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A’Naja Newsome is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University and earned a doctoral degree from the University of South Florida.

Newsome is an exercise physiologist and has worked in clinical settings to integrate physical activity and exercise in patient care and rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the role that exercise plays in clinical and mental healthcare. Newsome is also interested in the psychosocial aspects of exercise in health promotion such as self-efficacy and motivation. She has more than a decade of leadership experience in collegiate recreation, clinical exercise physiology, and sport performance coaching. Newsome is a highly regarded content expert in exercise psychology, behavior change, and DEI in physical activity research, assessment, and program evaluation.

Newsome aims to continue her work with the ACSM Exercise is Medicine initiative to increase the integration of physical activity assessment and promotion as a standard in clinical healthcare.


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Education, University of South Florida
  • MS, Master of Science, Sport Management, Georgia State University
  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Georgia State University
  • ACSM-CEP, ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
Areas of Specialty
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Research Measurement

Research Grants

Health Sciences

Dose-Response Effect of Exercise on Depression and BDNF in Sedentary Young Adults

  • PI: A’Naja Newsome
  • Amount: $10,000 | Timeframe: 07/01/2023 - 06/01/2024
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: American College of Sports Medicine Foundation (ACSM)
    Health Sciences

    RF: Development and Validation of the Collegiate Recreation Constraints and Negotiations Scale

  • PI: A’Naja Newsome
  • Amount: $9,055 | Timeframe: 10/01/2021 - 12/31/2024
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: NIRSA Foundation
  • Q&A on Mental Health Outcomes

    Written By: Heather Hartmann | March 6, 2023
    In the March/April 2023 issue of Campus Rec, A’Naja Newsome, Ph.D, ACSM-CEP lecturer of Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida, shared advice on mental health outcomes.
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