Staff Profiles

Professor Anna L Barnett

BA PhD CPsychol AFBPs

Professor of Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Anna Barnett

Phone number: 01865 483680


Location: Sinclair Building, Gipsy Lane

Main roles:

Co-lead 'Children & Young People' Research, Innovation & Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) Network

REF coordinator for Unit of Assessment 4

Anna is a Professor of Psychology in the Centre for Psychological Research at Oxford Brookes. She teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, primarily in the area of Developmental Psychology. Her general area of research is the development of motor control and coordination in children and young adults and within this she pursues two different strands of research. The first has very practical applications, involving the development of tools to assess motor skill. As described in an Impact Case Study, Anna is co-author of the Movement ABC-2 Test and Checklist to identify and describe motor difficulties in children aged 3-16 years. She has also developed the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH and DASH17+) to assess handwriting speed in 9-25 year olds. These are published by the international test publisher, Pearson Clinical and are sold world wide to health and education professionals. Anna continues to work with colleagues to develop new assessment tools for practitioners, most recently the Handwriting Legibility Scale and Writing Quality Scale. She has also worked with the international test publisher, Hogrefe Ltd. to produce a UK adaptation of The Intelligence and Development Scales - 2nd Edition (IDS-2). The second strand of Anna's research focuses on various aspects of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - including diagnosis and assessment in children and adults with this condition and exploration of the genetic contribution to motor difficulties. Anna also has a special interest in the teaching and learning of handwriting skill, as an important component of the broader skill of writing. Her work in this area includes surveys of policy and practice in primary schools and examinations of handwriting in individuals with developmental disorders such as DCD and dyslexia.