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Maria Newton, PhD

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After spending my youth moving all over the United States I received undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Davis in Art History and Kinesiology. Even though I loved art history I certainly did not have the wardrobe to be a museum curator so I ventured on to graduate school in sport psychology. I received my Masters degree at the California State University, Chico and went on to earn my PhD from Purdue University. I arrived at the University of Utah in 2000 after being on faculty at the University of New Orleans for seven years. Even though I love Utah I have a soft spot for New Orleans and return every year to support the people and culture of Louisiana. I enjoy teaching sport and exercise psychology, sociology of sport, motivation as well as mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. I am an avid reader, swimmer, hiker, golfer and tennis player.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Newland A (10/10/2019). Transformational leadership and positive youth development in basketball. . 6, 30-41.
  2. Hall M (10/10/2019). The basic psychological need support in physical therapy questionnaire. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Physiother Theory Pract, 1-10.
  3. Greviskes L (10/10/2019). Caring interactions in secondary prevention programs: A qualitative inquiry of individuals with parkinson’s disease. J Geriatr Phys Ther, 42(3), 167-175.
  4. England A (01/01/2019). The cognitive structure of the basketball free throw in adolescent physical education students. .
  5. Hammer C (11/02/2018). Cognitive processing following acquired disability for para sport athletes: a serial mediation model. Disabil Rehabil.
  6. Hammer C (11/02/2018). From core belief challenge to posttraumatic growth in para sport athletes: Moderated mediation by needs satisfaction and deliberate rumination. Disabil Rehabil.
  7. Greviskes LE (09/01/2018). Caring Rehabilitation Climate, The Tripartite Efficacy Framework, and Adherence to Rehabilitation Programs Among Individuals With Parkinson's Disease: A Multiple Mediation Analysis. J Geriatr Phys Ther.
  8. Brusseau TA (03/01/2018). Fit ‘n’ Cool Kids: The Effects of Peer-Modeling and Goal Setting on 3-5 Grade Children’s Physical Activity and Enjoyment. Open J Prev Med.
  9. Hall M (04/01/2017). Perceptions of the social psychological climate and sport commitment in adolescent athletes: A multilevel analysis. J Appl Sport Psychol, 29, 75-87.
  10. McLaren C (04/01/2017). Peer-initiated Motivational Climate and Group Cohesion in Youth Sport. J Appl Sport Psychol, 29, 88-100.
  11. Newland A (04/01/2017). College students' perceptions of the caring climate in group physical activity classes. 9, 99-106.
  12. Hammer C (04/01/2017). Understanding posttraumatic growth of paratriathletes with acquired disability. . Disabil Rehabil.
  13. McCormick BT (04/01/2016). The effects of frontal-plane and sagittal-plane plyometrics on change-of-direction speed and power in adolescent female basketball players. . Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 11, 102-107.
  14. Gonzalez S (04/01/2016). Validity and Reliability of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) in Competitive Sport: Further Support of the 10-item Connor Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC-10). Psychol Sport Exerc, 23, 31-39.
  15. Goh TL (04/01/2016). Effects of a TAKE 10!® Classroom-Based Physical Activity Intervention on 3rd to 5th Grades Children’s On-task Behavior. 13, 712-718.
  16. Prewitt (09/01/2015).
  17. Prewitt SL (09/01/2015). Effect of the personalized system of instruction on health-related fitness knowledge and class time physical activity. 72, 23-39.
  18. Newland A (01/01/2015).
  19. Prewitt S (01/01/2015).
  20. Goh (10/2014).
  21. McCormick (10/2014).
  22. Stark A (01/2014).
  23. McCormick BT (01/2014).
  24. Prewitt S (11/2013).
  25. Podlog L (10/2013).
  26. Goh (09/2013).
  27. Podlog L (08/2013).
  28. Fu Y (06/15/2013). Influence of a health-related physical fitness model on students physical activity, perceived competence, and enjoyment.
  29. Podlog L (03/2013).
  30. McCormick BT (11/2012).
  31. Newland (11/2012).
  32. McCormick B (06/15/2012).
  33. Huang C (05/30/2012).
  34. Fry M (04/2012).
  35. Gonzalez (09/01/2011).
  36. Gao (05/01/2011).


  1. Fry Mary (10/10/2019). A coach’s guide to maximizing the youth sport experience- work hard, be kind. Routledge.

Book Chapter

  1. Newton (01/2014).
  2. Legg E (12/2012).
  3. Houston M (05/20/2011).


  1. Goh TL (03/2012). [Abstract].
  2. Goh TL (03/2012). [Abstract].
  3. Williams SM (03/2011). [Abstract].