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Assistant Professor and Research Scientist
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Prior Positions and Experience

Peer Reviewer for Clinical Interventions in Aging

Research IV, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


PhD: 2008, University of Pittsburgh
2007, University of Pittsburgh
2000, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1998, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Dr. Mark Newman’s main research interests are in examining how injury and illness impact physical function. His past research experience has focused on falls prevention and ways to attenuate mobility disability in older adults.  Additionally and on a molecular level, he examined single nucleotide polymorphisms of the mTOR signaling pathway and their relationships to skeletal muscle hypertrophy following resistance exercise training.  Currently, he is focused on developing rehabilitative interventions that use available technology to assess an individual’s functional abilities, allowing for a more accurate characterization of the patient population.  As injury and illness affect each person differently, a goal of his research is to find more effective ways to tailor rehabilitation plans to meet the specific needs of each individual.

Recent Publications

Rejeski WJ, Axtell R, Fielding R, Katula J, King AC, Manini TC, Marsh AP, Pahor M, Rego A, Tudor-Locke C, Newman M, Walkup MP, Miller ME.  Promoting physical activity for elders with compromised function: the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study physical activity intervention.  Clin Interv Aging. 2013:8 1119-31. PMCID: PMC3775623

Santanasto AJ, Glynn NW, Newman MA, Taylor CA, Brooks MM, Goodpaster BH, Newman AB.  Impact of Weight Loss on Physical Function with Changes in Strength, Muscle Mass and Muscle Fat Infiltration in Overweight to Moderately Obese Older Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  J Obes. 2011; 2011:516576. PMCID: PMC2952914

Newman MA, Pettee KK, Storti KL, Richardson CR, Kuller LH, Kriska AM. Monthly Variation in Physical Activity Levels in Post-Menopausal Women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009; 41(2) pp. 322-7. PMCID: PMC3880933

Current/Recent Grant Support

TBI Project STAR
Funding Agency: NCDHHS/DD/MH/SAS
Role: Principal Investigator
Years: 2013-14

Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (BIANC) Resource Center
Funding Agency: BIANC
Role: Principal Investigator
Years: 2013-14

Funding Agency: NCDHHS/Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities/BIANC
Role: Principal Investigator
Years: 2013-14

Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Modified 12 Step Approach
Funding Agency: Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Role: Grant Manager
Years: 2013-14