MARIA NEWTON, PhD portrait
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Health-Kinesiology
  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Professional Service

  • The George Washington University. External reviewer. Reviewed the file Dr. Amanda Visek for promotion and tenure. 11/2013 - 11/2013
  • Washington State University. Role: external reviewer. Reviewed the file of Dr. Ann Cox for tenure. 06/2013 - 06/2013
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Abstract Reviewer, 2013 Conference . 03/2013 - 04/2013
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Editorial Board Member: Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. 05/2010 - present
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Editorial Board Member: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 05/2010 - present
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Review of abstracts for the national conference. 03/2010 - present
  • International Journal of Sport Psychology. Guest reviewer. 01/1997 - present
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Guest Reviewer. 01/1996 - present
  • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Guest reviewere. 01/1996 - present
  • Perceptual Motor Skills. Guest Reviewer. 01/1995 - present

Internal Service

  • HKR Department Chair Search Committee-- member. member, 10/2015 - 04/2016. Department service.
  • Associate Chair . Assist Dr. Shaw in leading the Department, 06/2015 - present. Department service.
  • Chair, RPT Committee. Chair, 04/2015 - 11/2015. Department service.
  • Consolidated Hearing Committee. Member, as needed, 10/2014 - present. University service.
  • Member, College Realignment Committee. 10/2014 - 09/2015. College service.
  • Post-tenure review of Dr. Shaw. committee member, 03/2014 - 03/2014. Department service.
  • Worked with Jan Abramson, Andrea Moss, and Shannon Mulder to facilitate the encryption requirement among graduate students and ESSF instructors. 09/2013 - 09/2013. Department service.
  • Director of Graduate Studies. 08/2013 - present. Department service.
  • Directed 'graduate education' working group in the strategic planning process. Coordinated the creation of goals, metrics and action items. 08/2013 - 12/2013. Department service.
  • Worked with Bernie Butters in PEAK to renew graduate studies website. Approximately 50 hours. Directed, 08/2013 - 11/2013. Department service.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship: Proposal Review Committee. reviewed and scored proposals; met and discussed applicants, 03/2013 - 04/2013. University service.
  • University of Utah Research Foundation: Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program. Guest Reviewer. 11/2012 - 12/2012. University service.
  • Streamlining Committee. 08/2012 - 05/2013. Department service.
  • Member, search committee for Chair of the Department. 08/2012 - 12/2012. Department service.
  • University Teaching Grants Committee. 08/2011 - 08/2014. University service.
  • University Hearings Committee. 07/2011 - 04/2012. College service.
  • COH Creative Grant Competition. Reviewer, 07/2011 - 09/2011. College service.
  • Leadership Committee, representing the Psychosocial area. 07/2010 - present. Department service.
  • Psychosocial Faculty Search Committee. Chair, 07/2010 - 07/2011. Department service.
  • Promotion, Retention, and Tenure Committee. Chair, 07/2010 - 07/2011. Department service.
  • Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Committee. member, 10/2007 - present. Department service.

Community Partnership

  • I am assisting the Utah Afterschool Network as they design a measure to assess afterschool programs throughout the state. 10/2015 - present
  • Bonneville Ladies Golf Club: Conducted mental skills workshop. 07/2013 - 07/2013
  • Bonneville Ladies Golf Club: Conducted mental skills workshop. 06/2013 - 06/2013
  • Facilitated a Retreat for the Center of Excellence (CoE). 03/2013 - 03/2013

Outreach

  • Recruitment for graduate program. The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) holds a 'Graduate Student Fair' each year where graduate programs recruit students. I purchase a slot for the 'U' and organize and administer our recruiting efforts. 01/2000 - present

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

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.