Zakia Clay

Assistant Professor, Master of Social Work Program, 
School of Pharmacy and Health Science



  • Social Policy I
  • Social Policy II
  • Field I
  • Field I
  • Field III
  • Field IV


  • Pedagogy
  • Workforce Development and Training
  • Policy Implementation
  • Mental Health
  • Social Work Practice


  • BS, Kean University
  • MSW, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • DSW, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Academic Profile

Dr. Zakia Clay earned her Masters and Doctorate degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.  In addition, she completed her undergraduate studies at Kean University and obtained a Dual Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  Dr. Clay also holds a certificate in Clinical Supervision, Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI), and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Dr. Clay’s practice experience includes community mental health, crisis services, and private practice. She has also provided training and consultation services to community providers and mental health authorities. Her passion for working with students began when she started teaching community college courses. In 2012, she received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Education. Shortly after, Dr. Clay began working in academia full time. She aims to cultivate collaborative learning communities where respectful dialogue, active learning, critical thinking, and reflection can take place.

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