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Associate Professor Robert Stanton

BHMSc (Hons), PhD
Assoc Professor/HOC Bachelor of Science (Honours)/Research Cluster Lead CReW/Chair Human Ethics Research Committee
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
Rockhampton North
7 - LG.14
About Me

I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in exercise for people with mental health conditions. My PhD thesis examined the role of exercise in the inpatient mental health settings and was awarded the Exercise and Sports Science Australia 'Best Doctoral Thesis' in 2015. I lecture in clinical exercise science in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science course and have strong industry links with our peak body; Exercise and Sports Science Australia, as Chair of Publications Committee, Professional Development Reviewer, and Expert Reviewer for the Applied Skills and Knowledge in Mental Health program.


I have over 30 years experience in the sport, health, fitness and rehabilitation sectors. I commenced as a research Officer with the Institute for Health and Social Science Research in August 2012 after 10 years in private practice as an Exercise Physiologist. In 2015 I secured a continuing position with Exercise Science in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences. My main research focus centres on exercise and mental health, and physical healthcare of people with mental health conditions.

Universities Studied At

Central Queensland University

University of Canberra

Universities Worked At

Central Queensland University


2015 Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Medal recipient for the most outstanding PhD thesis in the field of exercise and sports science

Media Citations

Lifestyle - Negative comments detrimental to weight loss success rate. Gladstone Observer. Online 8th April, 2016.

News - 'Green exercise' one of best medicines for mental health. . Gladstone Observer. Online 8th April, 2016.

Gym industry placements a great fit for Exercise and Sport Sciences students. CQUni News, 8th April, 2016.

Professional Experience

10 years private practice as an Exercise Physiologist

Professional Memberships

Exercise and Sports Science Australia

Sports Medicine Australia

Australian Strength and Conditioning Association

Society for Mental Health Research


Co-Lead: Research Cluster for Resilience and Wellbeing

Chair: Human Research Ethics Committee

Co-Champion: RHD Supervisor Community of Practice

Member: MindWaves Working Group

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4203 Health services and systems
  • 4207 Sports science and exercise
  • 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Master of Health Science
When care becomes coercion: A grounded theory exploration of ethical issues for nurses in community mental health settings when responding to acute suicidality
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
The impact of an exercise program on social cognition, psychosocial wellbeing, and physical health in people with traumatic brain injury
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Prehospital Splinting for Neck of Femur Fractures
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Resistance training during pregnancy: Exploring the reporting of training characteristics, and understanding behaviours, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs among pregnant women.
Not Specified
Master of Research
What should ‘care at home until I die’ look like for older people in Australia? - An exploration of the services needed to support long-term community living.
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Mental Health
I have a very strong interest in the field of exercise and mental health

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