Ashleigh Thornton

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 108 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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Personal profile


Having completed her PhD through the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health (SSEH) at UWA in 2014, Ashleigh's current role is as a Research Associate in SSEH. In addition to managing undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching units, Ashleigh is also involved in the School's Paediatric Exercise Programs, which offer movement & physical education for children aged 5 to 15 years, who have difficulty learning and performing fundamental movement skills, and maintains an active research agenda in the area of paediatric exercise promotion.

Funding overview

2016: Healthway Health Promotion Exploratory Research Grant (AU $75, 000) – “Effectiveness of childcare centre programs and environmental upgrades to increase young children’s physical activity”

2016: Exercise & Sports Science Australia Clinical Exercise Physiology Grant (AU $16,000) - "Evaluating physical activity outcomes of children following a physical literacy intervention utilising parent coaches"

New and Noteworthy

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Teaching overview

SSEH3345: Lifespan Motor Development
SSEH3385: Motor Development and Dysfunction
SSEH 5667: Paediatric Rehabilitation


Ashleigh is the research coordinator on a Healthway funded Project Grant to develop a valid health related rating scale for Movement Based Video Games (MBVG) on the dimensions of energy expenditure, fundamental movement skills and social interaction. The main focus of this work is on the assessment and rating of fundamental movement skills in MBVG. Alongside this project, Ashleigh's research focuses broadly on assessing and promoting movement skills and exercise participation in children, specifically those with movement difficulties.

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 108 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 1 Abstract/Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
2 Citations (Scopus)

Botulinum toxin and surgical intervention in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy: who, when and why do we treat?

Valentine, J., Davidson, S. A., Bear, N., Blair, E., Ward, R., Thornton, A., Stannage, K., Watson, L., Forbes, D. & Elliott, C., 15 Aug 2019, In : Disability and Rehabilitation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Botulinum Toxins
Cerebral Palsy
Medical Audit
Western Australia
Administrative Personnel

Normative data of muscle fiber diameter of vastus lateralis during childhood: a field test

Valentine, J., Dyke, J., Ward, R., Thornton, A., Blair, E., Stannage, K., Elliott, C. & Fabian, V., May 2019, In : MUSCLE & NERVE. 59, 5, p. 590-593 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
Motor Skills Disorders
Self Concept
Muscle Strength
1 Citation (Scopus)
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Projects 2016 2020