Fall 2009 - Dr. Paul Thomas Clements

Dr. Clements is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia, PA. A psychiatric/forensic specialist, he also is a Certified Gang Specialist. His former positions have included assistant director/bereavement therapist at the Homicide Bereavement Center at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia. He is an experienced therapist, forensic consultant, and critical incident/trauma response specialist with over 15 years of experience in management and crisis intervention.

Clements has provided counseling and crisis intervention to over 1,500 families of murder victims, as well as to high numbers of surviving family members in the aftermath of suicide, industrial, and occupational deaths, motor vehicle accidents, sudden infant death syndrome, and other types of sudden violent death, as well as to survivors of interpersonal violence such as sexual abuse, rape, and stalking. Dr. Clements was involved in the television and printed news media, and was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), related to discussions regarding the offender, victims, and survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings.

Clements has provided nationwide corporate and hospital consultation to establish workplace procedures for violence prevention and development of risk assessment/management teams. In addition, he has conducted crisis management seminars designed for State Police, EMTs, Child Protective Agency personnel, trauma/emergency nurses, attorneys, and corporate executives.

Dr. Clements has numerous publications and conference presentations regarding stress, trauma, violence and aggression, coping after violent death, and exposure to interpersonal violence and crime. He is an advanced practice psychiatric nurse (APRN, BC) with national board certification as a specialist in child, adolescent, and family mental health nursing.

Clements holds a doctor of philosophy in psychiatric forensic nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. His research and practice have involved traumatic presentations and behaviors in children exposed to the homicide of a family member. Dr. Clements is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and associate editor of the Journal of Forensic Nursing.