Paul Clements

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Associate Clinical Professor

Division of Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role M.S.N. Department

828-685-2525 P

Paul Thomas Clements, Ph.D., APRN-BC, CGS, DF-IAFN is an Associate Clinical Professor. A forensic and psychiatric clinical specialist, he is additionally a Certified Gang Specialist and Certified in Danger Assessment. His clinical experience includes serving as Assistant Director/Bereavement Therapist at the Homicide Bereavement Center at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and appointed as the Director of Operations for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

He is an experienced therapist, forensic consultant, and critical incident/trauma response specialist with over 20 years experience in management/administration and crisis intervention. Dr. Clements has provided counseling and crisis intervention to over 1500 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, as well as interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), related to discussions regarding the offender, victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings. Recently, Dr. Clements spent time in Bolivia, working with judges, prosecutors and forensic psychologists regarding enhanced assessment and intervention with children victimized by sexual aggression.

Dr. 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 training and stress management seminars designed for State Police, EMT’s, 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.

Dr. Clements is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse (APRN, BC) with national board certification as a Specialist in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Nursing. He 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 or other form of violent death 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.