Faculty: Dr. Anne Barnfield

Associate Professor, Psychology, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences
OffiAnne outsidece:  Ursuline Hall, Room 306
Email: abarnfie@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353, Extension 28246

Academic Background

  • B.Sc., University of London, Great Britain
  • Ph.D., University of Sussex, Great Britain

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Behavioural and Cognitive effects of sport and exercise participation: Applications of psychological theory and research indicating positive behavioural effects of physical activity. Focus on child/youth participation.
  • Effectiveness of Therapeutic Riding (TR) for children with special needs – physical difficulties and cognitive issues (autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, etc.). Investigation of TR for physical, emotional, and cognitive-behavioural effects.
  • Effectiveness and use of Equine Assisted/Facilitated interventions, particularly therapies and psychotherapies for mental health issues. Focus primarily on treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for Military and Emergency Services Personnel.
  • Ethics in Psychology: The need for teaching of ethics in psychology and the impact of legislation (primarily governmental, but also via professional organizations) on ethical practice. Involvement in creation of codes of ethics for, and promotion of certification in, sub-areas of psychology.


  • Psychology Applied to Sport
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Research methods
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Mental Health and Physical Activity
  • Independent Study (research)
  • Thesis supervisor

Representative Presentations / Publications

  • Kail, R.V. & Barnfield, A. M. C. (2019). Children and their development: Fourth Canadian edition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pearson Education Canada.
  • Barnfield, A. M. C. & Goodwin, S. (Submitted, 2018: Psynopsis). Professionalism and animal assisted therapies.
  • Barnfield, A. M. C., Goodwin, S., Boyce, & Allen, J. (Accepted, 2018). Taking hold of the reins: Responding to the ethical need for professionalism in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapies. In: Bisson, R. Roughly, & C. Sinclair (Eds.). Counselling ethics from the margins: The lived experiences of practitioners (Working Title). Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).
  • Barnfield, A. M. C. & Mitchell (2018, June). Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) for military Veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Poster presented at the XVI Congress of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI), Dublin, Ireland. Summary published in Congress Abstract Book
  • Goodwin, S., Davey, D., & Barnfield, A. M. C. (2017). Equine therapies for disability. Psynopsis, 39(3), 16-18.
  • Barnfield, A. M. C. (2017). Did I do good?: The teaching and learning of ethics. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 10, 197-202.
  • Carey, A. D., Murray, S. J., &Barnfield, A. M. C. (2013). The effects of therapeutic riding (TR) on children. Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding, 2012/13, 10-35.
  • Carey, A., Murray, S., &Barnfield, A. (2012). The effects of therapeutic riding (TR) on children. Presentation at Horses in Education and Therapy (HETI) XIV Congress of Therapeutic Horse Riding. Summary published in Congress Abstract Book, 218–220.
  • Carey, A.D., Timney, B. &Barnfield, A.M.C. (2010). The oblique effect in horses. Poster presented at Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) meeting, 2010.
  • Barnfield, A.M.C. (2008). Cultivating a culture of research ethics: The relative influences of teaching and policy. Poster presented at International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) meeting, 2008. Published in IFCU meeting abstracts.
  • Barnfield, A.M.C. (2004) Traditional martial arts with a non-traditional population: Experiences teaching the Deaf. Journal of Asian Martial Arts, 13 (4), 16–27.
  • Barnfield, A.M.C. (2003) Observational learning in the martial arts studio: Instructors as examples of positive behaviour. Journal of Asian Martial Arts, 12 (3), 8–17.
  • Barnfield, A.M.C. (1999) Development of sex differences in spatial memory. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 89,339–350.
  • Gibson, E.L., Barnfield, A.M.C. and Curzon, G. (1996) Dissociation of effects of chronic diazepam treatment and withdrawal on hippocampal dialysate 5-HT and mCPP-induced anxiety in rats. Behavioural Pharmacology, 7, 185–193.

Professional Organization Memberships

  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS/SCSCCC)
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA). Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) committee member – education representative.
  • CanTRA representative to Certification Board for Equine Professionals (CBEIP); confers status as Member of Board of Directors for CBEIP.
  • Horses in Education and Therapy (HETI) general member; HETI Ethics Task Force member.
  • Section on Human Animal Interaction: Research & Practice -Section 13 of Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)

Community Links

  • Karate is an activity in which I have been involved for some time, and in which I am constantly being reminded of the applications of psychological principles. Currently I am Renshi (a fifth Dan – fifth degree black belt – recognized as instructor) in Legacy Shorin-Ryu and an assistant instructor for the UWO karate club.
  • One or two Sundays a month I act as a volunteer ASL signer as a member of the London Diocese Sign Mass Team. I am an active member of my local parish, St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica.
  • Volunteer at SARI Therapeutic Riding – as a leader (leading horse/pony) and sidewalker (assisting rider) for TR sessions.Anne and SARI pony Bailey
  • I have a horse of my own, Lilliput (“Lilli”), and ride several times a week. Lilli and I have been competing in local “schooling shows”, primarily in dressage.
  • I live in London with my husband Dr. Richard VandeWetering and our pet cat – both of whom provide me with anecdotes to illustrate and enliven my lectures.