Cathy Elrod

Cathy Elrod (no photo)


Physical Therapy

Academic Credentials

B.S., Virginia Tech
M.S., Medical College of Virginia
Ph.D., George Mason University
Licensed Physical Therapist in VA


Other Information

With expertise in the management of medically complex patients, Dr. Cathy Elrod has been part of Marymount’s faculty since 1997. She has practiced in home health and at large trauma hospitals, including the Medical University Hospital of the Medical University of South Carolina and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Through funding by federal grants, she recently has been integrating evidence-based fall prevention programs for older adults into the Northern Virginia region. She is a master trainer for Stay Active and Independent for Life and a Matter of Balance. Dr. Elrod is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Virginia Physical Therapy Association where she has held positions at the state and national level.

Teaching Area

  • Introductory course on the profession of physical therapy and the larger health care environment in which physical therapists practice
  • Older adults/geriatrics

Research Interests

Dr. Elrod’s research interests include falls prevention and intervention strategies for older adults, factors that affect the quality of life for older adults, and influences of social issues on rehabilitation and the delivery of patient care


Elrod C. Geriatric Physical Therapy in the 21st Century: Overarching Principles and Approaches to Practice. In Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy, 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, 2019: 1-16.

Tripken J, Elrod C. Young Adults’ Perspectives on Advance Care Planning. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2018;35(4):627-634.

Tripken J, Elrod C, Bills S. Factors Influencing Advance Care Planning Among Older Adults in Two Socioeconomically Diverse Living Communities. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2018;35(1):69-74.

Tripken J, Elrod C, Bills S. The design and Implementation of a Theory-Based Interdisciplinary Falls Prevention Pilot Program for Community Dwelling Older Adults. American Journal of Health Studies. 2017;32(4):208-218.

Elrod C. Musculoskeletal System. In Paz J, West MP, eds. Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists, 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2014:85-122.

Guccione A, Elrod C. Health and Function: Patient Management Principles. In Guccione A, Wong R, Avers D, eds. Geriatric Physical Therapy. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2012: 87-103.

Costello E, Elrod C, Tepper S. Clinical Decision Making in the Acute Care Environment: A Survey of Practicing Clinicians. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. 2011;2(2):46-54.


Phone: 703-284-5984