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Laura Rice joins Beckman faculty

Laura Rice, an associate professor of kinesiology and community health and the interim director of the Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration Programs, has joined the Beckman Institute.
Published on Nov. 8, 2023

Laura RiceLaura Rice.Laura Rice, an associate professor and associate head for graduate studies in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, has joined the Beckman Institute.

Building on the theoretical foundations of social cognitive theory and self-efficacy, Rice's research aims to enhance quality of life and community participation among individuals who experience disability. Specific research objectives include facilitating positive changes in behavior and increasing confidence in performance of desired activities in a person’s home and community.

At the Beckman Institute, Rice will work closely with Deana McDonagh in the (dis)Ability Design Studio.

Rice earned her Ph.D. in rehabilitation science and technology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 under the direction of Michael Boninger and her M.S. in physical therapy and B.S. in health sciences from Duquesne University in 2004 and 2003 respectively. She is also a Seating and Mobility Specialist.

"I am extremely honored to be a Beckman affiliate. Interdisciplinary research is at the core of my research philosophy and I look forward to working in an environment in which I can share this passion with other world-renowned researchers at Illinois," she said.

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