Portrait of Laura Rooney

Laura J. Rooney, PhD, MS

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Kinesiology Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, Kinesiology


Ph D University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 2012
MS Exercise and Wellness Arizona State University 2008
Masters of Accountancy University of Wisconsin, Grainger School of Business (now Wisconsin School of Business) 2000
BBA Accounting University of Wisconsin, Grainger School of Business (now Wisconsin School of Business) 1999

Speaker Topics

Physical activity, exercise and mindful movement for treatment and prevention of chronic disease, illness and injury.

Selected Publications

James, D., Sebren, A., DerAnanian, C., Bruening, M., Rooney, L., Araas, T., & Swan, P. (2016). Associations Among Self-Compassion, Eating Behaviors, and Stress in College Freshmen. Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences, 12, 92-97.
Beets, M. W., Beighle, A., Bottai, M., Rooney, L., & Tilley, F. (2012, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Pedometer-Determined Step-Count Guidelines for Afterschool Programs. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(1), 71-77.
Beets, M. W., Morgan, C. F., Banda, J. A., Bornstein, D., Byun, W., Mitchell, J., Munselle, L., Rooney, L., Beighle, A., & Erwin, H. (2011, September). Convergent Validity of Pedometer and Accelerometer Estimates of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity of Youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8(Supp2), S295-S305.
Sharpe, P. A., Wilcox, S., Rooney, L., Strong, D., Hopkins-Campbell, R., Butel, J., Ainsworth, B., & Parra-Medina, D. (2011, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Adherence to Accelerometer Protocols among Women from Economically Disadvantaged Neighborhoods. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8(5), 699-706.
Beets, M. W., Rooney, L., Tilley, F., Beighle, A., & Webster, C. (2010, September). Evaluation of policies to promote physical activity in afterschool programs: Are we meeting current benchmarks? Preventive Medicine, 51(3-4), 299-301.

Professional Memberships

  • American Council for Exercise
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Yoga Alliance, Registered Teacher