Dr. Anne Barnfield

About Dr. Barnfield

Dr. Anne Barnfield has been appointed Interim Dean of Brescia University College for a one-year term, effective August 1, 2021. 

A dedicated Professor of Psychology, Dr. Barnfield initially joined Brescia’s faculty in 1993 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her previous roles included: working as a course tutor at the University of Sussex; a post-doctoral research assistant at The Institute of Neurology in London, England and later at Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario.

During her tenure at Brescia, Dr. Barnfield moved up the faculty ranks – from Assistant Professor to now full-time, tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology within the School of Behavioural and Social Sciences. In addition to her commitment to her students and her discipline, Dr. Barnfield has also previously served in several diverse roles at Brescia, including: Associate Academic Dean, May 2006 - January 2009; Acting Academic Dean, January 2009 - July 2010; Acting Chair Brescia Council Executive Committee and Brescia Council, 2018 - 2019 and on the Executive of the Brescia Faculty Association between 1999 - 2015. 

Dr. Barnfield’s main research focus is on behavioral and cognitive effects of sport participation, including the effectiveness of Therapeutic Riding for children with developmental difficulties and/or developmental delays and the use of equine-facilitated therapies for anxiety disorders, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Dr. Barnfield is co-author of one textbook, author or co-author of several book chapters and over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. She is the recipient of numerous Brescia University College faculty research grants (1995-2000; 2002-04; 2016-17; 2020-2021) and frequently resides on the Brescia University College Dean’s Honour Roll of Teaching (2000-03; 2004-05; 2010-11; 2014-2016; 2017-19). She holds a BSc from The University of London (Biology/Psychology) and a DPhil from The University of Sussex (Experimental Psychology).