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Theresa Fay-Hillier


Associate Clinical Professor

Undergraduate Nursing

Theresa Fay-Hillier, MSN is an associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She received her Master's of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Holy Family University. She is a board certified clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is certified in completing danger assessments with victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Fay-Hillier has an interest in working with the chronically mentally ill as well as people who are victims of abuse. Her experience in her areas of interest have been numerous and in a variety of community settings. She was a co-leader of a homicide bereavement group for families at the City of Philadelphia Office of the Medical Examiner. Fay-Hillier was also a co-owner of a nurse owned business providing critical incident stress debriefing services to employees who worked in both health care agencies and general business facilities. After the 911 tragedy, Fay-Hillier was involved with debriefing employees who worked in or around the New York City area. She was also responsible for supervising other clinicians who performed debriefments in both New York City and the Washington D.C. areas as a result of the 911 tragedy. She has presented at both national and international conferences on issues related to IPV and has also co-authored several peer reviewed articles and is co-editor of a textbook on Child Maltreatment (a 2015 publication).


Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Research Interests:

Ms. Fay-Hillier's current focus of research in pursuing her DrPH from Drexel University's School of Public Health is related to health care providers' experiences in addressing IPV.

Academic Distinctions:

Professor Fay-Hillier traveled to Bolivia to provide consultation and education to judges, prosecutors and forensic psychologists to enhance the evaluation of sexually assaulted children and teens and to explore strategies for successful prosecution of the offenders. 

(2015, January 28th) Invited to be a panel member for an Interdisciplinary Discussion at Drexel University for members of the Drexel community on:  “Mental illness: More prominent than you think.”    

Professional Society:

Member of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
Member of the National League for Nurses (NLN)
Member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses
Member of the American Psychiatric Association
Member Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing Honor Society)