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Professor Rob Newton

Professor Rob Newton is Associate Dean, Medical and Exercise Sciences and Co-Director of the Exercise Medicine Research Institute, School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University.


Professor Rob 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). He has over 30 years of academic and professional  experience in exercise and sports science and has been at ECU since 2003. Prior to appointment at ECU, Rob 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. Rob also holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Queensland and an Honorary Professorship at the University of Hong Kong. In 2004 he was awarded Outstanding Sports Scientist of the Year by the NSCA. He has published over 290 refereed scientific journal articles, two books, 16 book  chapters and has a current h-Index of 59 with his work being cited over 12,500 times. As of 2016 his research had attracted over $29 Million in competitive research funding.

Rob has been a visiting researcher at the Centre for Sports Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University and was Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Ball State University. He has worked with numerous sporting organisations including New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Indianapolis Colts, Nike, England Rugby, Manchester United, Australian Institute of Sport, Fremantle Dockers FC, West Coast Eagles FC to name a few. He has served on several national and international committees and advisory boards including NHMRC Panels, ARC Excellence in Research for Australia, and Movember Global Prostate Cancer Survivorship Advisory Committee. Rob is an invited reviewer for 43 different scientific journals and is Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He has supervised 29 PhD, 20 Masters and 3 Honours students to completion.

Professional Memberships

  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Association

Research Areas and Interests

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 tumor biology. Rob also continues his research and consultancy in human high performance focusing on the assessment and development of neuromuscular strength, power and speed.

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