Anne Barnfield

Dr. Anne Barnfield

Job Title:

 Associate Professor, Psychology


 Full-Time Faculty



 519.432.8353 x28246


 Ursuline Hall 306

Academic Background

  • B.Sc., Joint degree: Biology with Psychology, University of London, Great Britain
  • D.Phil., Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex, Great Britain  

Previous Work Experience

    The Institute of Neurology, Department of Neurochemistry, London, England - employed as member of a research group funded by the British MRC 
    Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario - ran series of experiments using intra-oral cannula taste-test paradigm 
  • POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW, Jan. 1993 - Aug. 1993 
    Department of Pathology, University of Western Ontario - in-vivo microdialysis studies 
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Jan. 1993 - April 1995 
    Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario - instructor for second-year honours course in Psychobiology 
  • Faculty of Part-Time and Continuing Education, UWO 
    Department of Social Science, Brescia University College, UWO 
    Department of Psychology, King's University College, UWO 
    instructor for first-year courses in Introductory Psychology 
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, July 1995-June 2000 
    Department of Psychology, Division of Social Sciences, Brescia University College 
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, July 2000 onward. Full-time faculty appointment, with tenure. 
    Department of Psychology, School of Behavioural &Social Sciences, Brescia University College 

Representative Publications

  • Barnfield, A. M. C., Goodwin, S., Boyce, & Allen, J. (Accepted - proposed publication date 2020). Taking hold of the reins: Responding to the ethical need for professionalism in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapies. In: S. Bisson, R. Roughly, & C. Sinclair (Eds.). Counselling ethics from the margins: The lived experiences of practitioners (Working Title). Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). 
  • Kail, R.V. & Barnfield, A. M. C. (2022). Children and their development: Fifth Canadian edition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pearson Education Canada.
  • Barnfield A. M. C. (2021). From biopsychology to human behavioural work to HAI research – one academician’s path. In: L. Kogan & P. Erdman (Eds.). Career Paths in Human-Animal Interaction for Social and Behavioral Scientists. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Routledge.
  • Barnfield, A. M. C. (2019). The role of neurotransmitters. In: V. Zeigler-Hill &T. Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer. 
  • Barnfield, A. M. C. (2017). The Hippocampus. In: V. Zeigler-Hill &T. Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer. 
  • 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. 

Representative Conferences 

  • Barnfield, A. M. C. & Mitchell, J. B. (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. 
  • Barnfield, A. M. C. (2016, June). Did I do good?”: The teaching and learning of ethics. Presentation and interactive workshop. Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference 2016. 
  • Carey, A. D., Murray, S. J., & Barnfield, A. M. C. (2012, April). The effects of therapeutic riding (TR) on children. Paper presented at the XIV Congress of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI), Athens, Greece. Published in Congress Abstract Book, 218-220. 
  • Barnfield, A. M. C., Carey, A. D., & Timney, B. (March, 2011). What can the horse see?: The oblique effect in horses. Paper presented at the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) Annual Symposium, Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A.. 
  • Barnfield, A. M. C.(October, 2008) Cultivating a culture of research ethics: The relative influences of teaching and policy. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU/FIUC), Ponce, Puerto Rico. Published in IFCU meeting abstracts. 

Areas of Teaching 

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

Research Specialization(s)

  • Behavioural and Cognitive effects of sport and exercise participation: Application of Psychological theory to research, evaluating positive cognitive, social, and behavioural effects of physical activity.  
  • Effectiveness of Therapeutic Riding (TR) for children with 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.  

Awards and Recognition

  • British Government undergraduate funding grant 
  • MRC (U.K.) postgraduate research grant 
  • King's University College faculty research grant (1994) 
  • Brescia University College faculty research grants (1995-2000; 2002-04; 2016-17) 
  • Nomination for UWO teaching award (2000) 
  • Brescia University College Dean’s Honour Roll of Teaching (2000-03; 2004-05; 2010-11; 2014-2016; 2017-18) 

Other Relevant Information

  • 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. 
  • On 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.