Dr. Jacqueline Schafer-Clay

Dr. Jacqueline Schafer-Clay joined Presbyterian College as the founding director of clinical education and assistant professor in October of 2019. She previously served as the academic fieldwork coordinator and instructor for the University of St. Augustine on the Austin, Texas campus. She has completed her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy through Eastern Kentucky University.

Her Capstone project was a national research study of occupational therapy practitioners who do not participate in fieldwork education and what stops them from providing supervision. Schafer-Clay is working to publish this study in a peer-reviewed journal and continue research related to fieldwork.

She presented a short course and poster at the national AOTA conference in March 2020. The short course is entitled “What stops some occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants from providing fieldwork education?” The poster presentation is entitled “Inclusion of all students and members of the Individualized Education Plan team to create student-centered occupational profiles.” She also presented “Setting up fieldwork opportunities in rural school-based practice: Clinician leadership opportunities” at the AOTA conference in 2019.

Schafer-Clay’s clinical experience includes pediatrics in a variety of settings for 18 years. Her primary focus is in school-based practice and sensory integration strategies. She has also worked in other pediatric settings, including children’s hospital, outpatient, early intervention, and home health.

She was a clinical fieldwork educator for more than 10 years and holds advanced certifications in Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing, Therapeutic Listening, Hippo-Therapy, and Therapeutic Yoga.

Schafer-Clay has a strong interest in interprofessional collaboration. Her school practice used co-treatment groups and inter-professional education often. She has presented to school staff, physical therapists, and the South Carolina Early Intervention program. Her presentations include:

  • “Utilizing sensory integration strategies to promote healthy self-regulation and caregiver bonding throughout early development”
  • “Sensory and safety”
  • “Evidence-based practice in the school setting”
  • “Improving treatment engagement through the use of sensory strategies”

Schafer-Clay earned her master’s of occupational therapy from Duquesne University and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from West Virginia University. She has an interest in projects related to improving health disparities related to the lack of rehabilitation providers in remote; rural and isolated areas; increasing fieldwork capacity; and non-traditional fieldwork models.