Lori Schrodt

Lori Schrodt


Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 828-227-2379
Email: lschrodt@email.wcu.edu
Office Address: HHSB 246

I came to western North Carolina via a long path that included stops in several areas of the country before settling in Chapel Hill and completing my graduate degrees. I currently live in Waynesville with my husband and we spend as much of our free time as possible hiking, kayaking, and traveling. During basketball season you can find me cheering on the UNC Tar Heels.

What do you love the most about being a Catamount?

I most enjoy the collaborative spirit and enjoyment of the outdoors. We are all on the same team and work to build our successes and make our region a better place to live.


Dr. Schrodt joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the spring of 2004, bringing her diverse clinical and academic experiences to WCU. Dr. Schrodt's clinical background focuses on neuromuscular and geriatric physical therapy across a broad array of settings. She further specializes in clinical and community-based balance and fall prevention programs for older adults and persons with neuromuscular conditions and continues her clinical practice in the WCU Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic. Dr. Schrodt also has advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation, neurodevelopmental treatment for stroke rehabilitation, exercise training for older adults, and clinical and community interventions for persons with Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Schrodt is an active contributor to the American Physical Therapy Association and currently co-chairs the development of a specialty certification in balance and fall prevention and chairs the Health Promotion and Wellness Special Interest Group within the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Regionally, she is an active member of the North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition and the Western North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition and leads dissemination of a community-based fall risk screening program and works to build clinical-community linkages.


  • PhD, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • National Institute on Aging Doctoral Fellowship, Carolina Program in Healthcare and Aging Research, University of North Carolina Institute on Aging
  • MS, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Ithaca College

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 923 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I
  • PT 924 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II
  • PT 945 Physical Therapy for Older Adults
  • PT 899 Doctoral Project

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Schrodt's research focuses on community-based models and expanding the reach of balance and fall prevention programs for older adults and persons with neuromuscular conditions. She is currently in the initial stages of studying community-based interventions for persons with Parkinson's disease. Dr. Schrodt also collaborates with the NC Center for Health and Wellness on a federally funded grant to embed evidence-based fall prevention programs into clinical delivery systems. She similarly works with the University of Washington School of Public Health on a project to increase physical therapy referrals to the EnhanceFitness® program (an evidence-based community physical activity program).

Recent Publications, Presentations, & Grants 

  • Schrodt LA (Screening Program PI), Chaplin R. Building Better Balance dissemination and implementation within federal PPHF-2014 Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Grant awarded to NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services by the Administration for Community Living. (screening program funding $27,116; project total funding $303,822 over 2 years). 2014-2016 (no-cost extension through June 2017).
  • Petrescu-Prahova M, Steinman L, Fishleder S, Pike M, Kohn M, Schrodt L, Belza B, Hannon P, Harris J. Building community-clinical linkages between physical therapists and YMCA associations to increase older adult physical activity. J Comm Health. Manuscript under review.
  • Schrodt LA, Garbe KC, Shubert TE. Trained community providers conduct fall risk screenings with fidelity: An effective model for expanding reach. Health Promot Pract. 2014;15(4):599-607. doi: 10.1177/1524839913514752.
  • Schrodt L. Partnering with community programs for prevention and health promotion. Session presented during pre-conference Designing and Implementing Effective Prevention and Health Promotion Models at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association; February 2018; New Orleans, LA.
  • Schrodt L, Sullivan N, Hirshfeld D, Schram M. The physical therapy-wellness connection: What's next? Session presented at the International Council on Active Aging Annual Conference; October 2017; Orlando, FL.

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