Ashleigh Thornton

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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

    6009 Perth


  • 82 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"

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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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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2012 2019

  • 82 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 15 Article
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
1 Citations (Scopus)
Motor Skills Disorders
Self Concept
Muscle Strength
Pharmaceutical Preparations
1 Citations (Scopus)
Video Games
Interpersonal Relations
Assessment Tools
Social Interaction

Reliability and Validity of the adapted Resistance Training Skills Battery for Children

Furzer, B., Bebich-Philip, M., Wright, K., Reid, S. & Thornton, A., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21, 8, p. 822-827

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Resistance Training
Reproducibility of Results
Muscle Strength
Statistical Factor Analysis
6 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing motor proficiency in young adults: The Bruininks Oseretsky Test-2 short form and McCarron assessment of neuromuscular development

McIntyre, F., Parker, H., Thornton, A., Licari, M. K., Piek, J., Rigoli, D. & Hands, B., Jun 2017, In : Human Movement Science. 53, p. 55-62 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle