Faculty: Dr. Anne Barnfield

Psychology Coordinator, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Psychology
OffiAnne outsidece: BR 180 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

  • Human Neuropsychology: Spatial memory and spatial representations and their development. I am investigating these using object arrays and maps, both of which are two-dimensional materials. I have also run studies in three-dimensional representation and processing of spatial information using the learning of Karate kata (forms) to investigate processing of movement through space. Some of my research in spatial representation involves participation of Deaf children and adults, persons who communicate using a visual language American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Behavioural and Cognitive effects of sport participation: Application of Psychological theory to research indicating positive behavioural effects of sport participation. Focus on child/youth participation. Effectiveness of Therapeutic Riding (TR) for children with physical difficulties and/or developmental delay incorporates physical aspects as well as cognitive-behavioural.
  • 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.


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Special topics:  Psychology applied to sport
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Personality Theory
  • History of Psychology
  • Independent Study (research)
  • Thesis supervisor

Representative Presentations / Publications

  • Kail, R.V. & Barnfield, A. M. C. (2015). Children and their development: Third Canadian edition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pearson Education Canada.
  • 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)
  • 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. Members of the Western University Karate Club and of other local Legacy Shorin ryu dojos volunteered to be participants in studies using learning of Karate kata as a tool to investigate spatial processing of movement through 3-dimensional space and how change of orientation affects performance.
  • I volunteer at the Robarts School for the Deaf in London, running an after-school karate club. One or two Sundays a month I act as a volunteer ASL interpreter as a member of theAnne and SARI pony Bailey London Diocese Sign Mass Team. I also volunteer at SARI Therapeutic Riding.
  • I am an active member of my local parish (Holy Family).
  • Now that I own my own horse, Lilliput (“Lilli”), I ride several times a week and have been competing in local “schooling shows”. I live in London with my husband Richard VandeWetering and our pet cat – both of whom provide me with anecdotes to illustrate and enliven my lectures.