Dr. Clare Papay
Director of Undergraduate Special Education and Graduate Special Education Certification
Clare Papay, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Special Education and Coordinator of Secondary Special Education at Arcadia University. She joined the faculty in 2011. Dr. Papay came to the U.S. from the U.K. to complete her Master of Education at Lehigh University. While completing her M.Ed., she worked in a community-based program supporting adults with intellectual disabilities in home and community settings. After deciding to remain in the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in Special Education at Lehigh University, she worked in a consultative role to provide support and training to direct care staff working with adults and transition-age youth with intellectual disabilities and also worked as a graduate assistant for the Eastern Region Autism Service, Education, Research, and Training (ASERT) grant at Lehigh University funded through Pennsylvania's Bureau of Autism Services. In this role, Dr. Papay co-authored a manual entitled “Community Inclusion for Adults with Autism: Guidance for Providers in Pennsylvania,” developed in partnership with the Community Adult Autism Partnership Program at Devereux CARES. She also provided numerous trainings on positive behavior support and functional behavioral assessment for home and community-based support staff, parents, and adult service agency supervisors. Her research has included a national survey of college campus-based programs for transition-age students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and an analysis of a national database to examine whether recommended best practices for transition are predictive of successful postschool outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Papay has presented at local, state, and national conferences on these topics.