Bryan P Mccormick

Interim Recreational Therapy Program Director
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
1700 N Broad Suite 301C


Bryan McCormick is a professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University. Dr. McCormick is a past president of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and is a fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences and the National Academy of Recreational Therapists. He is the author or co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications, more than 40 published research abstracts, 3 books and 15 book chapters. Dr. McCormick’s work has been published in journals such as Journal of Leisure Research, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and Schizophrenia Research. Working with co-investigators and graduate students, his group has successfully used a variety of data collection and data analysis techniques to capture the everyday experience of adults with severe mental illness. His current work is focused on translating basic findings on everyday life activities into field-based interventions to improve social functioning and community participation among adults with schizophrenia. He is a two-time recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research and lectures in psychiatric services in Serbia (2010) and Bosnia (2017). Dr. McCormick has provided trainings in the US and internationally on the use of recreation as a form of psychosocial intervention in psychiatric rehabilitation. His teaching includes both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of recreational therapy, social psychology and social science research methods.


  • PhD, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
  • MS, Recreation and Parks; Emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Recreation and Parks; Emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, The Pennsylvania State University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




RCTH 5001

Graduate Research I in Recreational Therapy


Selected Publications

  • Nagata, S., Brusilovskiy, E., Townley, G., McCormick, B., Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2023). Housing and loneliness among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Int J Soc Psychiatry, 69(3), pp. 559-566. England. doi: 10.1177/00207640221119636

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., Brusilovskiy, E., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Community participation as a predictor of depressive symptoms among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Int J Soc Psychiatry, 68(8), pp. 1689-1697. England. doi: 10.1177/00207640211052182

  • Townley, G., Brusilovskiy, E., Klein, L., McCormick, B., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Community Mental Health Center Visits and Community Mobility of People with Serious Mental Illnesses: A Facilitator or Constraint? Community Ment Health J, 58(3), pp. 420-428. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10597-021-00821-w

  • McCormick, B.P., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., Klein, L., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Getting out of the house: The relationship of venturing into the community and neurocognition among adults with serious mental illness. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 45(1), pp. 18-25. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000483

  • McCormick, B.P., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., Klein, L., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). "Getting out of the house: The relationship of venturing into the community and neurocognition among adults with serious mental illness": Correction. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 45(1), p. 26. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000491

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Wilson, S., Snethen, G., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Emotional states associated with being in the community and being with others among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 91(1), pp. 1-8. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000516

  • Snethen, G., Brusilovskiy, E., McCormick, B.P., Hiremath, S.V., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). The Relationship between Community Participation and Physical Activity among Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses. Ment Health Phys Act, 20. England. doi: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2021.100381

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Depressive symptoms and community participation among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 91(5), pp. 598-606. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000560

  • Dawson, S., McCormick, B., Piatt, J., Knapp, D., & Dickinson, S. (2021). Effect of a mentoring program for adolescents with physical disabilities attending a therapeutic camp. J Pediatr Rehabil Med, 14(2), pp. 275-284. Netherlands. doi: 10.3233/PRM-190673

  • Brusilovskiy, E., Klein, L.A., Townley, G., Snethen, G., McCormick, B., Hiremath, S.V., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). Examining the relationship between community mobility and participation using GPS and self-report data. Soc Sci Med, 265, p. 113539. England. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113539

  • Luther, L., Fischer, M.W., Johnson-Kwochka, A.V., Minor, K.S., Holden, R., Lapish, C.L., McCormick, B., & Salyers, M.P. (2020). Mobile enhancement of motivation in schizophrenia: A pilot randomized controlled trial of a personalized text message intervention for motivation deficits. J Consult Clin Psychol, 88(10), pp. 923-936. United States. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000599

  • Arnaez, J.M., Krendl, A.C., McCormick, B.P., Chen, Z., & Chomistek, A.K. (2020). The association of depression stigma with barriers to seeking mental health care: a cross-sectional analysis. J Ment Health, 29(2), pp. 182-190. England. doi: 10.1080/09638237.2019.1644494

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., & Piatt, J. (2020). Leisure behavior and sense of coherence in the context of depression. J Community Psychol, 48(2), pp. 283-301. United States. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22250

  • Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., McCormick, B., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). An exploration of linear and curvilinear relationships between community participation and neurocognition among those with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 42(4), pp. 358-365. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000364

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., & Piatt, J. (2019). The effect of leisure coping on depressive symptoms among individuals with depression: examination of potential confounding effects of physical activity and extraversion. Psychol Health Med, 24(6), pp. 654-666. England. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2018.1557711

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B.P., & Piatt, J. (2018). The Impact of Decreased Capacity to Experience Pleasure on Leisure Coping Strategies among Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder. Leisure Sciences, pp. 1-19. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2018.1458667

  • Dawson, S., McCormick, B., & Li, J. (2018). A Network Analysis of Youth with Physical Disabilities Attending a Therapeutic Camp. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 52(2), pp. 154-169. doi: 10.18666/trj-2018-v52-i2-8344

  • Luther, L., McCormick, B.P., Lapish, C.C., & Salyers, M.P. (2017). 2239. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 1(Suppl 1), pp. 40-40. doi: 10.1017/cts.2017.147

  • Austin, D.R., PhD, FDRT, FALS, McCormick, B.P., PhD, CTRS, FDRT, & FALS (2017). Clinical reasoning: A concept for recreation therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(4), p. 31. doi: 10.5055/ajrt.2013.0056

  • Walter, A.A., MS, CTRS, McCormick, B.P., PhD, & CTRS (2017). Aquatic activity and emotional experience in adults with severe mental illness. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 13(3), p. 7. doi: 10.5055/ajrt.2014.0074

  • Austin, D.R., PhD, FDRT, FALS, McCormick, B.P., PhD, CTRS, FDRT, & FALS (2017). The truth about strengths-based practice: Not a new paradigm for recreational therapy—But an important one. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 15(3), p. 19. doi: 10.5055/ajrt.2016.0108

  • Dawson, S., MA, CTRS, Gilbert, K., PhD, Gilbert, R., PhD, Beckmeyer, J., PhD, McCormick, B., & PhD (2017). Family Battle Buddies Program: A therapeutic program for reintegrating National Guard families. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 15(2), p. 29. doi: 10.5055/ajrt.2016.0103

  • Austin, D.R. & McCormick, B.P. (2017). Perspectives on Recreational Therapy.

  • Austin, D.R., McCormick, B.P., & Puymbroeck, M.V. (2016). Management Functions in Recreational Therapy.

  • McCormick, B.P. (2016). The effects of sedentary behavior on physiological function. In Physical Activity Effects on the Anthropological Status of Children, Youth and Adults (pp. 237-246).

  • Li, H., Frey, G.C., McCormick, B.P., & Johnston, J.D. (2015). Comparison of obesity among Chinese and U.S. Special Olympic athletes with intellectual disabilities. Res Dev Disabil, 41-42, pp. 94-100. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2015.05.005

  • Vuković, M., Gvozdenović, B.S., Ranković, M., McCormick, B.P., Vuković, D.D., Gvozdenović, B.D., Kastratović, D.A., Marković, S.Z., Ilić, M., & Jakovljević, M.B. (2015). Can didactic continuing education improve clinical decision making and reduce cost of quality? Evidence from a case study. J Contin Educ Health Prof, 35(2), pp. 109-118. United States. doi: 10.1002/chp.21272

  • Snethen, G.A., McCormick, B.P., & Lysaker, P.H. (2014). Physical activity and psychiatric symptoms in adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. J Nerv Ment Dis, 202(12), pp. 845-852. United States. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000216

  • Austin, D.R., Crawford, M.E., McCormick, B.P., & Puymbroeck, M.V. (2014). Recreational Therapy An Introduction.

  • Kim, K., Compton, D.M., & McCormick, B. (2013). The relationship among motivational environment, autonomous selfregulation and personal variables in refugee youth: Implications for mental health and youth leadership. Annals of Leisure Research, 16(3), pp. 230-251. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2013.826123

  • McCormick, B.P., Snethen, G., & Lysaker, P.H. (2012). Emotional episodes in the everyday lives of people with schizophrenia: the role of intrinsic motivation and negative symptoms. Schizophr Res, 142(1-3), pp. 46-51. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.09.002

  • Vuković, M., Gvozdenović, B.S., Gajić, T., Gajić, B.S., Jakovljević, M., & McCormick, B.P. (2012). Validation of a patient satisfaction questionnaire in primary health care. Public Health, 126(8), pp. 710-718. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2012.03.008

  • Snethen, G., McCormick, B.P., & Puymbroeck, M.V. (2012). Community involvement, planning and coping skills: pilot outcomes of a recreational-therapy intervention for adults with schizophrenia. Disabil Rehabil, 34(18), pp. 1575-1584. England. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.650315

  • Kim, J.H., Ritchie, J., & McCormick, B. (2012). Development of a scale to measure memorable tourism experiences. Journal of Travel Research, 51(1), pp. 12-25. doi: 10.1177/0047287510385467

  • Lysaker, P.H., McCormick, B.P., Snethen, G., Buck, K.D., Hamm, J.A., Grant, M., Nicolò, G., & Dimaggio, G. (2011). Metacognition and social function in schizophrenia: associations of mastery with functional skills competence. Schizophr Res, 131(1-3), pp. 214-218. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2011.06.011

  • Lundberg, N.R., Taniguchi, S., McCormick, B.P., & Tibbs, C. (2011). Identity negotiating: Redefining stigmatized identities through adaptive sports and recreation participation among individuals with a disability. Journal of Leisure Research, 43(2), pp. 205-225. doi: 10.1080/00222216.2011.11950233

  • Eggleston, B., Middlestadt, S.E., Lindeman, A., McCormick, B., & Koceja, D. (2011). Attending Yoga Classes: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior. The International Journal of Health Wellness and Society, 1(1), pp. 37-48. doi: 10.18848/2156-8960/cgp/v01i01/41014

  • Mccormick, B.P. (2011). Importance of psychosocial status in secondary prevention and rehabilitation of coronary artery disease. Srce I Krvni Sudovi, 30(4), pp. 201-205. doi: 10.5937/siks1104201m

  • Heo, J., Lee, Y., Pedersen, P.M., & McCormick, B.P. (2010). Flow experience in the daily lives of older adults: an analysis of the interaction between flow, individual differences, serious leisure, location, and social context. Can J Aging, 29(3), pp. 411-423. Canada. doi: 10.1017/S0714980810000395

  • Heo, J., Lee, Y., McCormick, B.P., & Pedersen, P.M. (2010). Daily experience of serious leisure, flow and subjective well-being of older adults. Leisure Studies, 29(2), pp. 207-225. doi: 10.1080/02614360903434092

  • McCormick, B.P., Frey, G.C., Lee, C., Gajic, T., Stamatovic-Gajic, B., & Maksimovic, M. (2009). A pilot examination of social context and everyday physical activity among adults receiving Community Mental Health Services. Acta Psychiatr Scand, 119(3), pp. 243-247. United States. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01331.x

  • McCormick, B.P., Frey, G., Lee, C., Chun, S., Sibthorp, J., Gajic, T., Stamatovic-Gajic, B., & Maksimovich, M. (2008). Predicting transitory mood from physical activity level among people with severe mental illness in two cultures. Int J Soc Psychiatry, 54(6), pp. 527-538. England. doi: 10.1177/0020764008091423

  • Frey, G.C., Lee, C., McCormick, B.P., & Yoo, Y. (2008). The Relationship between Daily Physical Activity and Mood. MEDICINE and SCIENCE in SPORTS and EXERCISE, 40(5), pp. S454-S454. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000322928.69506.9d

  • Funderburk, J.A., McCormick, B.P., & Austin, J.K. (2007). Does attitude toward epilepsy mediate the relationship between perceived stigma and mental health outcomes in children with epilepsy? Epilepsy Behav, 11(1), pp. 71-76. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2007.04.006

  • Frey, G.C., Lee, C., Yoo, Y., & McCormick, B.P. (2007). Efficacy of Experience Sampling and Day Reconstruction Methods as Measures of Physical Activity Intensity. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 39(5), pp. s185-s186. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000273689.39102.90

  • Lee, Y. & McCormick, B.P. (2006). Examining the role of self-monitoring and social leisure in the life quality of individuals with spinal cord injury. Journal of Leisure Research, 38(1), pp. 1-19. doi: 10.1080/00222216.2006.11950066

  • McCormick, B.P., Frey, G., Lee, C., & Chun, S. (2005). Relationship Between Physical Activity And Mood State In Individuals With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 37(Supplement), p. s176. doi: 10.1249/00005768-200505001-00920

  • McCormick, B.P., Frey, G., Lee, C., & Chun, S. (2005). Relationship Between Physical Activity And Mood State In Individuals With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness. MEDICINE and SCIENCE in SPORTS and EXERCISE, 37, pp. S176-S176. doi: 10.1097/00005768-200505001-00920

  • McCormick, B.P., Funderburk, J.A., Lee, Y., & Hale-Fought, M. (2005). Activity characteristics and emotional experience: Predicting boredom and anxiety in the daily life of community mental health clients. Journal of Leisure Research, 37(2), pp. 236-253. doi: 10.1080/00222216.2005.11950052

  • Lee, Y. & McCormick, B. (2004). Subjective well-being of people with spinal cord injury: Does leisure contribute? Journal of Rehabilitation, 70(3), pp. 5-12.

  • Zabriskie, R.B. & McCormick, B.P. (2003). Parent and child perspectives of family leisure involvement and satisfaction with family life. Journal of Leisure Research, 35(2), pp. 163-189. doi: 10.1080/00222216.2003.11949989

  • Myllykangas, S.A., McCormick, B.P., & Reilly, M.S. (2002). Undergraduate Student Preference for Client Age Groups: Why the Young Avoid the Old. SCHOLE a Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 17(1), pp. 87-101. doi: 10.1080/1937156x.2002.11949490

  • Austin, D.R., Dattilo, J., & McCormick, B.P. (2002). Conceptual Foundations for Therapeutic Recreation. Venture Pub.

  • Zabriskie, R.B. & McCormick, B.P. (2001). The influences of family leisure patterns on perceptions of family functioning. Family Relations, 50(3), pp. 281-289. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2001.00281.x

  • Lee, Y., McCormick, B.P., & Austin, D.R. (2001). Toward an engagement in social support: A key to community integration in rehabilitation. World Leisure Journal, 43(3), pp. 25-30. doi: 10.1080/04419057.2001.9674235

  • Zabriskie, R.B. & McCormick, B.P. (2000). Accreditation and Academic Quality: A Comparison with Healthcare Accreditation. SCHOLE a Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 15(1), pp. 31-45. doi: 10.1080/1937156x.2000.11949454

  • McCormick, B.P. (1999). Brasile, F., Skalko, T. K., & burlingame, j. (Eds.). (1998). Perspectives in recreational therapy: Issues of a dynamic profession. SCHOLE a Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 14(1), pp. 169-173. doi: 10.1080/1937156x.1999.11949450

  • Austin, D., Perry, D., Harnishfeger, M., & McCormick, B. (1998). Graduate Student Perceptions of a Televised Master's Degree Program. SCHOLE a Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 13(1), pp. 123-133. doi: 10.1080/1937156x.1998.11949431

  • McCormick, B.P. (1996). N = 1: What can be learned from the single case? Leisure Sciences, 18(4), pp. 365-369. doi: 10.1080/01490409609513294

  • McCormick, B.P. & McGuire, F. (1996). Leisure in community life of older rural residents. Leisure Sciences, 18(1), pp. 77-93. doi: 10.1080/01490409609513273

  • McCormick, B. (1991). Self-Experience as Leisure Constraint: The Case of Alcoholics Anonymous. Journal of Leisure Research, 23(4), pp. 345-362. doi: 10.1080/00222216.1991.11969865