Prof Anna Barnett BA PhD CPsychol AFBPsS

Research Lead - Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health

Research Interests

My general area of interest is perceptual-motor development. Within this area I pursue two different strands of research. The first has very practical applications, involving the development of suitable tools to assess motor skill. This has involved re-standardisation of a test of general motor competence (the Movement ABC-2) for children aged 3 to 16 years, with the collection of new UK norms. I have also developed a test of handwriting speed (the DASH) for children aged 9-16 years, with an extension for students aged 17-25 years (DASH17+). The second strand of my research focuses on various aspects of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - including diagnosis and assessment in children and adults with this condition. In my work I also employ an experimental approach to gain a better understanding of the perceptual-motor deficits in DCD.

I also have a special interest in the teaching and learning of handwriting skill, as an important component of the broader skill of writing. My 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.

Perception and Motion Analysis (PuMA) Lab web page

Research Grants

Navigational abilities of typically developing individuals and individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. L. Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). Awarded 2012.

Sleep disturbance in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Barnett, A.L & Wiggs, L. Funder: The Waterloo Foundation. Awarded 2012.

Extension of the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH) for 17-25 year olds. Barnett, A.L. Funder: Pearson Assessment. Awarded 2008.

Re-standardization of the Movement ABC. Barnett, A.L. Funder: Harcourt Assessment. Awarded: 2005.

Assessing impaired motor coordination in teenagers: An extension of the Movement ABC and development of a new handwriting assessment. Henderson, S.E. & Barnett, A.L. Funder: Action Medical Research. Awarded: 2003.


Research students

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students who would like to work within one of my areas of interest, especially handwriting, motor development, motor assessment or Developmental Coordination Disorder.

Current students:

Sarah Howcutt. Development of effective strategies for recruitment of young adults into public health research studies using digital-media. 2nd Supervisor.

Lynsey O'Rourke. Children challenged by writing. An investigation into the writing processes of children and young adults with dyslexia. 2nd Supervisor.

Annabel Molyneaux. Psycholinguistic influences on handwriting speed. Director of Studies.

Past students:

Judith Gentle (2014) Walking patterns of individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. 2nd Supervisor.

Mellissa Prunty (2012) Handwriting in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Director of Studies.

Emma Sumner (2011) Writing skills in children with Dyslexia. 2nd Supervisor.

Selin Ilicak. Social and emotional skills in children with chronic illness. 2nd Supervisor.

Lorna Goodwin. Physical education in children with motor difficulties. 2nd Supervisor.


Teaching

I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. In 2015 I was recognised as 'Best Academic Advisor' in the Oxford Brookes University Student Led Teaching Awards.

Selected Publications

Books:

Barnett, A., Henderson, S.E., Scheib, B. & Schultz, J. (2010). The Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting 17+ (DASH 17+). London: Pearson Assessment.

Barnett, A., Henderson, S.E., Scheib, B. & Schulz, J. (2007). Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH). London: Harcourt Assessment. 9780749 136437.

Henderson, S.E., Sugden, D.A. & Barnett, A.L. (2007). Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2. Second Edition (Movement ABC-2). Examiner's manual. London: Harcourt Assessment. 978 0 749136 08 6l

Barnett, A., Stainthorp, R., Henderson, S. & Scheib, B. (2006). Handwriting policy and practice in English primary schools. An exploratory study. London: Institute of Education. ISBN: 0 85473 728 6

Barnett, A.L. & Henderson, S.E. (1998) An Annotated Bibliography of Published Studies Employing the TOMI/Movement ABC: 1984-1996. London: Psychological Corporation. pp 100. ISBN 0 7491 01857.

Book Chapters:

Sumner, E., Connelly, V. & Barnett, A.L. (in press). Dyslexia and expressive writing in English. In B. Arfe, J.E. Dockrell & V. W. Berninger (Eds). Writing development and instruction in children with hearing, speech, and oral language difficulties. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Connelly, V., Dockrell, J. & Barnett, A.L. (2011). Children challenged by writing due to language and motor difficulties. Accepted. In V. Berninger (Ed.) Past, Present, and Future Contributions of Cognitive Writing Research to Cognitive Psychology Psychology Press of Routledge/ Taylor Francis.

Barnett, A. & Henderson, S.E. (2005). Assessment of handwriting in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. In: D. A. Sugden & M.E. Chambers (Eds.) Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: Whurr publishers., Chapter 9, 168-188.

Barnett, A. & Peters, J. (2004). Motor proficiency assessment batteries. In: D. Dewey & D. Tupper (Eds.). Developmental motor disorders: A neuropsychological perspecitve. New York: Guilford.

Henderson, S.E. & Barnett, A. (1998) Developmental Movement Problems. In J. Rispens, T. van Yperen & W. Yule (Eds) The classification of specific developmental disorders. pp 191-213. Amsterdam: Kluver. ISBN 07923 48710.

Barnett, A. & Henderson, S.E.(1994) Button fastening as a prototype of bimanual coordination: Some observations of clumsy children. In J.H.A. van Rossum & J.L. Laszlo (Eds) Motor Development: Aspects of normal and delayed development, pp 99-115. Amsterdam: VU Press.

Knight, E., Henderson, S.E., Losse, A., Jongmans, M. (1992) Clumsy at six, still clumsy at sixteen: The educational implications of long term clumsiness in children. In T. Williams, L. Almond & A. Sparks (Eds) Sport and Physical Activity: Moving towards excellence, pp 249 -259 London: E. Spon.

Edited works

Connelly, V., Barnett, A.L., Dockrell, J. & Tolmie, A. (Eds.) (2009). Teaching and Learning Writing. British Journal of Educational Psychology Monograph Series II, 6. ISSN: 1476-9808.

Connelly, V. & Barnett, A.L. (2009). Introduction. Teaching and Learning Writing. British Journal of Educational Psychology Monograph Series II, 6, 1-4.

Zoia, S., Barnett, A., Wilson, P. & Hill, E. (2006) Developmental Coordination Disorder: Current Issues Child: care, health and development, 32(6), 613-618.

Barnett, A., Kooistra, L., Henderson, S.E. (Eds) (1998) Clumsiness as Syndrome and Symptom. A Special Issue of Human Movement Science. Amsterdam. Elsevier.

Journal articles:

Prunty, M., Barnett, A. L., Wilmut, K. & Plumb, M. (2016) Visual perceptual and handwriting skills in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49(49):54

Wiggs, L., Sparrowhawk, K. & Barnett, A.L. (2016). Parent Report and Actigraphically Defined Sleep in Children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder; Links with Fatigue and Sleepiness, Frontiers in Pediatrics 4(3) DOI: 10.3389/fped.2016.00081.

Du, W., Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2015) Level walking in adults with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder: an analysis of movement variability. Human Movement Science, 43 9-14.

Wilmut, K., Du, W., & Barnett, A.L. (2015) How do I fit through that gap? Navigation through apertures in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0124695. doi: 10.1371/journal/pone.0124695

Alstad, Z.., Sanders, E., Abbott, R., Barnett, A., Hendersen, S., Connelly, V., & Berninger, V. (2015). Modes of alphabet letter production during middle childhood and adolescence: Interrelationships with each other and other writing skills. Journal of Writing

Sumner, E., Connelly, V. & Barnett, A. (2014). The Influence of Spelling Ability on Handwriting Production: Children with and without Dyslexia. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition. Feb 17 , 2014, Online First doi:10.1037/a0035785

Prunty, M., Barnett, A.L., Wilmut, K. & Plumb, M. (2014) An examination of writing pauses in the handwriting of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(11), 2894-2905

Barnett, A.L., Hill, E.L., Kirby, A. & Sugden, D.A. (2014). Adaptation and Extension of the European Recommendations (EACD) on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) for the UK context. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics.

Barnett, A.L. (2014). Is there a "Movement Thermometer" for Developmental Coordination Disorder? Current Developmental Disorders Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s40474-014-0011-9

Sumner, E., Connelly, V. & Barnett (2014). The Influence of Spelling Ability on Handwriting Production: Children with and without Dyslexia, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2014) Tailoring reach-to-grasp to intended action: the role of motor practice. Experimental Brain Research, 232, 159-168

Wilmut, K., Byrne, M., & Barnett, A. L. (2013). Reaching to throw compared to reaching to place: A comparison across individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 174-182.

Prunty, M., Barnett, A., Wilmut, K., & Plumb, M. (2013) Handwriting Speed in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: Are They Really Slower? Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9), 2927-2936

Wilmut, K., Byrne, M. & Barnett, A. L. (2013) To throw or to place: does onward intention affect how a child reaches for an object? Experimental Brain Research, 226(3), 421-429

Sumner, E., Connelly, V. & Barnett, A.L. (2012). Children with dyslexia are slow writers because they pause more often and not because they are slow at handwriting execution. Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Barnett, A. Dawes, H. & Wilmut, K. (2012) Constraints and facilitators to participation in physical activity in teenagers with Developmental Coordination Disorder: an exploratory interview study. Child: Care, Health and Development. 39(3), 393-403.

Barnett, A.L. & Wiggs, L. (2011). Sleep behaviour in children with developmental co-ordination disorder. Child: care, health and development. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01260.x

Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2011) Locomotor behaviour of children while navigating through apertures. Experimental Brain Research, 210, 185-194

Barnett, A.L., Henderson, S.E., Scheib, B. & Schulz, J. (2011) Handwriting difficulties and their assessment in young adults with DCD: Extension of the DASH for 17-25 year olds. Journal of Adult Development, 18 (3), 114-121, DOI: 10.1007/s10804-011-9121-3

Schulz, J.. Henderson, S.E. , Sugden, D.A. & Barnett, A.L (2011). Structural validity of the Movement ABC-2 Test: Factor structure comparisons across three age groups. Research in Developmental Disorders.

Hill, E.& Barnett, A.L. (2011). Developmental Coordination Disorder: the condition and its impact. The Psychologist. 24 (1), 34-37.

Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2011) Locomotor behaviour of children while navigating through apertures. Experimental Brain Research, 210, 185-194

Barnett, A.L. (2010) Motor impairment in extremely preterm or low birthweight children. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2010) Locomotor judgements while navigating through apertures. Human Movement Science, 29, 289-298.

Barnett, A.L. , Henderson, S.E., Scheib, B. & Schulz, J. (2009) Development and standardisation of a new handwriting speed test: the DASH. British Journal of Educational Psychology Monograph Series II, 6, 137-157.

Barnett, A. L. (2008) Motor assessment in DCD: from identification to intervention. International Journal of Development, Disability and Education, 55 (2), 113 – 129.

Chow, S.M.K., Hsu, Y., Henderson, S.E., Barnett, A.L. & Lo, S.K. (2006). The Movement Assessment Battery for Children: A within-culture and cross-cultural comparison of preschool children from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the USA. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 23, 31-48.

Barnett, A. L. (2008). Motor assessment in DCD: from identification to intervention. International Journal of Development, Disability and Education, 55 (2), 113-129.

Ricci. D., Mercuri, E., Barnett, A.L., Rathbone, R., Haataja, L., Rutherford, M.A., Dubowitz, L.M.S. & Cowan, F. .(2008) Cognitive outcome at early school age in term-born children with perinatally acquired middle cerebral artery territory infarction. Stroke, 39 (2), 403-410.

Chow, S.M.K., Hsu, Y., Henderson, S.E., Barnett, A.L. & Lo, S.K. (2006). The Movement Assessment Battery for Children: A within-culture and cross-cultural comparison of preschool children from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the USA. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 23 (1), 31-48.

Zoia, S., Barnett, A., Wilson, P. & Hill, E. Undergraduate:(2006) Developmental Coordination Disorder: Current Issues. Child: care, health and developmet, 32(6), 613-618.

Mercuri, E., Anker, S., Guzzetta, A., Barnett, A., Haataja, L., Rutherford, M., Cowan, F., Dubowitz, L., Braddick, O., Atkinson, J. (2004) Visual functional at school age in children with neonatal encephalopathy and low Apgar scores. Archives of Disease in Child and Fetal Neonatal Ed., 89(3), 258-262.

Mercuri, E., Barnett, A., Rutherford, M., Guzzetta, A., Haataja, L., Cioni, G., Cowan, F. & Dubowitz, L. (2004). Neonatal cerebral infarction and neuromotor outocme at school age. Pediatrics, 113 (1), 95-100.

Barnett, A.L., Guzzetta, A., Mercuri, E., Henderson, S.E., Haataja, L.L., Cowan, F.M. & Dubowitz, L. (2004) Can the Griffiths Scales predict neuro-motor and perceptual-motor impairment in term infants with Neonatal Encephalopathy? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 89(7), 637-643.

Mercuri, E. & Barnett, A.L. (2003). Neonatal brain MRI and motor outcome at school age in children with neonatal encephalopathy: a review of personal experience. Neural Plasticity, 10 (1-2), 51-57. Review.

Mercuri, E., Anker, S., Guzzetta, A., Barnett, A., Haataja, L., Rutherford, M., Cowan, F., Dubowitz, L., Braddick, O., Atkinson, J. (2003) Neonatal cerebral infarction and visual function at school age Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. , 88(5), F487- F491.

Green, D. Baird, G., Barnett, A.L., Huber, J., Henderson, S.E , Henderson, L. (2002) The severity and nature of motor impairment in Asperger’s Syndrome: a comparison with Specific Developmental Disorder of Motor Function Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 43(5), 655-668.

Mercuri, E., Rutherford, M., Barnett, A., Foglia, C., Haataja, L., Counsell, S., Cowan, F., Dubowitz, L. (2002) MRI lesions in infants with neonatal encephalopathy. Is the Apgar score predictive? Neuropaediatrics, 33, 150-156.

Barnett, A., Mercuri, E., Rutherford, M. Haataja, L., Frisone, M.F., Henderson, S., Cowan, F. & Dubowitz, L. (2002). Neurological and perceptual-motor outcome at 5-6 years of age in children with neonatal encephalopathy: relationship with neonatal brain MRI. Neuropaediatrics, 33, 242-248.

Chow, S., Barnett, A.L., Henderson, S.E. (2001). The Movement Assessment Battery for Children: A comparison of 4-year-old to 6-year-old children from Hong Kong and the United States. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55 (1), 55-61.

Peters, J., Barnett, A.L., Henderson, S.E. (2001) Clumsiness, dyspraxia and developmental coordination disorder: How do health and educational professionals in the UK define the terms? Child: care, health and development, 27(5), 399-412.


Publications from RADAR

  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A (2017) When an object appears unexpectedly: anticipatory movement and object circumvention in individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 235 (5). [summary page]
  • Du, W, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K (2016) The role of movement variability and action experience in the perceptual judgement of passability. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 4 (2). pp. 307-323. [summary page]
  • Gentle, J, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K (2016) Adaptations to walking on an uneven terrain for individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49 pp. 346-353. [summary page]
  • Prunty, M, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K, Plumb, M (2016) The Impact of Handwriting Difficulties on Compositional Quality in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (10). pp. 591-597. [summary page]
  • Prunty, M, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K, Plumb, M (2016) Visual perceptual and handwriting skills in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49 pp. 54-65. [summary page]
  • Wiggs, L, Sparrowhawk, M, Barnett, A (2016) Parent Report and Actigraphically Defined Sleep in Children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder; Links with Fatigue and Sleepiness. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 4 (81). [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, V, Barnett, A (2016) When an object appears unexpectedly: object circumvention in adults. Journal of Motor Behavior [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, W, Barnett, A (2016) Gait patterns in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 234 (6). pp. 1747-1755. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, W, Barnett, A (2016) Navigating through apertures: perceptual judgements and actions of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Science [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Gentle, J, Barnett, A (2016) Gait symmetry in individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60 pp. 107-114. [summary page]
  • Alstad, Z, Sanders, E, Abbott, R, Barnett, A, Henderson, S, Connelly, V, Berninger, V (2015) Modes of alphabet letter production during middle childhood and adolescence: Interrelationships with each other and other writing skills. Journal of Writing Research , 6 (3). pp. 199-231. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A, Hill, E, Kirby, A, Sugden, D (2015) Adaptation and extension of the European recommendations (EACD) on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) for the UK context. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 35 (2). pp. 103-115. [summary page]
  • Green, D, Arscott, C, Barnett, A, Henderson, L, Henderson, S, Huber, J, May, A, Baird, G (2015) Impairment of movement and social difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger Syndrome) and Developmental Coordination Disorder -how are they perceived by the children and their teachers?. Moving, Developing and Learning. A Festschrift in celebration of the career of Sheila E. Henderson [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, W, Barnett, A (2015) How do I fit through that gap? Navigation through apertures in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. PLoS ONE, 10 (4). pp. 1-15. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A (2014) Is There a “Movement Thermometer” for Developmental Coordination Disorder?. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 1 (2). pp. 132-139. [summary page]
  • Prunty, M, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K, Plumb, M (2014) An examination of writing pauses in the handwriting of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities , 35 (11). pp. 2894-2905. [summary page]
  • Sumner, E, Connelly, V, Barnett, A (2014) The Influence of Spelling Ability on Handwriting Production: Children with and without Dyslexia. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40 (5). pp. 1441-1447. [summary page]
  • Sumner, E, Connelly, V, Barnett, A (2014) The Influence of Spelling Ability on Vocabulary Choices when Writing for Children with Dyslexia. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49 (3). pp. 293-304. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A (2014) Tailoring reach-to-grasp to intended action: the role of motor practice. Experimental Brain Research, 232 (1). pp. 159-168. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Byrne, M, Barnett, A (2013) Reaching to throw compared to reaching to place: a comparison across individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 (1). pp. 174-182. [summary page]
  • Siaperas, P, Ring, H, McAllister, C, Henderson, S, Barnett, A, Watson, P, Holland, A (2012) Atypical Movement Performance and Sensory Integration in Asperger's Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42 (5). pp. 718-725. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A (2011) Benefits of exercise on cognitive performance in schoolchildren. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 7 (53). pp. 580-580. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A (2011) Motor impairment in extremely preterm or low birthweight children. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 53 (1). pp. 9-10. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A, Henderson, S, Scheib, B, Schulz, J (2011) Handwriting Difficulties and Their Assessment in Young Adults with DCD: Extension of the DASH for 17-to 25-Year-Olds. Journal of Adult Development, 18 (3). pp. 114-121. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A, Wiggs, L (2011) Sleep behaviour in children with developmental co-ordination disorder. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38 (3). pp. 403-411. [summary page]
  • Hill, E, Barnett, A (2011) Movement difficulties in children. Psychologist, 24 (1). pp. 34-37. [summary page]
  • Schulz, J, Henderson, S E, Sugden, D A, Barnett, A L (2011) Structural validity of the movement ABC-2 test: factor structure comparisons across three age groups . Research in developmental disabilities, 32 (4). pp. 1361-1369. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A (2011) Locomotor behaviour of children while navigating through apertures. Experimental Brain Research, 210 (2). pp. 185-194. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A L, Henderson, S E, Scheib, B, Schulz, J (2010) Detailed assessment of speed of handwriting (DASH 17+) . [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A L (2010) Locomotor adjustments when navigating through apertures. Human movement science, 29 (2). pp. 289-298. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A L, Henderson, S E, Scheib, b, Schulz, J (2009) Development and standardization of a new handwriting speed test: The Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH) . BJEP Monograph Series II, Number 6 - Teaching and Learning Writing, 1 (1). pp. 137-157. [summary page]
  • Connelly, V, Barnett, A L (2009) Introduction: Teaching and learning writing . BJEP Monograph Series II, Number 6 - Teaching and Learning Writing, 1 (1). pp. 1-4. [summary page]
  • Connelly, V, Barnett, A L, Dockrell, J, Tolmie, A (2009) Teaching and learning writing. , 1 pp. 1-184. [summary page]
  • Connelly, V, Barnett, A, Dockrell, J (2009) Teaching and learning writing. [summary page]
  • Barnett, A L (2008) Motor assessment in developmental coordination disorder (DCD): from identification to intervention. International journal of disability, development andeducation , 55 (2). pp. 113-129. [summary page]
  • Howcutt, S, Barnett, AL, Barbosa Boucas, S, Smith, L (0) Patterns of response by sociodemographic characteristics and recruitment methods for women in UK population surveys and cohort studies. Women and Health [summary page]
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