Laura 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.
Her research focuses on health and wellness, particularly in the pediatric population. She has a specific expertise in physical activity, body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, and motor skill development. 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 in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has a passion for mentoring undergraduate researchers.
Teaching responsibilities in the Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology program at Rice include Medical Terminology, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Movement Disorders, and Special Topics. In her spare time, Dr. Kabiri enjoys trying new restaurants and spending time with her husband, twin boys, and their crazy vizsla Hannah.