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

Research Statement

We are a nation of non-movers.  In trying to understand and optimize motivation I am trying to learn how to support people in their efforts to move more, whether it is on the court, in the mountains, or in the fitness facilities.  My slice of the motivational pie focuses on the role of the setting.  Goals and values permeate every setting (e.g., trying hard is valued; being the best if valued) and influence motivation.  I am interested in understanding how the perceived setting influences motivation.  I have spent time with colleagues expanding current understanding about the climate.  We have written extensively about the importance and value of creating a physical activity climate in which people (potential movers) feel valued, respected, and welcomed.  We have termed this climate a caring climate.  Recently funded research has explored the influence of the caring climate in interscholastic sport and dance.  We are excited about conducting intervention work in both sport and exercise

Research Keywords

  • Psychological climate
  • Physical activity
  • Motivation
  • Caring

Presentations

  • Newland, A., Newton, M., Moore, W., Stark, A., & Legg, W.E. (2015). The contributions of coaching efficacy and goal orientations to transformational leadership. Presentation at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Indianapolis, IN. Presentation, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Hall, M., Newland, A., Stark, A., Gonzalez, S., Baucom, B., Newton, M., & Podlog, L. (2015). The relationship between the psychosocial climate and sport commitment in adolescent athletes: A multilevel analysis. Presentation at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Indianapolis, IN. Presentation, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Prewitt, S.L., Hannon, J.C., Colquitt, G., Brusseau, T., Newton, M., & Shaw, J. (2015). Effect of the personalized system of instruction on health-related fitness knowledge and class time physical activity. Poster presented at the Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention, Seattle, WA. Poster, Accepted, 04/15/2015.
  • Prewitt, S.L., Hannon, J.C., Coquitt, G., Brusseau, T.A., Newton, M., & Shaw, J. (2015). Implementation of a personal fitness unit using the personalized system of instruction. Poster presented at the Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention, Seattle, WA. Poster, Accepted, 04/15/2015.
  • Prewitt, S.L., Hannon, J.C., Coquitt, G., Brusseau, T.A., Newton, M., & Shaw, J. (2015). Implementation of a personal fitness unit using the personalized system of instruction. Poster presented at the Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention, Seattle, WA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2015.
  • Hall, M., Stark, A., Newland, A., Legg, E., Gonzalez, S., & Newton, M. (2014). Sport Commitment and Perceptions of the Social Psychological Climate in Adolescent Athletes. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Presentation, Presented, 10/10/2014.
  • Gonzalez, S., & Newton, M. (2014). An Investigation of Physiological Stress, Emotional Responses, and Performance in High and Low Resilient Athletes Using an Experimental Protocol. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Presentation, Presented, 10/10/2014.
  • Newton, M. Let’s Get Movin’: Keys to Optimizing Motivation. Department of Aging Services. Salt Lake County. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/10/2014.
  • Prewitt, S., Hannon, J., Newton, M., Shaw, J.M., Summerhays, J., and Shultz, B. (2014). Effect of Gender Environment on SPA in Middle School Girls. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). St. Louis, MO. Presentation, Presented, 04/20/2014.
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology: ESS 2500. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/10/2014.
  • Heilman, C., Newton, M., Werner, C., Paisley, K., Houston, M., & Hannon, J. (October, 2012). A Mixed Methods Approach Examining Positive Youth Development in Sport. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Presentation, Presented, 10/27/2013.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., & Newton, M. (June, 2013).Measuring Resilient Qualities in Sport: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and Structural Equation Model (SEM) of the 10 item Connor Davidson Resilience Scale. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Newton, M., Newland, A., Shaw, J., & Hall, M. (June, 2013). Post-Exercise Affect and Perceptions of the Psychological Climate. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Prewitt, S., Hannon, J., Newton, M., Shaw, J.M., Summerhays, J., and Shultz, B. (2014). Effect of Gender Environment on SPA in Middle School Girls. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). St. Louis, MO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/2013.
  • ESS 4800: Motivation. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/25/2013.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., & Newton, M. (June, 2013). Measuring Resilient Qualities in Sport: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and Structural Equation Model (SEM) of the 10 item Connor Davidson Resilience Scale. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. Poster, Presented, 06/20/2013.
  • Stark, A., Newton, M., & Podlog, L. (June, 2013). Social psychological climate and psychological well-being during adolescence: Differences between technical and competition dance studios. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. Presentation, Presented, 06/20/2013.
  • Newton, M., Newland, A., Shaw, J., & Hall, M. (June, 2013). Post-Exercise Affect and Perceptions of the Psychological Climate. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. Presentation, Presented, 06/20/2013.
  • Stark, A., Newton, M., & Podlog, L. (June, 2013). Social psychological climate and psychological well-being during adolescence: Differences between technical and competition dance studios. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2013.
  • Black, R.E., White, A., Newton, M., & Podlog, L. (April, 2013). Psychophysiological time course correlates of performance and fatigue in trained cyclists during a 3-day overreaching protocol. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Southwest Region Student Conference, Denver, Colorado. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2013.
  • Black, R.E., White, A., Newton, M., & Podlog, L. (April, 2013). Psychophysiological time course correlates of performance and fatigue in trained cyclists during a 3-day overreaching protocol. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Southwest Region Student Conference, Denver, Colorado. Presentation, Presented, 03/15/2013.
  • Motivation: ESS 4800. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/20/2013.
  • Optimizing Motivation: ESS 7104. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/10/2012.
  • Stark, A., & Newton, M. (October, 2012). A dancer’s well-being: The influence of the social psychological climate during adolescence. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Presentation, Presented, 10/19/2012.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., & Newton, M. (October, 2012). Consequences of psychological resilience in competitive post-collegiate runners. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Poster, Presented, 10/18/2012.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., & Newton, M. (October, 2012). Consequences of psychological resilience in competitive post-collegiate runners. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Heilman, C., Newton, M., Werner, C., Paisley, K., Houston, M., & Hannon, J. (October, 2012). A Mixed Methods Approach Examining Positive Youth Development in Sport. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., & Newton, M. (October, 2012). Consequences of psychological resilience in competitive post-collegiate runners. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Poster, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Sproles, D., Newton, M., & Podlog, L. (October, 2012). Vision Quest: Using Mindfulness to Achieve Flow from Wilderness Experiences. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Poster, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Newland, A., Newton, M., Sproles, D., Jang, C.-Y., Black, R., Hall, M., & Gonzalez, S. (October, 2012). Caring about the Climate in Group Exercise Settings. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Poster, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Sproles, D., Newton, M., & Podlog, L. (October, 2012). Vision Quest: Using Mindfulness to Achieve Flow from Wilderness Experiences. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Poster, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Newland, A., Newton, M., Sproles, D., Jang, C.-Y., Black, R., Hall, M., & Gonzalez, S. (October, 2012). Caring about the Climate in Group Exercise Settings. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Poster, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Motivation in Sport and Exercise: Invited Speaker. Psychology 101. LDS Business College. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/20/2012.
  • Fostering Motivation: ESS 4800. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/10/2012.
  • Goh, T.L., Hannon, J.C., Webster, C.A., Newton, M., & Galli, N.A. (March, 2012). Preservice Classroom Teachers as Agents of Change in Schools. Not presented due to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Convention cancellation at Boston, Massachusetts. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2012.
  • Motivation: Invited speaker. HEDU 4251, Facilitating Health. October, 2011. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/23/2011.
  • Motivation: ESS 4465, Exercise Programming. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/22/2011.
  • Motivation: Invited speaker. ESS 4465, Exercise Programming. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/09/2011.
  • Stark, A., Crawford, A., Newton, M., Heilman, C., and Hall, M. (September, 2011). High school sport: The influence of the social psychological climate on motivation. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/20/2011.
  • Lee, K.C., Kim, W., Shim, Y., Newton, M., Jang, C, and Yun, Y. (September, 2011). Mental toughness, coping skills, and the interpretation of pain in Korean athletes. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/20/2011.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., & Newton, M. (September, 2011). Hardiness in Collegiate Runners: The Influence of the Motivational Climate and 2x2 Achievement Goal Orientations Across Three Levels of Competition. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/20/2011.
  • Coker, A., Newton, M., Houston, M., Reel, J., and Shultz, B. (September, 2011). Disordered eating in female collegiate athletes: The influence of sport type, perceived coach pressure, and the coach-athlete relationship. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/20/2011.
  • Kim, W. and Newton, M. (September, 2011). Is mental toughness predicted by 2X2 achievement goals? Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI. Poster, Presented, 09/20/2011.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., & Newton, M. (September, 2011). Hardiness in Collegiate Runners: The Influence of the Motivational Climate and 2x2 Achievement Goal Orientations Across Three Levels of Competition.. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Honolulu. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2011.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., Metzler, J. N., & Newton, M. (June, 2011). The effects of a simulated inspirational pep talk on emotion in college football players. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Burlington, Vermont. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/20/2011.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., Metzler, J. N., & Newton, M. (June, 2011). The effects of a simulated inspirational pep talk on emotion in college football players. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Burlington, Vermont. Presentation, Presented, 06/2011.
  • Williams, S.M., Hannon, J.C., Gao, Z., Mitchell, S., Newton, M., & Shultz, B.B. (2011 March). PA levels in coed and same-sex PE using tactical games. Paper accepted for presentation at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Conference in San Diego, CA, 2011. Presentation, Presented, 03/2011.

Research Groups

  • Preston Johnson, Graduate Student. 09/2012 - present.
  • Kael Steiner-Bailey, Graduate Student. Exercise and Sport Science / Sport and Exercise Science. 08/2012 - present.
  • Gino Barbagelata, Undergraduate Student. Exercise and Sport Science / Sport and Exercise Psychology. 08/2012 - present.
  • Eric Legg, Graduate Student. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. 08/2012 - present.
  • Preston Tanner, Graduate Student. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. 03/2012 - present.
  • Dan Sproles, Graduate Student. Exercise and Sport Science / Sport and Exercise Psychology. 09/2011 - 04/2013.
  • Sean Davenport, Graduate Student. 09/2011 - present.
  • Aubrey Newland, Graduate Student. 09/2011 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Teaching Assistant.
  • Becky Black, Graduate Student. Exercise and Sport Science / Sport and Exercise Psychology. 09/2011 - present.
  • Morgan Hall, Graduate Student. Exercise and Sport Science. 09/2010 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Teaching Assistant.
  • Stephen Gonzalez, Graduate Student. Exercise and Sport Science / Sport and Exercise Psychology. 09/2009 - 05/2012. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Teaching Assistant CTLE Fellow.
  • Chang-Yong Jang, Graduate Student. Exercise and Sport Science / Sport and Exercise Psychology. 08/2008 - 05/2013.

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Publications

  • Fry, Mary , Gano-Overway, Lori, Guivernau, Marta, Kim, Mi-Sook & Newton, Maria (2019). A coach’s guide to maximizing the youth sport experience- work hard, be kind. Routledge. Published, 10/10/2019.
  • Newland, A. , Newton, M., Moore, W. & Legg, W.E (2019). Transformational leadership and positive youth development in basketball. International Sport Coaching Journal. Vol. 6, 30-41. Published, 10/10/2019.
  • Hall, M., Podlog, L., Newton, M., Galli, N. , Fritz, J., Butner, J., Greviskes, L. & Hammer, C. (2019). The basic psychological need support in physical therapy questionnaire. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 1-10. Published, 10/10/2019.
  • Greviskes, L., Podlog, L., Newton, M., Dibble, L., Pillow, W. & Burns, R. (2019). Caring interactions in secondary prevention programs: A qualitative inquiry of individuals with parkinson’s disease. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Vol. 42(3), 167-175. Published, 10/10/2019.
  • England, A., Brusseau, T., Burns, R., Koester, D., Newton, M. & Thiese, M. (2019). The cognitive structure of the basketball free throw in adolescent physical education students. Journal of Motor Control. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Hammer, C., Podlog, L., Wadey, R., Galli, N., Forber-Pratt, A. & Newton, M. (2018). Cognitive processing following acquired disability for para sport athletes: a serial mediation model. Disability and Rehabilitation. Published, 11/02/2018.
  • Hammer, C., Podlog, L., Wadey, R., Galli, N., Forber-Pratt, A. & Newton, M. (2018). From core belief challenge to posttraumatic growth in para sport athletes: Moderated mediation by needs satisfaction and deliberate rumination. Disability and Rehabilitation. Published, 11/02/2018.
  • Greviskes, L.E., Podlog, L., Burns, R., Jackson, B., Dimmock, J., Newton, M. , Dibble, L. & Pillow, W. (2018). Caring Rehabilitation Climate, The Tripartite Efficacy Framework, and Adherence to Rehabilitation Programs Among Individuals With Parkinson's Disease: A Multiple Mediation Analysis. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Published, 09/01/2018.
  • Brusseau, T.A., , Larson, J., Newton, M., Hannon, J., Wengreen, H.J. & Fairclough, S. (2018). Fit ‘n’ Cool Kids: The Effects of Peer-Modeling and Goal Setting on 3-5 Grade Children’s Physical Activity and Enjoyment. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published, 03/01/2018.
  • McLaren, C., Eyes, M., Newton, M. & Newland, A. (2017). Peer-initiated Motivational Climate and Group Cohesion in Youth Sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Vol. 29, 88-100. Published, 04/01/2017.
  • Hall, M., Newland, A., Newton, M., Podlog, L. & Baucom, B.R. (2017). Perceptions of the social psychological climate and sport commitment in adolescent athletes: A multilevel analysis. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Vol. 29, 75-87. Published, 04/01/2017.
  • Newland, A., Newton, M., Stark, A., Podlog, L. & Hall, M. (2017). College students' perceptions of the caring climate in group physical activity classes. Biomedical Human Kinetics. Vol. 9, 99-106. Published, 04/01/2017.
  • Hammer, C. , Podlog, L., Galli, N. , Wadey, R., Forber-Pratt, A., Newton, M. , Hall, M. & Greviskes, L. (2017). Understanding posttraumatic growth of paratriathletes with acquired disability. Disability and Rehabilitation. Published, 04/01/2017.
  • McCormick, B.T., Hannon, J., Newton, M., Shultz, B., Detling, N. & Young, W.B. (2016). The effects of frontal-plane and sagittal-plane plyometrics on change-of-direction speed and power in adolescent female basketball players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Vol. 11, 102-107. Published, 04/01/2016.
  • Goh, T.L., Hannon, J., Webster, C., Podlog, L. & Newton, M. (2016). Effects of a TAKE 10!® Classroom-Based Physical Activity Intervention on 3rd to 5th Grades Children’s On-task Behavior. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Vol. 13, 712-718. Published, 04/01/2016.
  • Gonzalez, S., Moore, W., Newton, M. & Galli, N. (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). Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Vol. 23, 31-39. Published, 04/01/2016.
  • Prewitt, S.L., Hannon, J., Colquitte, G., Brusseau, T., Newton, M. & Shaw, J. (2015). Effect of the personalized system of instruction on health-related fitness knowledge and class time physical activity. The Physical Educator. Vol. 72, 23-39. Published, 09/01/2015.
  • Newton, M. (2014). Caring. In R.C. Eklund (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Accepted, 01/2014.
  • Prewitt, S., Hannon, J., Brusseau, T., Newton, M., Shaw, J., & Summerhays, J. (2013). Effect of female only versus coed physical education classes on social physique anxiety in 7th grade girls. International Journal of Secondary Education, 1(5), 26-30. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsedu.20130105.13. Published, 11/2013.
  • Goh, T.L., Hannon, J.C., Newton, M., Webster, C., Podlog, L., & Pillow, W. (2013). “I’ll squeeze it in”: Transforming Preservice Classroom Teachers’ Perceptions toward Movement Integration in Schools. Action in Teacher Education, 35, 286-300. doi: 10.1080/01626620.2013.827600. Published, 09/2013.
  • Podlog, L., Gao, Z., Kenow, L., Kleinert, J., Granquist, M., Newton, M., & Hannon, J. (2013). Injury rehabilitation overadherence: Preliminary scale validation and relationships with athletic identity and self-presentation concerns. Journal of Athletic Training, 48(3), 372-381. Published, 08/2013.
  • Fu, Y., Zan Gao, James Hannon, Barry Shultz, Maria Newton & Jim Sipthorp (2013). Influence of a health-related physical fitness model on students physical activity, perceived competence, and enjoyment. Perceptual Motor Skills. Published, 06/15/2013.
  • Podlog, L., Wadey, R., Stark, A., Lockbaum, M., Hannon, J.C., & Newton, M. (2013). An Adolescent Perspective on Injury Recovery and the Return to Sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 437-446. Published, 03/2013.
  • Legg, E. Newton, & Sell, K. (2013). Tennis. In D. Levinson & K. Christensen (Eds.), Berkshire encyclopedia of world sport (Vol. 5) (pp. XX-XX). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing. Accepted, 12/2012.
  • Newland, A., Newton, M., Finch, L. M., Harbke, C. R., & Podlog, L. (2013). Moderating variables in the relationship between mental toughness and performance in basketball. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 2, 184-192. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2012.09.002. Published, 11/2012.
  • McCormick, B.T., Hannon, J.C., Newton, M., Shultz, B., Miller, N., & Young, W. (2012). Comparison of physical activity in small-sided basketball games versus full-sided games. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 7(4), 689-697. Published, 11/2012.
  • McCormick, B.T., Hannon, J.C., Newton, M., Shultz, B., Miller, N., & Young, W. (2012). Comparison of physical activity in small-sided basketball games versus full-sided games. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 7(4), 689-697. Published, 06/15/2012.
  • Huang, C., Gao, Z., Hannon, J.C., Shultz, B., Newton, M., & Jensen, W. (2012). Impact of an after-school physical activity program on youth's physical activity correlates and behavior. SD Journal of Research in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance, 7(1), 18-23. Published, 05/30/2012.
  • Fry, M. D., Guivernau, M., Kim, M., Newton, M., Gano-Overway, L., and Magyar, M. (2012). Youth perceptions of a caring climate, emotional regulation and psychological well-being. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1, 44-57. Published, 04/2012.
  • Goh, T.L., Hannon, J.C., Webster, C.A., Newton, M., & Galli, N.A. (2012). Preservice classroom teachers as agents of change in schools. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83 (Suppl.1), A22. Published, 03/2012.
  • Gonzalez, S. P., Metzler, J. N., & Newton, M. (2011).The influence of a simulated ‘pep talk’ on athlete inspiration, situational motivation, and emotion. International Journal of Sports Sciences and Coaching, 6(3), p. 445-460. Published, 09/01/2011.
  • Houston, M., & Newton, M. (2011). Building Confidence. In. T. Morris and P. Terry (Eds.), The new sport and exercise psychology companion (pp. 257-273). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology. Published, 05/20/2011.
  • Gao, Z., Hannon, J., Newton, M., & Huang, C. (2011). The Effects of Curricular Activity on Students’ Situational Motivation and Physical Activity Levels. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82, 373-381. Published, 05/01/2011.
  • Williams, S.M., Hannon, J.C., Mitchell, S., Newton, M., Shultz, B.B., & Gao, Z. (2011). Physical Activity Levels in Coed and Same-Sex Physical Education Using Tactical Games. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82(Suppl. 1), A-55. Published, 03/2011.