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Vicki LaFay

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Clinical Assistant Professor/Director of Clinical Education
Clarkson University
PO Box 5880
Potsdam, NY 13699 

Office phone: 315-268-3787


B.S. Ithaca College – Physical Therapy (1992)

DPT SUNY Upstate Medical University – Physical Therapy (2009)

PhD Nova Southeastern University – Physical Therapy (expected 2018)


NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

APTA Geriatric Academy Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adult

Teaching Interests

Dr. LaFay was adjunct faculty prior to taking a full time teaching position in Clarkson University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  Her primary role is as the director of clinical education. In addition to coordination of integrated and full-time clinical education courses, she teaches content in professional foundations, practice management, and documentation.

Research Interests

Dr. LaFay’s research projects are primary focused on clinical education and worksite wellness and injury prevention.  Specifically, she is currently looking at attributes of effective clinical educators, characteristics of challenging clinical settings and student-clinical instructor factors that contribute to change in attitude and behavior change related to standardized measures. 

Recent Publications

Zeigler S, Fulk G, Russek L, Minor S, LaFay V, Rigsbee J, Martin R, Towler C. Development and utilization of a professional development assessment process across a doctor of physical therapy curriculum. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. February 17-20, 2016; Anaheim California.

Martin RA, Lafay V, Fulk G. Balance assessment lab and integrated patient experience. Compendium submission for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Accepted November, 2015. In Press.

Ciani M, LaFay V, Ciani G, Carey P, Parnez N. An anomalous muscle in the ulnar canal: a cadaver study with clinical implications. JAAPA. Accepted February 27,2015. Pending online index and print.

Minor MA, Minor S, LaFay V. Contributing Author/Editor: Book Chapter: Introduction to Patient Care. Patient Care Skills, 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Pearson Publishing. 2013.

Minor MA, Minor S, LaFay V. Contributing Author/Editor: Book Chapter: Communication and Patient/Client Management Process. Patient Care Skills, 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ.  Pearson Publishing.


ACAPT Strategic Initiative Clinical Education Terminology Panel 2016

APTA Awards Committee: Subcommittee on Education 2015-2017

NYPTA State Practice Committee 2013-2016

NY-NJ Clinical Education Consortium Executive Committee, Secretary, 2013-2017