Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP
Andrea B. Laporte Endowed Professor of Nursing; Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 330 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 573-7646

The prevention of injury and violence and improving outcomes of injury care are central to the discipline of nursing. Dr. Richmond conducts studies focus on the interaction of physical injuries and their psychological sequelae in order to reduce post-injury disability and improve recovery. She co-founded the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn and is now Research Director of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center. She is committed to working collaboratively across disciplines to address the complex social and health issues of injury and violence. Dr. Richmond serves as the Associate Director for Fellowship of the Biobehavioral Research Center in the School of nursing. She received the American Association of Critical Care Nursing, GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award for her pioneering work in injury science.

Dr. Richmond currently teaches Inquiry & Nursing, a first year PhD course. "This is a fabulous course to teach, I am exposed to the many paradigms and methods used by nurse researchers to build knowledge and improve the scientific foundations for care of healthy and vulnerable individual - at the cellular, human, health care system, and societal levels." In addition, Dr. Richmond teaches a PhD seminar on functional status, health status, and quality of life that directly links her research interests with her teaching. Previously Dr. Richmond developed and directed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program – and continues to be committed to the rigorous preparation of advanced practice nurses as key providers of health care. Her commitment and excellence in teaching has been recognized by the School of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award, the School of Nursing Undergraduate Advising Award, the Doctoral Student Organization Barbara Lowery Award for Doctoral Student Teaching and Mentoring , and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Richmond is the Director of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation – a cutting edge new approach to preparing nurse researchers who will be the leaders and innovators of the future. The philosophy of this program is “Integration, Innovation, & Impact.” Scholars are selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates and are concurrently BSN and PhD students and as such the program trajectory is streamlined and very rigorous. Dr. Richmond facilitates a non-traditional PhD seminar designed specifically for these scholars with a focus on innovation to help prepare the scholars to develop, test, and implement new solutions to current or forecasted problems in health care.

Dr. Richmond's research interests focus on injury and violence. She has an extensive body of research aimed to improve outcomes after injury and she addresses the interaction between physical injury and the post-injury psychological consequences. This work has helped identify groups of injured patients most likely to experience sub-optimal outcomes and points to screening and interventions to improve those outcomes. Dr. Richmond recently completed a 5-year NIMH funded study examining the effects of developing depression and PTSD following injury on disability and quality of life. Because of the importance to target limited resources to people who are in most need of assistance, Dr. Richmond developed a predictive screener to identify those patients at highest risk for the future emergence of post-injury depression and PTSD.

Dr. Richmond’s conducts studies to prevent violence and to reduce its impact on individuals, families and communities. She co-founded the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn and is the Research Core Co-Director for the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center. She is committed to community-based participatory research and interdisciplinary partnerships. Dr. Richmond is Co-Principal Investigator of “Biosocial Prediction and Intervention for Aggressive Youth” with Drs. Raine, Cheney, & Gur, funded by the Pennsylvania DOH.

Injury and violence are global health priorities. Dr. Richmond collaborates with colleagues in Australia to study indicators of successful trauma recovery from patient, family, and provider perspectives. She co-directs an NIH-Fogarty Training Grant to train injury and violence scientists in Guatemala. Dr. Richmond’s research contributions have been recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Excellence in Research Award and the AACN General Electric Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award for her research in firearm injuries and violence.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Biobehavioral Research

Clinical Practice
Dr. Richmond is an international renowned practitioner of trauma, neuroscience and critical care nursing. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Adult Neuroscience Nursing.

• Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


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Injury consistently ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. A worldwide problem, injury also contributes to preventable disability. Injury research has led to the successful reduction in motor vehicle fatalities despite the escalation in miles driven. We are now poised to continue this success and reduce injuries from other causes, such as violence. By reducing injuries and improving outcomes of care, we can and will create safer communities for individuals and families.