Dr. Cathy Elrod


Physical Therapy

Cathy Elrod

Contact Information

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Ballston 4040, 204

Academic Credentials

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

Teaching Areas

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

Research Interests

  • Falls prevention and intervention strategies for older adults
  • Factors that affect quality of life for older adults
  • Influences of social issues on rehabilitation and the delivery of patient care


With expertise in management of the medically complex patient, Dr. Cathy Elrod has been part of Marymount’s faculty since 1997. She has practiced in home health and at large tertiary trauma hospitals, including the Medical University Hospital of the Medical University of South Carolina and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Through funding by a federal grant, she recently has been integrating evidence-based falls prevention programs for older adults into the Northern Virginia region.

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.