Robert Newton, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Physical Activity and Ethnic Minority Health
(225) 763-3034
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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 research interests center on health promotion in ethnic minorities. Much of the work focuses on physical activity promotion as it relates to African Americans. Currently, Dr. Newton is leading a study that will assess the effect of a community-based exercise training intervention in African American men. Other current research projects relate to the use of technology to promote physical activity in children and the relationship of physical activity to health outcomes in a large epidemiological study of African American adults.


Newton, R. L., Jr., Han, H., Johnson, W. D., Hickson, D. A., Church, T. S., Taylor, H.A., Tudor-Locke, C., Dubbert, P. M. (2013). Steps/day and metabolic syndrome in African American adults: The Jackson Heart Study. Preventive Medicine, 57: 855-59.

Swift, D. L., Staiano, A. E., Johannsen, N. M., Lavie, C. J., Earnest, C. P., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Blair, S. N., Newton, R. L., Jr., Church, T. S. (2013). Low cardiorespiratory fitness in African Americans: A health disparity risk factor? Sports Medicine, 114: 1375-82.

Newton, R. L., Jr., Han, H., Zderic, T., Hamilton, M. T. (2013). The energy expenditure of sedentary behavior: A whole room calorimeter study. PLoS ONE, 8(5):e63171.

Newton, R. L., Jr., Han, H., Dubbert, P. M., Johnson, W. D., Hickson, D. A., Ainsworth, B., Carithers, T., Taylor, H., Wyatt, S., Tudor-Locke, C. (2012). Pedometer determined physical activity tracks in adults: The Jackson Heart Study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:44.

Newton, R. L., Jr., Bouchard, C., Bray, G., Greenway, F., Johnson, W. D., Ravussin, E., Ryan, D., Katzmarzyk, P. (2011). Abdominal Adiposity Depots are Correlates of Adverse Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Caucasian and African American Adults. Nutrition and Diabetes, 1, e2.

Newton, R. L., Jr., Han, H., Sothern, M., Martin, C. K., Webber, L. S., Williamson, D. A. (2011). Accelerometry measured ethnic differences in activity in rural adolescents. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8, 287-295.

Sisson, S., Broyles, S., Newton, R. Jr., Baker, B., Chernausek, S. (2011). Characteristics of children with a TV in their bedroom: National Survey of Children’s Health 2007. Preventive Medicine, 2,104-108.

Dubbert, P. M., Ainsworth, B. E., Sung, J. H. Robinson, J. C., Wyatt, S. B., Carithers, T., Newton, R, Jr., Rhudy, J. L., Barbour K., Sternfeld, B., Taylor, H. Jr. (2010). Physical Activity and Obesity in African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study. Ethnicity and Disease, 20, 383-389. ^ top