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Amira Clemens, PhD, MSN, RN

Amira Clemens MSN, RN

Amira Clemens is a graduate of Drexel University's Nursing PhD program. She is a practicing nurse of over 17 years who has lived in Philadelphia all her life and attended Community College of Philadelphia, where she received her first nursing degree. She has received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing at Thomas Jefferson University. In 2009, she began my career as a nursing instructor. In 2012, she became a full-time professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP). Research interests include community health/engagement and, specifically, young adults aging out of foster care.


Dissertation Title:
Social Support and Social Support Seeking Behaviors as It Relates to Homelessness and Mental Health Among Black Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Education History:

  • Associate in Arts - Culture, Science, and Technology
    Community College of Philadelphia
  • Associate in Applied Science – Nursing
    Community College of Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science – Nursing
    Thomas Jefferson University
  • Master of Science – Nursing
    Thomas Jefferson University

Research Interests:

  • Young adults aging out of foster care (mental health, homelessness and social support).


  • CNHP Dean’s PhD student research award support her dissertation research: Social support and the transitions out of foster care: Implications for mental health and homelessness

Faculty Mentor:
Loretta Sweet-Jemmott, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN