Laura Kabiri is the newest faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at Rice University. Dr. Kabiri earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston before attending Texas Woman’s University to earn her Master of Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. She is a licensed physical therapist in the State of Texas as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Although Dr. Kabiri is new to Rice, she is not new to higher education. While completing her PhD in physical therapy with an emphasis on health and wellness, she taught full-time in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Houston Community College in the Texas Medical Center. She has also served as adjunct faculty for the University of Saint Augustine.
Her research focuses on pediatric health and wellness. She has a particular interest in body composition, muscular fitness, and motor skill development as well as the tools used to measure these constructs including the FitnessGram®, bioelectrical impedance analysis, and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. Dr. Kabiri has also conducted two separate studies examining differences in health and wellness between homeschool and public school children and adolescents. She has presented her research at local, state, and national levels as well as achieved external grant funding and publications in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Teaching responsibilities in the Sports Medicine program at Rice include Medical Terminology, Human Physiology, and Human Anatomy. In her spare time, Dr. Kabiri enjoys trying new restaurants and spending time with her husband, twin boys, and their crazy Vizsla Hannah.