B.Sc., Joint degree: Biology with Psychology, University of London, Great Britain
D.Phil., Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex, Great Britain
Previous Work Experience
POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Oct. 1988 - June 1992 The Institute of Neurology, Department of Neurochemistry, London, England - employed
as member of a research group funded by the British MRC
POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Sept. 1992 - Dec. 1992 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
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_458-1
Barnfield, A. M. C. (2017). The Hippocampus. In: V. Zeigler-Hill &T. Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_760-2
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.
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,
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
Ethics in Psychology
Mental Health and Physical Activity
Independent Study (research)
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;
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.