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Vicki LaFay

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Vicki LaFay, PT, DPT, CSCS
Director of Clinical Education
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699

Ph.D., SUNY Upstate Medical University – Physical Therapy (2009)
M.H.S., University of Phoenix - Masters in Health Administration (2005)
B.S., Ithaca College - Physical Therapy (1992)

Teaching Interest
Dr. LaFay is the Director of Clinical Education, overseeing student clinical internship preparation and coordinating related coursework throughout the DPT program. Her teaching interests are focused on healthcare ethics and professionalism, clinical practice management, documentation, and patient interviewing. Dr. LaFay’s primary interest is in bridging the gap between the clinic and the classroom, providing students with the clinical relevance and interpersonal skills to be successful in their clinical experiences and future practice.  She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dr. LaFay has been the DPT Program liaison with local healthcare organizations for community health and wellness screening and education for area athletes. She maintains a broad base of clinical practice as a per diem PT in acute care, outpatient orthopedic, skilled nursing, and home care environments. Dr. LaFay provides operational support in practice management  and ergonomic programming for a national provider of occupational health and injury prevention services.

Dr. LaFay provides clinical lab assistance (orthopedics, cardiopulmonary) and inquiry seminars in her areas of interest throughout the curriculum. She coordinates the following courses:

PT506:Professional Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2 credit hours
PT517: Professional Practice I, 2 credit hours
PT527: Professional Practice II, 2 credit hours
PT537: Professional Practice III, 6 credit hours
PT607: Professional Practice IV, 2 credit hours
PT617: Professional Practice V: 2 credit hours
PT627: Professional Practice VI: 7 credit hours
PT667: Professional Practice VII: 8 credit hours
PT677: Professional Practice VIII: 8 credit hours

Research Interest:
Dr. LaFay was a contributing author /editor for the 7th edition  of the MA Minor and S Minor, Patient Care Skills, Pearson Publishing, 7th edition: Chapter One and Chapter Two in 2012. She is actively collaborating in research with Dr. Scott Minor in the area of ergonomics and occupational health. Current collaboration is focused on the following research topics: Foot Posture in Industrial Workers: The Effect of Personal Protective Equipment and Clinical Interventions and The Effect of Foot Posture in Industrial Workers on Lower Extremity and Low Back Injury. She is a member of the NYNJ Clinical Education Consortium’s Research Committee and is also pursuing research interests in the area of clinical education excellence.