Robert Newton, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor


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B.A., Hampton University, Hampton VA, 1993, Psychology
Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2002, Clinical Psychology


Dr. Newton's main research interests involve addressing health disparities in African American adults and children. Much of his work focuses on physical activity promotion. Dr. Newton has led studies determining the effects of a culturally tailored physical activity promotion program in African American adults, an exercise training trial for African American men who are at risk for developing diabetes, a school-based weight management program for African American children, and a peer-led, church-based weight loss program incorporating technology. Many of his studies have involved collaborations with community entities such as the YMCA, local churches, low-SES neighborhoods, and community centers. In addition, Dr. Newton's work incorporates the use of technology in the form of mobile phones and wearable activity monitors. Currently Dr. Newton is leading a study assessing the effect of a physical activity program on cognitive function in older African American adults and a physical activity promotion program for children delivered via smartphone. Dr. Newton is also involved in a primary care weight management program and several childhood physical activity and/or weight management studies.


Broyles, S. B., Marker, A. M., Myers, C., Drazba, K., Church, T. S., Newton, R. L., Jr. (2016) The Influence of Neighborhood Crime on Increases in Physical Activity during a Pilot Physical Activity Intervention in Children. Journal of Urban Health, 93, 271-8.

Staiano, A. E., Marker, A. M., Beyl, R. A., Hsia, D. S., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Newton, R. L. A randomized controlled trial of dance exergaming for exercise training in overweight and obese adolescent girls. Pediatric Obesity, Feb 26. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12117

Staiano, A.E., Harrington, D.M., Johannsen, N.M., Newton, R.L., Sarzynski, M.A., Swift, D.L., Katzmarzyk, P.T. (2015). Uncovering physiological mechanisms for health disparities in type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity & Disease, 25, 31-7.

Newton, R. L., Jr., Johnson, W. D., Hendrick, C., Harris, M., Andrews, E. III., Johannsen N., Rodarte, R. Q. Hsia, D. S., Church, T. S. (2015). A randomized controlled exercise training trial on insulin sensitivity in African American men: The ARTIIS study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 43, 75-82. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2015.05.004

Newton, R. L., Jr., Griffith, D. M., Kearney, W. B., Bennett, G. G. (2014) A systematic review of weight loss, physical activity, and dietary interventions involving African American men. Obesity Reviews, 15 Suppl4, 93-106. ^ top