 46(7). pp. 947-953 (IF: 6.8)
  • Martyn, P., & Brymer, E. (2016) The relationship between nature relatedness and anxiety. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (7) 1436-1445 (Impact Factor: 1.826 | Ranking: Psychology, Clinical 50 out of 111 | 5-Year Impact Factor:2.175 | 5-Year Ranking: Psychology, Clinical 49 out of 111)
  • Sharma-Brymer, V, Brymer, E, & Davids, K., (2015). The relationship between physical activity in green space and human health: An Ecological Dynamics perspective. Journal of Physical Education Research. 2 (1). 7 - 22 (IF 0.519)
  • Moy, B., Renshaw, I., Davids, K., & Brymer, E (2015) Overcoming acculturation: physical education recruits' experiences of an alternative pedagogical approach to games teaching. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (IF 0.950)
  • Brymer, E., Davids, K., & Mallabon, E. (2014) Understanding the Psychological Health and Well-Being Benefits of Physical Activity in Nature: An Ecological Dynamics Analysis. Journal of Ecopsychology, 6(3) 189-197.
  • Brymer, E., & Davids, K. (2014) Experiential learning as a constraints-led process: An ecological dynamics perspective. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 14, 2, 103-117
  • Barwais, F. Cuddihy, T., Washington, T., Michaud Tomson, L., & Brymer, E. (2014) Development and Validation of a New Self-Report Instrument for Measuring Sedentary Behaviors in Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health (IF1.95; rank 30/116 in public, environmental & occupational health)

Published Books

Published Book Chapters

  • Mitten, D. and Brymer, E. (In Press) Nature and wellbeing. Encyclopedia of Teacher Education
  • Dominic Orth, Keith Davids, Jia-Yi Chow, Eric Brymer and Ludovic Seifert (2019) Behavioral Repertoire Influences the Rate and Nature of Learning in Climbing: Implications for Individualized Learning Design in Preparation for Extreme Sports Participation. In Costantino Balestra, Jacek Kot, Shai Efrati, François Guerrero, Jean-Eric Blatteau and Stéphane Besnard Eds. Coping With Extreme Environments: A Physiological/Psychological Approach. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88945-740-3
  • Parsons, H., Houge Mackenzie, S., Filep, S., Brymer, E (2019) UN Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Well-Being: Subjective Wellbeing: Subjective Well-Being and Leisure. In H.C. Filho Eds. Encyclopedia of the UN sustainable development goals:  Good health and wellbeing. Springer
  • Peacock, and Brymer (2019) mixed methods in outdoor research. In Prince and Humberstone Eds Research in Outdoor and Adventure Education. Springer
  • Sharma-Brymer, V. and Brymer, E. (2018). UN Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Well-Being: Flourishing and eudemonic well-being. In H.C. Filho Eds. Encyclopedia of the UN sustainable development goals:  Good health and wellbeing. Springer
  • Peacock, S., & Brymer, E. (In Press). Facilitating Mental Health. In H.C. Filho Eds. Encyclopedia of the UN sustainable development goals:  Good health and wellbeing. Springer
  • Sharma-Brymer, V., Gray, T., & Brymer, E. (2018) Sport Participation to Create a Deeper Environmental Identity with Pro-environmental Behaviors. In McCullough, B. P., & Kellison, T. B. (Eds.). Routledge Handbook on Sport, Sustainability and the Environment. (p 330-339) NY: Routledge
  • Seifert, L., Brymer, E., Orth, D. & Davids, K. (2016) Ecological dynamics approach of motor control & learning in extreme sports, F. Feletti (Ed.) Extreme Sports Medicine, Springer (p. 365-383) 
  • Brymer, E. & Houge Mackenzie, S. (2016) Psychology and the Extreme Sport Experience, In F. Feletti (Ed.) Extreme Sports Medicine, Springer (p. 3-14) 
  • Brymer, E., & Monasterio, E. (2016) Exposure & engagement in mountaineering. In Peter Wolf, Andreas Schweizer, Ludovic Seifert (Eds), Science of Climbing and Mountaineering. Routledge.
  • Brymer, E. & Schweitzer, R. (2015) Phenomenology, Identity and place in extreme sports. In Leisure, environments, Place, Identity and Space, Palgrave
  • Brymer, E. & Houge MacKenzie, S. (2015) The impact of extreme sports on host communities’ psychological growth and development. In Y. Reisinger Ed. Transformational tourism: Host benefits, CABI
  • Monasterio, E. & Brymer, E. (2015) Mountaineering Personality and Risk. In G. Musa, J. Higham, A. Thompson- Carr (Ed’s) Mountaineering Tourism, Routledge
  • Davids, K. Brymer, E. Seifert, L. & Orth, D. (2014) A Constraints-Based Approach to the Acquisition of Expertise in Outdoor Adventure Sports. In K. Davids, R. Hristovski, D. Araujo, N., B. Serre, & C. Button (Eds) Complex Systems in Sport. Routledge
  • Brymer, E. (2014) Extreme Sports as a Precursor to Environmental Sustainability In Christian R. Weisser, Ed. Sustainable Writing: A Bedford Spotlight Reader, Bedford/St. Martin’s

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Registered Psychologist AHPRA
  • Chartered Psychologist British Psychological Society
  • Academic Chair conferences ACAP

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Research and scholarship

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Association
  • Innovation and excellence in teaching awards
  • Multiple International awards for ‘Transcendence’ documentary


  • European collaboration enhancing teaching and learning in HE outdoor and adventure courses (July, 2018) with (UMA), (UGR), (ESEC, Coimbra) Portugal, E20,000
  • Brymer, E. (Jul 2018). British Canoe Union, Ecological approach to coaching. Consultancy ongoing
  • Brymer, E. (April 2018). Adventure and wellbeing, Hookedunhooked consultancy ongoing
  • McKenna, J, Brymer, E., Kay, C. A partnership with the Royal British Legion to enhance psychological wellbeing of sick, wounded and injured military service personnel and their families through adventure sports – (£850,000 pa)
  • Brymer, E. & Bagnall, A-M. (Mar 2018) Mental health and economic impacts of wildlife conservation volunteering. Wildlife Trusts of UK (£10,000)
  • Kay, C. & Brymer, E. (Jan 2018). Outdoor and Adventure Tourism Expeditions for mental wellbeing and life skill development. Partnership program with the Royal British Legion (£160,000)
  • Ecole Normale Superieur de Rennes (Dec 2017). Visiting fellow grant E10,000 for collaborative research into adventure tourism for health and wellbeing interventions
  • Multi partner collaboration; Burt, J. (Natural England), Richardson, M. (Derby university), Barton, J. (Essex). (Nov 2017). Connection to Nature, Contemporary science issue of psychological health and wellbeing benefits from connection to nature. NERC (£16,000)
  • Multi partner collaboration. (Sep 2017). Valuing Nature programme: Demystifying Health. Valuing Nature
  • Felletti, F., Tarabino, M., Brymer, E. (Sep 2017). First Extreme Sports Medicine & Engineering research summer School, Lecco, Italy in partnership with Politecnico di Milano (E10,000)
  • Brymer, E. & Kay, C. (July, 2017). Psychological wellbeing and leadership development from outdoor and adventure interventions, Brew Dog (£60,000)
  • Kay, C. & Brymer, E. (May 2017). Mental health benefits of adventure interventions. Injured players’ association (£120,000)
  • Brymer, E. (Jan 2017). Wellbeing outcomes from outdoor and adventure interventions. Carnegie Great Outdoors partnership program (£40,000pa)
  • King, J. & Brymer, E. (Nov 2016). Mental health benefits of adventure tourism activities (£60,000)
  • Brymer, E. (Nov, 2016). Yourbackyard a partnership with community and internal collaborators. Nature and wellbeing conference, Exchange Hub (£5500)
  • Brymer, E. Hardwell, A., Peacock, S., Allan, J. & Kay, C. (Nov 2016). Adventure residential experiences and psychological wellbeing, a partnership with Carnegie (£10,000)
  • Brymer, E. (Oct 2016). Nature experiences and mental health. Multi-disciplinary investigation into the health benefits of nature–based experiences. (£60,000). Funding awarded for a PhD project
  • Blake, C. & Brymer, E. (2015) Mental health benefits of parkour. (£45,000)
  • Brymer, E. (Jan 2014). Wellness and nature ($90,000). Funding obtained for an International PhD position
  • Neill, J. & Brymer, E. (Sep 2013). Evaluation of nature-based activities for PCYC ($83,000) – collaboration with Canberra University
  • Brymer, E., Washington, T., Rachele, J., Cockshaw, W. (July 2013). Wellness in migrant populations ($12,600)
  • Brymer, E. (Jun 2013). Erasmus Fellowship (£18,000). International fellowship position with University of Cumbria, UK and Philipps University of Marburg, Germany

Research Supervision

Completed PhD/ Prof Doctorate



  • Yeh Hsiaopu, SHU, UK; The health benefits of green exercise; An ecological dynamics approach
  • Kailani Marlow, QUT, Australia; A phenomenological study of the experience of wellness and the role of the natural environment


  • Hilario Rodrigues, QUT, Australia; Excellence in dance teaching; An ecological dynamics approach
  • Freyja Richards, Saybrook, USA; A classic grounded theory study on mountaineering tourism

Prof Doc

  • Harriet Glab, QUT, Australia; Nature as nurture: An exploration of human relationships with their environment in the context of healthcare settings
  • Jedda Crabtree, QUT, Australia; An exploration of the relationship between the nature and mindfulness
  • Jess Nguyen, QUT, Australia; Guided imagery, nature and its effects on anxiety


  • Brendan Moy, QUT; Acculturation and professional socialisation as constraints on the adoption of Physical Education Pedagogy


  • Dan Caston, Prescott, USA; A Phenomenological explication of transformational experiences in nature


  • Faisal Barwais, QUT, Australia; Enhancing HEPA and wellness in sedentary populations

Current PhD/ Prof Doctorate/ MSc (res)


  • Fred Cicchini, USQ, Australia; Apprentice Trainee Retention
  • Tuomas Immonen, Jyvaskula, Finland; Psychological, sociocultural and informational constraints in the acquisition of skill in snowboarding
  • Charlotte Blake, Leeds Beckett University; The mental health benefits of parkour
  • Karen Topp, How does manipulating the task constraints of netball games influence motivation and technical skills development of 11 year old girls?
  • Mark Stone, University of Auckland, NZ: Phenomenology and surfing tourism
  • Deirdre O’Riordan, Leeds Beckett University; Phenomenology of the experience of psychological transformation in trail running
  • Francesco Feletti, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy; Extreme sport injuries (informal advisor)
  • Jenny Woodward, Leeds Beckett University; ‘People and Parks’ - An exploration of how communities and local authorities can work together to improve urban green spaces for health
  • Becky Mathers, Antioch University New England, US; Transformational benefits of nature-based experiences
  • Holly Northwood, Leeds Beckett University; Affordances and psychological health and wellbeing in nature
  • Bev Keen, Leeds Beckett University; Psychological and educational benefits of adventure residential experiences
  • Jason King, Leeds Beckett University; Leadership and leading in adventure tourism contexts

Prof Doc

  • Brandon Stogsdill, North West University, USA; Action sports: Mental health implications for adolescents

MSc (res)

  • Jon Gemmel, Queensland University of Technology; Affordances and wellbeing from outdoor experiential learning