Dr Eric BrymerPrincipal Lecturer

Dr Eric Brymer is a psychologist with a particular interest in the psychological health benefits of nature-based experiences. His research focuses on investigating how to design and facilitate nature-based experiences and interactions in order to optimise positive outcomes for people and the environment. Eric is also interested in the broad psychological understanding of nature-based experiences. Current projects include investigations of nature-based interventions, adventure and eco-tourism experiences, and the wellbeing benefits of extreme sports.

Research Interests

  • Wellbeing
  • Health benefits of nature-based experiences
  • Nature as medicine

Various projects looking at the health benefits of nature-based experiences. Joint projects with institutions in Australia, Europe, US and the UK.

Editorships and Consultancies

  • Consultant editor: Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management
  • Brymer, E. Editor – Special Edition: Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, 4(1), iv
  • Brymer, E. Guest editor. (2010) Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education. 1(2) p.3
  • Brymer, E. Editor: Creating active futures: Edited proceedings of 26th ACHPER International Conference, Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July 2009

Research Outputs

Authored Books

Brymer, E. and Washington, T. (2014) “Fitness Health and Wellness”, McGraw Hill

Brymer, E. (Author), and Nielson, J. (Producer) (2012) “Transcendence”, Southern Underground Productions, New Zealand

Brymer, E., Hughes, T., and Collins, L. (2000) “The Art of Freestyle”, Wales: Pesda Press

Book Chapters

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, and 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

Brymer, E. Lacaze A, (2013) “The benefits of ecotourism for visitor wellness”, in Ballantyne, R and Packer J. Eds International handbook of ecotourism

Brymer, E. (2013) “Extreme sports as transformational experiences”, in Y. Reisinger (Ed.) Transformational tourism, CABI

Brymer, E. (2012) “Transforming adventures: why extreme sports should be included in adventure programming”, in B. Martin and M. Wagstaff Eds. Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming, Champaign, IL, Human Kinetics pp. 165-174

Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2012) “Program design and activity selection”, in TJ Dickson and T Gray Eds (2012) Risk management in the outdoors: A whole of organisation approach for education, sport and recreation, Cambridge University Press. pp 112-132

Brymer E. (2010) “Skill development in canoeing and kayaking: An individualised approach”, in Renshaw, I., Davids, K., and Savelsbergh, G. (Eds.). (2010) Motor Learning in Practice: A constraints-led approach, London: Routledge. pp 152-160

Reilly, T., Brymer, E., and Townend, M.S. (1993). “An ergonomic evaluation of boardsailing harnesses”, in E. J. Lovesey Ed. Ergonomics and Energy, London, Taylor and Francis

Journal Articles

Monasterio, E. and Brymer, E. (In Press) “The Mountaineering experience”, Mountaineering Tourism

Seifert, L., Brymer, E., Orth, D. and Davids, K. (In press) “Ecological dynamics approach of motor control and learning in extreme sports”, Extreme Sports Medicine

Brymer, E. and Houge Mackenzie, S. (In press) “Psychology and the Extreme Sport Experience”, Science and Extreme Sports Medicine, Nova Publishers

Brymer, E. and Schweitzer, R. (in Press) “Phenomenology, Identity and place in extreme sports”, Leisure, environments, Place, Identity and Space, Palgrave

Moy, B., Renshaw, I., Davids, K. and Brymer, E. (In Press) “Variations in acculturation and Australian physical education teacher education students’ reasons for receptiveness to an alternative pedagogical approach to games”

Brymer, E. and Houge MacKenzie, S. (In Press) “The impact of extreme sports on host communities’ psychological growth and development”, in Y. Reisinger Ed. Transformational tourism: Host benefits, CABI

Martyn P. and Brymer E. (In Press) “The relationship between emotional connection to nature and anxiety”, Journal of Health Psychology

Brymer, E., Davids, K., and 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)

Brymer, E. and Schweitzer, R. (2014) “The Search for Freedom in Extreme Sports: A Phenomenological Exploration”, Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Brymer, E. and 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

Rachelle, J., Washington, T. Cockshaw, W. Brymer, E. (2013) “Towards an operational understanding of wellness”, Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, 7,1, 3-12.

Barwais, F., Cuddihy, T., Washington, T., Brymer, E. and Michaud Tomson, L. (2013) “Development and Validation of a New Self-Report Instrument for Measuring Sedentary Behaviors in Adults”, Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Brymer, E. and Schweitzer, R. (2013) “Fear is good for your health: A phenomenological exploration of extreme sports”, Journal of Health Psychology

Brymer, E. and Davids, K. (2012) “Ecological psychology as a theoretical framework for development of sustainable behaviours towards the environment”, Journal of Environmental Education Research

Brymer, E., Gray, T. Cotton, W. (2011) “Outdoor experiential training as a medium for the development of today’s leaders”, Journal of Spirituality Leadership and Management, 5(1), 58-66

Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2010) “Developing an intimate “relationship” with nature through extreme sports participation”, Leisure/Loisir, 34(4), 361-374

Brymer, E. and Renshaw, I. (2010) “An introduction to the constraints-led approach to learning in outdoor education”, Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 14(2), 33-41

Brymer, E. Cuddihy, T. F. and Sharma-Brymer, V. (2010) “The role of nature-based experiences in the development and maintenance of wellness”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 1(2), 21-28

Brymer, E. (2010) “Risk and Extreme Sports: A phenomenological perspective”, Annals of Leisure Research, 13(1and2), 218-239

Brymer, E., Gray, T., Cotton, W. and Carpenter, C., (2010) “Profiling Outdoor Leadership”, The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(1), 93-108

Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2009) “Dancing with nature: rhythm and harmony in extreme sport participation”, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 9(2), pp. 135-149

Brymer E., Downey, G. and Gray, T. (2009) “Extreme sports as a precursor to environmental sustainability”, Journal of Sport and Tourism, 14(2-3), 193-204

Brymer, E. (2009) “The extreme sports experience: A research report”, IFPRA Journal, March, 6-7.

Brymer, E. (2009) “Extreme sports as a facilitator of ecocentricity and positive life changes”, World Leisure Journal, 51(1), 47-53

Brymer, E. and Oades, L. (2009) “Extreme Sports: A positive transformation in courage and humility”, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 49(1), 114-126.

Brymer, E. and Gray, T. L. (2006) “Effective leadership: Transformational or transactional?”, Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 10(2), 13-19

Brymer, G.E. (2002) “Exploring expedition research methodology: A personal reflection”, Australian Journal of Outdoor Education. 6, 2, 44-57

Conference Presentations

Lacaze, A-M., and Brymer, E. (2014) “Burnout, Wellness and the Natural World”, 15th International Mental Health Conference, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast (QLD), 25-27 August

Washington, T., Singh, B., Rachele, J., Ramsey, R., Agarwal, E. and Brymer, E. (2014) “Asian international student attrition among Australian universities: Are wellness programs the answer?”, National Wellness Conference, University of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 23-26 June

Brymer, E. (2013) “An Ecological dynamics perspective on the role of nature for human wellbeing”, OEAQ conference 5-8 July

Davids, K. and Brymer, E. (2012) “Developing high performers: An ecological dynamics perspective”, ICPESS conference, India, 16-18 November

Brymer, E. and Sharma-Brymer, V. (2012). “The Significance of Extreme sports: A Qualitative Analysis”, ICPESS conference, India, 16-18 November

Washington, T., Rachele, J., Cockshaw, W., Brymer, E. (2012) “Physical Activity in University Health and Exercise Science Students: Initial Findings from the Brisbane Cohort Study”, ICPESS conference, India, 16-18 November

Brymer, E. (2012) “Ecological dynamics and nature-based therapies”, invited lecture, AABAT, Boonah, Queensland, 30 March-1 April

Brymer, E. (2011) “Nature, psychology and the development and maintenance of wellness”, invited lecture to open the DERM series on psychology and the environment, Park Regis, Brisbane, 22 November

Murphy, L . and Brymer, E. (2010) “Backpackers and sustainable tourism: Exploring the potential”, International conference on global sustainable tourism, Mbombela, South Africa, 15-19 November

Pearce, L. and Brymer, E. (2010) “Backpackers psychology and the development of sustainability”

Cotton, W., Gray, T., Brymer, E. and Carpenter, C. (2010), “Profiling Outdoor Leadership - A Global Perspective”

Tower, J., and Brymer, E. (2010) “Building professional identity of sport and recreation students through industry based learning”, World Leisure Congress, Gangwon National University, ChunCheon City, Korea, 28 August-2 September

Brymer, E. (2010) “A phenomenological perspective on extreme sports as a means to positive health”, International Congress 2010, Healthy Parks Healthy People, Melbourne convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 11-16 April

Brymer, E. Cuddihy, T. (2010) “Nature’s role as an indicator of wellness”, International Congress 2010, Healthy Parks Healthy People, Melbourne convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 11-16 April

Carpenter, C., Brymer, E., Gray, T. and Cotton, W. (2010) “The human/nature relationship: The individuals’ perspectives and beliefs”, International Congress 2010, Healthy Parks Healthy People, Melbourne convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 11-16 April

Brymer, E., Schweitzer, R. and Sharma-Brymer, V. (2010) “Ecotherapy as an intervention for generalised anxiety”, International Congress 2010, Healthy Parks Healthy People, Melbourne convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 11-16 April

Gray, T., Brymer, E., Cotton, W. and Carpenter, C. (2010) “Same Tribe, Different Language: Factors Influencing Outdoor Leadership from a Gender Perspective”, 2010 National Outdoor Education Conference, February

Brymer, E., Gray, T, Cotton, W. and Carpenter, C. (2010) “Ecological leadership: A new perspective on leadership”, Spirituality, leadership and management conference, Sydney, Australia, 11-14 February

Pearce, P.L., Murphy, L. and Brymer, E. (2009) “Evolution of the backpacker market and the potential for Australian tourism”, Adventure and Backpacker Industry Conference, Sydney, 5 November

Brymer, E. (2009) “Ecological Leadership”, invited lecture, Making Connections: Queensland Outdoor Recreation Industry Conference Kindilan Outdoor Education and Conference Centre, Redland Bay, 31 July–2 August

Brymer E. and Cuddihy, T. (2009) “Ecological perspectives and wellness”, in T. F. Cuddihy and E. Brymer (eds.) (2009) Creating Active Futures: Edited Proceedings of the 26th ACHPER International Conference, 7-10 July 2009, Brisbane, Australia, pp 301-310

Cuddihy T.F. and Brymer, E. (2009) “The future of Physical education”, in T. F. Cuddihy and E. Brymer (eds.) (2009) Creating Active Futures: Edited Proceedings of the 26th ACHPER International Conference, 7-10 July 2009, Brisbane, Australia, pp iii-iv

Brymer, E. and Cuddihy, T. (2009) “Wellness and the role of the natural world”, 26th ACHPER International Conference, Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July

Brymer, E. (2009) “The Role of Extreme Sports in lifestyle enhancement and wellness”, 26th ACHPER International Conference, Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July

Sharma-Brymer, V. and Brymer, E. (2009) “Socio-cultural dimensions of Active Futures: Importance of studying migrants’ perspectives of wellness”, 26th ACHPER International Conference, Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July

Brymer, E., Gray, T., Carpenter, C., and Cotton, W. (2009) “Ecological Leadership: Outdoor Education as leadership development for tomorrow’s leaders”, Fourth International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Outdoor education research and theory: critical reflections, new directions, hosted by La Trobe University in Beechworth, Australia, 15-18 April

Brymer, E. (2009) “Self and identity in extreme sports: a phenomenological perspective”, peer reviewed paper accepted for the 5th Global Self International Biennial Conference: Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self and Identity Constructs, Al Ain, UAE, 13-15 January

Brymer, E. (2008) ”Extreme sports as ecotourism”, peer reviewed paper in the Inaugural Conference on Green Travel, Climate Change and Ecotourism, Adelaide, 17-20 November

Sharma-Brymer, V., Fox, C., and Brymer, E. (2008) “Educated Indian women’s experiences of education and human capabilities: A location of challenges and hopes”, peer reviewed paper in Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association: Equality, Inclusion and Human Development, New Delhi, 10-13 September

Brymer, E. (2007) “NLP and the outdoor leader”, invited lecture, The Outdoor Recreation Industry Council of NSW, 2007 Conference, Sydney, August

Brymer, E. (2006). ”Extreme sports: Theorising participation - a challenge for phenomenology”, ORIC research series

Brymer, E. (2006) “Advanced research”, invited lecture at University of Technology: School of Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Brymer, E. (2006) “Marketing: Your key to success”, invited lecture at The Outdoor Recreation Industry Council of NSW, 2006 Conference. Sydney, October

Brymer, E. (2006) “Extreme Dude! Staring back from the abyss”, invited lecture at The Outdoor Recreation Industry Council of NSW, 2006 Conference. Sydney, October

Brymer, E. (2005) “Advanced research”, invited lecture at University of Wales, Bangor: Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning

Brymer, E. (2004) “Extreme Dude! Staring back from the abyss. Reconnecting”, The Outdoor Recreation Industry Council of NSW, 2004 Conference, Sydney, 23-24 October

Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2004) “Extreme Sports: A challenge to phenomenology”, Connections and Disconnections: Examining the reality and rhetoric - International perspectives on outdoor education theory and practice. LaTrobe University, Bendigo, 6-9 July

Brymer, E., Oades, L and Gray, T. (2003) “Transcendence of material self through extreme sports: A phenomenological perspective”, 8th International Congress on Constructivism and Psychotherapy: Constructivism, Phenomenology and Brain Imaging, Bari, Italy

Brymer, E., Gray, T. and Oades, L. (2003) “Enhancing personal ‘well-being’ through extreme sports: views from the edge”, 3rd International Adventure Therapy Conference, Ethical and Quality Practice in Adventure Therapy: Defining Commonality while Honouring Diversity, Victoria, Canada

Brymer, E., Gray, T. and Oades, L. (2003) “Life ownership through extreme sports: views from the edge”, 13th National Outdoor education Conference, Relevance: Making it Happen. Adelaide, Australia

Brymer, E. (2002) “Teamwork and spiritual values”, 5th Annual Spirituality, Leadership and Management Conference, Creating and Honouring Connection. Gold Coast, Australia

Brymer, E., Gray, T. and Oades, L. (2002) “The extreme sport experience: a challenge to phenomenology”, The Outdoor Recreation Industry Council: Research Symposium. Sydney, Australia

Brymer, E., Oades, L and Gray, T. (2002) “Developing personal well-being through extreme sports?”, Tenth Australasian Conference on Personal Construct Psychology: Personal Construct Psychology in Wellness and Unwellness. Sydney, Australia

Research Reports

Tower, J., Craig, M. and Brymer, E. (2009) “Improving Learning in the Workplace and Community Experiences in the VU Sport and Recreation Courses”, Victoria University, Melbourne

Pearce, P.L., Murphy, L. and Brymer, E. (2009) “Evolution of the backpacker market and the potential for Australian tourism”, CRC for Sustainable Tourism Pty Ltd, Gold Coast, Australia

Brymer, G.E. (2006) “Leadership and teamwork: A research report on the Ganges expedition 1998-1999”, Australia, Kushala publications

Brymer, G. E., (2005) “Extreme dude! A phenomenological perspective on the extreme sport experience”, PhD thesis, Faculties of Education and Psychology, University of Wollongong, 2005

Brymer, E. (2000) “Psychology report: A study of the interaction of an integrated team whilst completing a four-month river expedition in India. In Ganges 1998-1999”, Brunel University, Design for Life

Other Types of Output

Brymer, E. (2014) “Focus on the play”, International Wellness Connections, NWI

Brymer, E. (2014) “Why we need to save the tiger!”, NWIA newsletter

Brymer, E. (2013) “Why we need to save the tiger!”, International Wellness Connections, NWI

Brymer, E (2012) ”BASE jumping from the Rialto: plain stupid or something else entirely?”, The conversation, 19 March

Jankelson, C. and Brymer, E. (2010) “Editorial: Leadership for the emerging world”, Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, 4(1), iv

Brymer, E., and Schweitzer, R. (2010), “The natural world, anxiety and responses”, The Sustainable Psychologist, 1:2

Cuddihy, T. and Brymer, E. Eds (2010) “Editorial”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 1(2) p.3

Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2009) “Dancing with nature: Rhythm and harmony in extreme sport participation”, Victorian Outdoor Education Journal

Cuddihy T.F. and Brymer, E. (Eds.) (2009) “Creating Active Futures: Edited Proceedings of the 26th ACHPER International Conference, 7-10 July2009, Brisbane, Australia”

Brymer, E. (2008) “Mother Ganga: A journey of equality”, IFPRA journal

Brymer, G.E. (2006) “Extreme Dude! A comprehensive exploration of the extreme sport phenomenon: A research report”, Australia, Kushala publications.

Brymer, E. (2006) “Marketing: Your route to success”

Brymer, E. (2006) ”Adding value to the workplace: Some thoughts and concepts”

Brymer, E. (2006) “Transactional or transformational leadership: Theory and practice”

Brymer, E. (2005) “Marketing: Your key to success”, The Link, 1(1), 3-6.

Brymer, E. (2005) “Extreme dude”, Australasian Leisure Management, No. 51, pp. 36, 38

Brymer, E. (online) “Questioning in coaching: An overview for the practitioner”

Brymer, G.E. “Assessment and feedback issues in delivering outdoor recreation modules in Higher Education”, Dwyn Tan

Brymer, E. “Effective teamwork: a function of ultimate concerns”, The Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Managemen

Brymer, E. (2002) “Minimal and environmental impact resource material and course book”, Australian Canoeing

Supervised Research Student Titles

Currently supervising 8 PhD students

Current Teaching Input

Exercise psychology
Eric Brymer

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology

Department

Exercise and Sports Science
Crewe Campus
Crewe Green Road
Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 5DU

Tel: 0161 247 5456

Email: e.brymer@mmu.ac.uk

Twitter: @Ericbrymer