Dr. Laura Black is a pediatric physiatrist and inpatient attending on the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her clinical interests include brain injury and neurorehabilitation. 


Dr. Black received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her medical degree from the University of Virginia.  She completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency and pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois. She joined Kennedy Krieger in 2022.

Dr. Black is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Research Publications

Black L, Shaunfield S, Labellarte PH, Gaebler-Spira D, Foster CC. Physical and Environmental Barriers to Mobility and Participation in Children with Medical Complexity: A Qualitative Study. Clinical Pediatrics. 2022 May 24:00099228221099097.

Foster, C.C., Shaunfield, S., Black, L.E., Labellarte, P.Z. and Davis, M.M., 2022. Improving support for care at home: Parental needs and preferences when caring for children with medical complexity. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 36(2), pp.154-164.

Black, L. and Gaebler-Spira, D., 2018. Nonsurgical treatment options for upper limb spasticity. Hand Clinics, 34(4), pp.455-464.