Dr Anna Robinson

Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

I joined the University in 2013. I am the Masters in Autism Course Leader, leading the PT MEd and FT MSc in Autism. I predominantly teach conceptual frameworks around the autism profile, where I strive to make complex cognitive and affective theories accessible to students, and more importantly, show how to translate these into good autism practice.  I am the Module Leader for the Emotional Wellbeing, Counselling Skills in Autism and Becoming an Autism Trainer. My teaching focuses on raising positive outcomes for autistic people, their families and services. I am a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the Counselling Psychology Division. I am a Person-Centred Experiential Therapist and a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. My PhD thesis 'Enhancing Emotion Processing within Emotion-Focused Therapy for People with Asperger's Syndrome' resulted in the development of a group psychotherapy method EFT-AS.  My research interests are focused on wellbeing in autism; understanding empathy and emotional processing in autism, accessibility of counselling and psychotherapy for young people and adults on the autism spectrum, developing process and outcome measures to understand the mechanisms of change and the impact of autism training on parents, teachers and practitioners. 

Prior to joining the University I spent 20 years as a Senior Autism Practitioner leading developments in autism expertise and knowledge exchange for Scottish Autism. I was Head of the Center for Education & Training in Autism and the Autism Advisory & Consultancy Service. I was a member of the Senior Management Team responsible for the design and transition of New Struan School and an author for 'The Autism Toolbox: A Resource for Scottish Schools'.  In 1997 I developed a counselling service for clients with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) working individually, with couples and small groups.  



Has expertise in:

    • Young People and Adults Wellbeing in Autism
    • Person Centred Experiential Therapy/Emotion-Focused Therapy-Autism Spectrum
    • Empathy, Self-Other understanding and Emotional Processing in Autism
    • Gender differences in therapy
    • The Impact of Autism Training (Parents, Teachers and Practitioners)

Prizes and awards

Outstanding Research Award

more prizes and awards


Emotion-focused therapy for clients with autistic process
Robinson Anna, Elliott Robert
Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies, (2017)
Online Lifeline : An Evaluation of Right Click Parent Training Programme
Robinson Anna
Action on Autism Research in Scotland : an advanced international multidisciplinary, multi-agency research seminar series held between November 2013 and November 2014
Dunlop Aline-Wendy, McGregor Evelyn, Marwick Helen, Ravet Jackie, Robinson Anna, Rydzewska Ewelina, Somerville Alan, Stanfield Andrew
An observational measure of empathy for autism spectrum : a preliminary study of the development and reliability of the client emotional processing scale
Robinson Anna, Elliott Robert
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Vol 46, pp. 2240-2250, (2016)
Emotion focused therapy (EFT-AS) group therapy for people with asperger’s syndrome (AS)
Robinson Anna
Policy into Practice : Accreditation Project Report - A Collaborative Autism Education and Training Project
Dunlop Aline-Wendy, Robinson Anna, Tait Charlene

more publications


I am responsible for the core Theory and Practice modules for the MEd and MSc in Autism where I introduce students to a range of conceptual frameworks, the impact of autism and outcomes across the spectrum and to evidence-based practice focused on the efficacy of approaches to intervention. I am also responsible for the core Emotional Wellbeing in Autism module where I introduce emotion theory, emotional processing in autism and empathy.  

I aim to enhance student experience by presenting leading autism experts and expert experiential accounts from parents and autistic people. I developed and lead ‘Becoming an Autism Trainer’ a Masters module, which is aimed at improving standards of autism training. I also developed and lead ‘Counselling Skills in Autism’ a Masters module aimed at introducing students to concepts around pre-therapy and counselling skills. 

I supervise Masters research projects with particular focus on 'voices' research; emotional wellbeing and stress; gender differences; pre-therapy and counselling and the impact of autism training.

I can supervise PhD students in Counselling or PhD students in Autism.

Research interests

My research mainly focuses on enhancing emotional wellbeing for people on the autism spectrum, with specific focus on process and outcome measures of Emotion-Focused Therapy-Autism Spectrum (EFT-AS; Robinson, 2014).  This includes accessibility of psychotherapy to enhance empathy and emotion processes. I am interested in giving voice to clients’ experiences as well as tracking experiential movement across psychotherapy. Of particular interest is empathic relating of self-other, sexual self-identity, gender differences and the mechanisms that facilitate change within group therapy.  

PhD Supervision:

Barge, A. 'Therapeutic Endings and the Client's Internalization Process' (second supervisor)

Jimenez Borja, M. B. ‘Examination of changes that occur in client's emotion narrative schemes and emotion productivity in social anxiety clients during Emotion Focused Therapy EFT, and how these variables relate to therapy outcome’ (second supervisor)

Nicolaou, T. ‘The Personal Presenting Meaning of Physical and Psychological Symptoms: Their Function and Implications for Therapy’ (second supervisor)

Potential PhD Supervision: I can supervise PhD candidates in both Autism and Counselling.  Of particular interest are areas outlined in my profile related to counselling, wellbeing and autism.

Research Study:

If you are an autistic adult and live in Glasgow or Fife I am conducting a research study:

An Exploration of Group Emotion-Focused Therapy on Wellbeing of Autistic Adults

If you are interested in taking part in this research you can contact me for more information on: anna.robinson@strath.ac.uk 

Professional activities

Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Journal)
Peer reviewer
World Association for Person-Centered Experiential & Psychotherapy & Counselling
Invited speaker
Engage with Strathclyde
Invited speaker
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


Investigation into the Efficacy of Yoga on Wellbeing of Autistic Children with Additional Learning Disability
Robinson, Anna (Principal Investigator)
Period 03-Oct-2016 - 31-Jul-2017
A Qualitative Outcome Study for Social Anxiety
Robinson, Anna (Principal Investigator) Elliott, Robert (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2016 - 01-Aug-2017
Online-Line Lifeline: Impact of Right Click on Wellbeing
Robinson, Anna (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2015 - 10-Mar-2016
RU:Teen and emerge: Training 4 Trainers Project
Robinson, Anna (Principal Investigator)
Training 4 Trainer's in RU:Teen (Robinson & Hamilton, 2004) and emerge. Training project for Local Authority professionals in two autism specific parent training programmes. The (RU:Teen) for parents of adolescents and 'emerge' for parents of young children with an Autism Spectrum.
Period 03-Sep-2007 - 07-Sep-2009
Autism Trainers Accreditation System
Robinson, Anna (Co-investigator)
A collaborative Autism Education & Training Project
Period 01-Oct-2007 - 01-Oct-2009
Exploring the Impact of Practitioners Accessing a Post Graduate Autism Module on Raising Autism Outcomes across Scotland
Robinson, Anna (Principal Investigator)
Scottish Government funded Project
Period 28-Sep-2012 - 25-Sep-2015

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