Brescia Psychology Profs Publish Canadian Editions


March 20, 2008

Texts reflect the growing interest in the study of psychology in Canada London, ON, March 11, 2008 -The Department of Social Sciences at Brescia University College continues to grow and is now one of the largest departments, second only to the Foods and Nutrition program. Increasing enrolment in psychology – at a rate of about 10 per cent in recent few years – mirrors a national trend in post-secondary institutions.

Recently, two Brescia psychology professors have published textbooks that focus on their Canadian research. Dr. Anne Barnfield published the first Canadian edition of Children and Their Development, while Dr. John Mitchell co-authored the third edition of Psychology: Frontiers and Applications.

Barnfield, whose research focuses on spatial memory, illustrates how research is applied to practice, highlighting Canadian fieldwork. Children and Their Development features access to an interactive component. This multimedia learning experience includes an application that allows students to virtually raise a child from childbirth to adolescence, which will enhance each student’s educational experience.

In reviewing the text, Grace Iarocci of Simon Fraser University applauded the Canadian research and “real life relevant events”.

Now in its third Canadian edition, Mitchell’s co-edited Psychology: Frontiers and Applications focuses on psychology as a “contemporary science without becoming excessively formal or terminological”. The textbook incorporates aspects of neuroscience with particular focus on neuroimaging. Studying neuroscience is one of the fastestevolving areas in psychology. “By some estimates, published studies involving some aspects of neuroimaging have increased by 3,000 per cent over the past decade!” says Mitchell.

It was the inner working of the mind that first drew Mitchell to the discipline. “When I entered university I discovered psychology and it seemed perfectly suited to satisfy my interest in science and the questions that I had about behavior, mind, and human nature”. The escalating enrolment numbers indicate that these interests are shared by Canadian students.


Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. More than 1000 students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition. For more information, please visit