PT, MS, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy
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.
Primary Teaching Responsibilities
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