Curriculum Vitae

MARIA NEWTON, PhD portrait
  • Interim Associate Chair Department of Exercise & Sport Science
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Kinesiology
  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology



  • Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education and Art History, University of California, Davis
  • Master of Arts, Sport Psychology, California State University, Chico
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sport and Exercise Psychology , Purdue University

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized for outstanding teaching . LDS Institute of Religion, 04/2013
  • Recognized for outstanding teaching. Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, 03/2013
  • Fellow . Association for Applied Sport Psychology , 12/01/2012
  • My doctoral student, Christine Heilman, won dissertation of the year award. Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 10/2012
  • Mentor of the Year Award . College of Health, The University of Utah, 03/2012
  • Distinguished Teaching Award. Sigma Chi Fraternity, University of Utah, 12/14/2009


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.

In the Media

  • Interviewed and quoted in Sally Deneen's article entitled, "They Say to Reach for the Moon. So, Once You Reach it What's Next. Success Magazine. 01/2016.
  • KSL-5, 6pm news broadcast. Interviewed on the 6pm broadcast about an attack on a soccer referree. 05/02/2013.
  • Interviewed by Whitney O'Banion for an article in Salt Lake Magazine. Topic: Motivational and psychological characteristics of ultra racing. 03/2013.
  • Appeared on the Matt Townsend radio show (KSL radio/SiriusXM 143). Discussed youth sport parents. Interview/discussion lasted approximately 40 minutes. 12/2012.
  • Interviewed for a KSL (channel 5) story on parents' influence in youth sport. Bits of the interview were broadcast on an extended piece on the 5oclock and 10oclock news in November. 11/2012.
  • Appeared on Sunday Edition with Richart Piatt, guest hosted Mike Headrick. The topic of the segment was youth sport parents. The segment lasted approximately 25 minutes and aired in November. 11/2012.
  • Interviewed for a SciFri podcast by Rich Finlinson with UEN. Broadcast on KUER. 03/2012.


  • English, fluent.