Ashleigh Thornton


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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ashleigh holds a collaborative academic position in Kids Rehab WA, enabling and promoting activities that accelerate research findings into clinical practice.  Ashleigh completed her PhD in motor learning and development (2014) and is one of a limited number of people in Australia to complete the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate offered by University of Toronto (2018). Ashleigh has high impact in research areas such as rehabilitation, education and communication, with a strong focus on factors that influence motor development, physical activity and participation in children and adolescents, and an emphasis on neurodevelopmental disorders.

Funding overview

2019 NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant Early Moves: A cohort study to identify a very early biomarker of cognitive impairment AI $2,106,760.20

2019 Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Early Moves: Can baby’s early movements predict learning difficulties later in childhood? CI $467,773

2019 Cerebral Palsy Alliance Early Moves: Can baby’s early movements predict learning difficulties later in childhood? CI $250,000

2019 Western Australian Child Research Fund Early Moves: Can baby’s early movements predict learning difficulties later in childhood? CI $242,919

2018 NHMRC Partnership Grant Evidence-informed physical activity policy for early childhood education and care AI $946,759

2018 Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Implementation Grant Accelerate CI $143, 960

2017 Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Project Grant Upper Limb Orthoses RCT’s for children with Cerebral Palsy CI $79,567

2017 Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Seeding Grant Do targeted movement interventions improve pain and quality of life in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy? CI $19, 946

2017 Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Education and Training Grant Training to conduct the Prechtl’s qualitative assessment of general movements CI $10, 000

2017 WA Health Promotion Foundation Healthway Uni-Active: Developing Healthy Kids CI $325,102

2016 Healthway Health Promotion Exploratory Research Grant Effectiveness of childcare centre programs and environmental upgrades to increase young children’s physical activity CI $75,000

2016 Exercise & Sports Science Australia Clinical Exercise Physiology Grant Evaluating physical activity outcomes of children following a physical literacy intervention utilising parent coaches CI $16,000

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Industry keywords

  • Children and Young People
  • Disability
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Clinical Trials

Research expertise keywords

  • Participation
  • Child development
  • Child health/care
  • Knowledge Sharing And Innovation
  • Physical activity and children


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