Foundation Professor in Exercise and Sports Science, Edith Cowan University

Professor Robert Newton is the Foundation Professor in Exercise and Sports Science, School of Exercise and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. Prior to appointment at Edith Cowan University, Professor Newton was Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory, at Ball State University in Indiana. He has also worked at the Pennsylvania State University as a visiting research fellow in the Center for Sports Medicine. Current major research directions include: assessment and development of maximal strength and power, muscle architecture and musculotendinous stiffness, reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients; cancer related fatigue and the influence of exercise; management of lymphedema secondary to breast cancer, physical activity and the prevention of falls and frailty in the elderly.

Professor Newton is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction with the NSCA, Fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2004 he was awarded Outstanding Sports Scientist of the Year by the NSCA. He has published over 200 refereed scientific articles, two books, 14 book chapters and has a current h-Index of 51 with his work being cited over 9,821 times. As of 2012 his research had attracted over $12Million in competitive research funding.

Professor Newton has an extensive track record of research and consultancy in the assessment and development of neuromuscular performance in particular maximal strength and power. He has been a consultant to many professional teams and sporting organisations including Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Indianapolis Colts, England Rugby, Manchester United, English and Australian Institutes of Sport. In 2012 Professor Newton was appointed to the Advisory Board of Nike SPARQ.

Experience

  • 2003–present
    Foundation Professor in Exercise and Sports Science, Edith Cowan University
  • 2010–2011
    Head of School, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2003–2009
    Director, The Vario Health Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2006–2008
    Associate Dean, Research and Higher Degrees, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2000–2002
    Associate Professor and Director - Biomechanics Laboratory, Ball State University, Indiana, USA
  • 1986–1999
    Senior Lecturer, School of Exercise Science and Sports Science, Southern Cross University, Australia
  • 1994–1995
    Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Sports Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Education

  • 1998 
    Southern Cross University, Lismore, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1992 
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Master of Human Movement Studies
  • 1986 
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Bachelor of Human Movement Studies with Honours

Research Areas

  • Human Movement And Sports Science (1106)

Honours

Fellow of National Strength and Conditioning Association
Fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia