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Clare Papay

Senior Research Associate

Ph.D., Special Education, Lehigh University
M.Ed., Special Education, Lehigh University

Clare has a PhD. and an M.Ed. in Special Education, both from Lehigh University. Her research focuses on the transition to adult life for students with disabilities. She has a particular interest in inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2012, she was recognized by Think College as an Emerging Scholar for her work in this area. She was the founding co-Director of the Raising Expectations for Academic Learning (REAL) Certificate at Arcadia University, a two-year program for students with intellectual disabilities that focuses on academic coursework, employment, and social inclusion in college life. For her dissertation research, Best Practices for Transition to Adult Life for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: A National Perspective Using the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, she was the runner-up for the Pat Sitlington Student Research Award for the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition. She has taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses that focus on topics such as supporting students with significant disabilities, disability studies and special education law, positive behavioral approaches, transition to adult life, and research methods.

Select outside publications by Clare Papay

Griffin, M., & Papay, C. K. (in press). Tips for supporting students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend college. Teaching Exceptional Children.

Papay, C. K., Unger, D., Williams-Diehm, K., & Mitchell, V. (2015). Begin with the end in mind: Infusing transition planning and instruction into elementary classrooms. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47, 310-318.

Bartholomew, A., McConnell, A., Papay, C., Cease-Cook, J, & Clarke, L. (2015). Embedding transition in the common core state standards. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47, 329-335.

Papay, C. K., & Bambara, L. M. (2014). Best practices in transition to adult life for youth with intellectual disabilities. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 37, 136-148. DOI: 10.1177/2165143413486693

Papay, C. K., & Griffin, M. (2013). Developing inclusive college opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 38, 110-116.

Papay, C. K., & Bambara, L. M. (2012). College programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Results of a national survey. Think College Fast Facts, Issue No. 3. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.

Papay, C. K., & Bambara, L. M. (2011). Postsecondary education for transition-age students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities: A national survey.Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 46, 78-93.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities