Psychology in extremes

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What is In Extremis?

In Extremis is an online school for psychology in extreme environments.

The courses we offer have been developed using the most up-to-date scientific research and provide a unique insight into what we know about the psychology of human behaviour, performance and health in the most extreme places on Earth and beyond.


Our bitesized evidence-based courses focus on topics that are important for human safety, performance and health in extremes, such as personnel selection, training and preparation, extreme stressors, mental health and wellbeing, resilience, sleep, coping and performance optimisation, decision making, team dynamics, leadership, transitions and more.

Our featured courses are available below. The full course catalogue will be available soon.


Who is In Extremis for?

If you have a general interest in humans in extremes, are travelling to an extreme environment for work or pleasure, or conducting research on human life at the limits, our courses might be for you.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss any of our offerings.

My background

After completing my undergraduate (BSc Sport and Exercise Science) and postgraduate (PhD Sport and Exercise Psychology) degrees at the University of Birmingham (UK), I joined the University of Northampton as a Lecturer in Sport Psychology. Whilst at Northampton, I began a programme of research on the psychology of performance and health in extreme environments. This led to a role as a Senior Research Scientist within the UK Ministry of Defence at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl Porton Down) conducting work with personnel operating in a range of challenging and hostile conditions. Currently I am a Research Fellow in Psychology, Security and Trust at the University of Manchester (UK), where I am leading a number of projects related to performance and health in expedition, military and space contexts. At UoM I set up the interdisciplinary 'From Antarctica to Outer Space: Surviving and Thriving in Extremes' online course, which any undergraduate student can take as part of their degree. I have published numerous scientific papers, book chapters and reports on the psychology of extreme environments. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an Associate of the Alpine Club, and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School. I am also the co-founder, with my colleague Professor Emma Barrett, of the Behaviour in Extreme and Adventurous Settings Research Network and the creator the DRIFT tool for behaviour, performance and health management in extremes (



"I’d like to thank you for a well thought out, well presented learning experience that I feel will be of great value to my future expeditions and to my day to day activities as a professional diver." Phil S, Director. Dark Water Exploration Ltd

"I like the style you present in the modules. It provides great information and it’s helping me with some aspects of psychology in relation to expedition/austere environments. Its outside my comfort zone, and that is great for me!" Jeremy W, Expeditioner

"Anyway, thanks again for the awesome course and allowing me to try to talk about some things. I'm even more pumped for the next trip so I can put things into practice!" Katey D, Zoologist, and remote fieldworker