Yerbury, Dr Rachel

Yerbury, Dr Rachel

Honorary affiliate researcher

Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute at the University of Wollongong
Research interests / activities:

I have an interest in conservation and environmental psychology and human interactions with nature and animals. I have been a marine mammal rescue volunteer for many years and am keenly interest in how wildlife interactions can benefit human wellbeing within an ecocentric and reciprocal perspective. I have a number of publications in the field of tourism and leisure, human geography and ecopsychology. I have been a practicing registered psychologist and a school psychologist for more than 20 years and just completed a PhD with SCU.


Yerbury, R. M., Lukey, S. (under review) Human-animal interactions: expressions of wellbeing through a “nature language”

Yerbury, R. M. (under review) “Lets be Still”: A School Psychologist delivered Stillness meditation program for wellbeing.

Yerbury, R. M., Boyd, W. E., & Weiler, B. (2021) Encounters with wild, ecotour and captive marine mammals: what do they tell us about human wellbeing and environmental behaviour? Tourism in Marine Environments. 16(1)

Yerbury, R. M., Weiler, B., & Boyd, W. E. (2020). Marine wildlife experiences, beliefs and reciprocal healing. Ecopsychology. 12(3)

Yerbury, R. M., & Weiler, B. (2020). From Human wellbeing to an ecocentric perspective: How nature-connectedness can extend the benefits of marine wildlife experiences. Anthrozoös. 33(3)

Yerbury, R. M., & Boyd, W. E. (2019). Dolphins and human flourishing: A novel application of the PERMA Model. Ecopsychology.

Yerbury, R. M., & Boyd, W. E. (2018). Human–dolphin interactions: relationships, connections, and the reinforcement of an ongoing nature relationship. Anthrozoös: A multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals, 31(4), 443-458. doi:10.1080/08927936.2018.1482116

Yerbury, R. & Boyd, W. (2018). Wild dolphins, nature and leisure: Whose wellbeing? Pp. 149-164 in Carr, N. & Young, J. (ed.) Wild Animals and Leisure: Rights and Wellbeing, 1st Edition. Routledge, Abingdon & Bookshelf Online

Yerbury, R. M., Boyd, W. E., Lloyd, D., & Brooks, A. (2017). Right to leisure? Refocusing on the dolphin. Annals of Leisure Research, 1-18.

Tower, J., McGrath, R., Sibson, R., Adair, D., Bevan, N., Brown, G., Foley., Fullagar,S., Gray, L., Hawkins, C., Jeanes, R., Kerr, R., Martin, K., Maxwell, H.,McDonald, K., Peel, N., Reis, A., Xing, T., Yerbury, R. M., Zimmerman, J.(2018) State of leisure studies in Australia and New Zealand, World Leisure Journal, 60:1, 58-66, DOI: 10.1080/16078055.2017.1343326.

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