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Paul Thomas Clements


Clinical Professor; Coordinator, Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program Online


Distinguished Fellow (2002) - International Association of Forensic Nurses

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

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1601 Cherry Street, Room 9105

Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, is a Clinical Professor and Coordinator of the Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program Online. A psychiatric forensic specialist, Clements is additionally a Certified Gang Specialist and certified in Danger Assessment. He has over 25 years' experience as a therapist, forensic consultant and critical incident response specialist. He was also appointed and served as the Director of Operations for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health Services. Clements has provided counseling to over 1500 families of murder victims, including while Assistant Director and bereavement therapist at Grief Assistance Program (GAP) at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia. He has provided assessment and intervention to high numbers of family members in the aftermath of suicide, sexual homicide, strangulation, industrial and occupational deaths, motor vehicle accidents, hit and run deaths, sudden infant death syndrome and other forms of violent death. Clements was also involved in the television and printed news media and interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) relative to the Virginia Tech shooting. Later, he traveled to Bolivia to work with forensic agencies, including national bench judges and prosecutors, regarding the impact of sexual abuse on children and adolescents. 

Clements has three recent textbooks, Violence against women: Contemporary examination of intimate partner violence, Mental health issues in child maltreatment, and Nursing approach to the evaluation of child maltreatment (2nd ed.). He has numerous peer reviewed publications regarding coping after violence and related deaths. He holds a master's degree in Child and Family Psychiatric Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatric Forensic Nursing, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Clements was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses (DF-IAFN) in 2002 and was an inaugural Associate Editor of the Journal of Forensic Nursing from 2005-2012. 


Psychiatric forensic behavioral analysis
Traumatic presentations and behaviors
Traumatic grief and bereavement

Research Interests:

Traumatic response patterns and behaviors in children exposed to violent crime and death

Academic Distinctions:

Distinguished Alumni Guild - Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ (2012)
Distance Faculty of the Year - Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA (2011)
Distinguished Fellow - International Association of Forensic Nurses (2002)

Professional Society:

International Association of Forensic Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau