Associate Dean, Medical and Exercise Sciences, Edith Cowan University

Professor Robert Newton, PhD, AEP, CSCS*D, FESSA, FNSCA is Associate Dean, Medical and Exercise Sciences and Research Professor, Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia. Current major research directions include: reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients; cancer related fatigue and the influence of exercise; exercise medicine and tumour biology.

Professor Newton has published over 340 refereed scientific journal articles, two books, 16 book chapters and has a current Scopus h-Index of 68 with his work being cited 15,500 times. As of 2018 his research had attracted over $35Million in competitive research funding.


  • 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


  • 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)


Cancer Council Western Australia Research Career Achievement Award 2018.