College Of Health & Human Sciences

Lori Schrodt

Lori Schrodt

 

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

Education

  • PhD, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
  • National Institute on Aging Doctoral Fellowship, Carolina Program in Healthcare and Aging Research, University of North Carolina Institute on Aging, 2004
  • MS, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Ithaca College, 1992

Experience

  • Dr. Schrodt joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the spring of 2004, to lead the neuroscience and adult neuromuscular physical therapy courses. She 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 developed and continues to lead dissemination of a community-based fall risk screening program that has been implemented in 15 North Carolina counties through academic, government, and community-service partnerships. She is an active member of the North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition and the Western North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition.
  • Dr. Schrodt received the WCU College of Health and Human Sciences Interprofessional Education Award in 2015, and the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Excellence in Clinical Practice Award in 2012, in recognition of her educational and clinical work.  She is an active contributor to several national initiatives, is currently Chair of the Health Promotion and Wellness Special Interest Group of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) of the American Physical Therapy Association, and serves as the AGPT liaison to the International Council on Active Aging.

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr. Schrodt teachings Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I and II (PT 923 & PT 924), Physical Therapy for Older Adults (PT 945), and directs a doctoral project (PT 899). She also has secondary teaching responsibilities in Clinical Reasoning (PT 954) and Health Promotion and Wellness (PT 930).

Research Interests

Dr. Schrodt’s research currently focuses on balance and fall prevention programs for older adults and persons with neuromuscular conditions. She is currently collaborating with the NC Department of Health and Human Services , Division of Aging and Adult Services on a federally funded grant to disseminated and implement evidence-based fall prevention programs and enhance clinical-community partnerships. She is also working 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 Grants & Contracts

  • 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).
  • Schrodt LA (PI). Chaplin R. Dissemination of community-based fall risk screening. Funded by Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, grant number #UB4HP19053 to the Carolina Geriatric Education Center via Mountain Area Health Education Center. $2,300 (project total). 2014-2015.

Recent Publications

  • 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.
  • Mercer VS, Zimmerman MY, Schrodt LA, Palmer WE, Samuels VS. Interprofessional education in a rural community-based falls prevention project: The CHAMP experience. J Phys Ther Educ. 2014;28(2):35-45.
  • Schrodt LA, Garbe KC, Chaplin R, Busby-Whitehead J, Shubert TE. An effective community–academic partnership to extend the reach of screenings for fall risk. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:120213. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd10.120213.

Recent Presentations

  • Schrodt L, Pike M, Saccone D. PT/YMCA Partnerships: Clinical-community models for healthy aging. Accepted for presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February 2017.
  • Berglund J, Schrodt L, Norman E, Garber C, Sidelinker J. Bringing health promotion and preventative care to aging adults. Accepted for presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February 2017.
  • Petrescu-Prahova M, Fishleder S, Steinman L, Kohn M, Harris J, Schrodt L. Engaging older adults in evidence-based physical activity programs: Opportunities at physical therapy clinics. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2016.
  • Schrodt L, Bermudez R, Dills J, Lysik B, Ulrich W, Wood K, Worley S, Shubert T. Group balance exercise programs: Do older adults of varied abilities achieve the same benefits? Presented at the Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference II; July 2016; Indianapolis, IN.
  • Schrodt L, Bemis-Dougherty A, McDaniel C. New Arthritis Foundation resources for individuals with arthritis. Presented at the American Physical Therapy NEXT Conference; June 2016; Nashville, TN.
  • Keysor J, Schrodt L. When pain gets in the way...overcoming barriers to physical activity. Presented at the International Council on Active Aging Annual Conference; November 2015; New Orleans, LA.
  • Schrodt L, Morris D, Lein D. Integrating community health programs into clinical practice: Evidence-based programs, Session II of III. Presented at the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting; April 2015; Orange Beach, AL. 
  • Schrodt L, Morris D, Lein D. Integrating community health programs into clinical practice: National initiatives and policy drivers, Session III of III. Presented at the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting; April 2015; Orange Beach, AL. 
  • Schrodt L, Altpeter M, Keysor J. Optimal arthritis management: bridging clinic to the community. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association; February 2015; Indianapolis, IN.
  • Eagler L, Schrodt L. Using appropriate outcome measures for people with dementia. Presented at the Virginia Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference; October 2014; McLean, VA.
  • Schrodt L, Renfro MO, Morris DM, Lein D. EBPs to enhance PT practice: Health promotion, Session I of II. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association; February 2014; Las Vegas, NV.
  • Renfro MO, Schrodt L, Morris DM, Lein D. EBPs to enhance PT practice: Fall prevention, Session II of II. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association; February 2014; Las Vegas, NV.
  • Shubert T, Schrodt L, Studer M. Everyone is talking about falls – are you ready? Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association; February 2014; Las Vegas, NV.
  • Schrodt LA, Garbe KC, Chaplin R. Community-based fall risk screenings promote fall prevention behaviors in older adults. Presented at the International Council on Active Aging Annual Conference; November 2013; San Diego, CA.

Personal

Dr. Schrodt resides in Waynesville, NC, and enjoys hiking and kayaking in her off-time. During basketball season you can find her cheering on the UNC Tar Heels.

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