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Dr Anna Robinson

Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

I joined the University in 2013 and I am the Director of the Masters in Autism programmes (MSc/MEd). I am a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the Counselling Psychology Division. I am a Person-Centred Experiential Therapist and a Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. I received my PhD in Counselling from University of Strathclyde (2014) entitled 'Enhancing Emotion Processing within Emotion-Focused Therapy for People with Asperger's Syndrome' resulting in the development of a group psychotherapy method Emotion-Focused Therapy for Autism Spectrum. This research received the Outstanding Research Award by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2017). 

Prior to joining the University I was the lead of Autism Expertise and Knowledge Exchange for Scottish Autism, as the Head of 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 of the first Autism School in Scotland (New Struan School: A Centre for Autism) 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.  


Emotion-focused therapy for clients with autistic process
Robinson Anna, Elliott Robert
Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies Vol 16, pp. 215-235 , (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)
Developments in emotion focused therapy : group EFT-autism spectrum
Robinson Anna
International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy, (2015)
Emotion focused therapy (EFT-AS) group therapy for people with asperger’s syndrome (AS)
Robinson Anna

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I am the Masters in Autism Director, leading the PT MEd; FT MSc in Autism and the Distance Learning programmes. 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:

X9808: Theory and Practice 1: conceptual frameworks in Autism

X7798: Theory and Practice 2: The Spectrum of Autism

X7799: Theory and Practice 3: Responding to Autism

X3963: Emotional Wellbeing in Autism

X3958: Counselling Skills in Autism

X3960-X3960: Becoming an Autism Trainer 

I aim to enhance student experience by presenting leading autism experts and expert experiential accounts from parents and autistic people. 

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

I supervise PhD in Counselling and would be interested to discuss proposals from prospective 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: 

Professional activities

Society for Psychotherapy Research
International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy
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

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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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