Laura Stanley Pietrosimone

Assistant Professor
Office: 311 Trent Dr, Box 104002, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 681-4380
Scholars at Duke

Laura Pietrosimone is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division at Duke University. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Psychology in 2006 and completed her professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University in 2010. She then completed the Proaxis Therapy post-professional sports residency program in 2011 in Greenville, SC, leading to her credentialing as a board-certified sports clinical specialist. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Movement Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Laura has ten years of clinical experience treating an orthopedic and sports medicine population, with a particular focus on knee injury rehabilitation. Her primary research interests include lower extremity biomechanics, physical activity, and patient outcomes following knee injury, and improving the effectiveness of rehabilitation strategies to restore normal knee function and maximize long-term health.


  • Ph.D., Human Movement Science, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018
  • DPT, Duke University, 2010
  • BS, Psychology, Duke University, 2006


  • PT 633: Movement Science
  • PT 743: Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Orthopedic and sports physical therapy; Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Dr. Pietrosimone’s research focuses on lower extremity biomechanics and physical activity in orthopedic and sports medicine populations. Specifically, her work seeks to advance translational science through the development of innovative rehabilitation strategies that address the lasting consequences of knee injury to promote joint health and optimize patient quality of life.