Therese S. Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN

Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing

Professor of Nursing in Surgery

Perelman School of Medicine

Whether they are shot, hit by a car, or suffer multiple stab wounds, some injured patients heal well, physically and mentally. Others may heal physically, but suffer depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Therese Richmond’s work on injured patients demonstrates that the psychological effects of trauma, rather than physical injury alone, drive the quality of recovery.

Dr. Richmond is passionate about using nursing science to prevent injury and violence and improve outcomes, particularly in patients from vulnerable urban populations worldwide – those who live on the margins of society, have limited resources, or live in pervasively violent communities. An early clinical position in a Washington, DC trauma ICU and resuscitation unit sparked Dr. Richmond’s interest in preventing injuries and her curiosity about survivors’ quality of life. This experience led to specialization in nursing care for victims of injury and violence, including co-founding the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn three decades ago and which now is a vibrant interdisciplinary research center: the Penn Injury Science Center.

It is a privilege to work with vulnerable individuals, families, and communities to prevent the impact of injury and violence and improve recovery from serious injury.


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • MSN, Catholic University of America, 1982
  • BSN, University of Delaware,, 1978
  • Diploma, Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, 1975


In her role as Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Dr. Richmond has helped shape the research and innovation-focused environment that is Penn Nursing. She facilitates systems to enhance innovation productivity. She led efforts to create and fulfill the strategic vision for innovation at Penn Nursing. In partnership with Dr. Marion Leary, she facilitates the Johnson & Johnson Nursing innovation Fellowship powered by Penn Nursing and the Wharton School.

Social Justice

Dr. Richmond’s research and scholarship are grounded in understanding and overcoming health inequities experienced by individuals and families living in low-resource and marginalized communities. She is committed to identifying and overcoming structural barriers that lead to and reinforce inequities. Her research has a dual approach. She partners with valuable community partners to examine the impact of living in pervasively violent, low-resource communities on families and rigorously producing data that can be used by agencies to inform programmatic initiatives to reduce inequity and improve health, well-being, and safety. She also has a substantive body of research that focuses on disparate outcomes after serious injury including PTSD and depression and to identify modifiable targets that drive disparities seen in transition to chronic pain after serious injury. She served on the Federal Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2030, which in this decade seeks to: eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and attain health literacy to improve the health and well-being of all; and create social, physical, and economic environments that promote attaining the full potential for health and well-being for all. Dr. Richmond serves on the Board of Population Health & Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Sciences which has a major focus on health equity.


Along with geographers, criminologists, attorneys, nurses, psychologists and other experts, Dr. Richmond’s research involves all levels of students, including undergraduate research assistants who work with her research staff and doctoral and post-doctoral trainees as members of her research teams. She has received many awards for teaching and mentoring at Penn, including the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Richmond teaches and mentors undergraduates, doctoral students, and post-doctoral trainees.


A collaboration between Penn Nursing, Perelman School of Medicine, and the School of Arts & Sciences, the CDC-Funded Penn Injury Science Center brings together university, community, and government partners around injury and violence intervention programs with the greatest potential for impact. The center promotes and performs research, provides training, and translates scientific discoveries into practice and policy. Dr. Richmond serves as Director of the Research Core. Dr. Richmond is mPI of a CDC funded study to explore how ACEs, injury intent, and lived environment impact psychological injury outcomes in seriously injured Black Men. She works with an interdisciplinary team that is using geographic hotspotting to discover U.S. counties that are positive and negative outliers in changes in firearm mortality rates over time and then characterize policy and non-policy differences between these outliers to develop novel insights on how to prevent firearm injury deaths.

Dr. Richmond’s research examines the disparate impact of injury, violence, and recovery on vulnerable populations. She works effectively across interdisciplinary teams. She works with colleagues at Penn Nursing testing a nursing-driven intervention to prevent falls in older adults residing in low-resource communities that is funded by the CDC and the NIA.

Selected Career Highlights

  • The Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Board of Population Health & Public Health Practice, National Academy of Science, Engineering & Medicine
  • Elected, National Academy of Medicine
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate Award
  • Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services for National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030

Accepting Mentees?

  • Yes

Accepting Fellows?

  • Yes

Selected Publications

  • *Giordano NA, Richmond, T.S., Farrar, J.T., Buckenmaier, C.C., Gallagher, R.M., & Polomano, R.C. (In Press). Differential pain presentations observed across post-traumatic stress disorder symptom trajectories after combat injury. Pain Medicine.

  • Kaufman, E., Richmond, T.S., & Hoskins, K. (2023). Youth firearm injury: A review for pediatric critical care clinicians. Critical Care Clinics. 39, 357-371. 

  • *Degli Esposti, M., Goldstick, J., Gravel, J., Kaufman, E.J., Delgado, M.K., Richmond, T.S., Wiebe, D.J., (Pre-Proof). How have firearm laws changed in outlier states with unexpected decreases or increases in firearm homicide, 1990-2019? SSM – Population Health. 

  • *Perez, L.G., Schell, T.L., Richmond, T.S., Powers, M.B., Warren, A.M., Adams, M., Hambarsoomian, K., Wong, E.C. (2022 ahead of print). Racial and ethnic disparities in chronic pain following traumatic injury. Pain Medicine. pnac 177,

  • *Bruce, M., Ulrich, C.M., Webster, J., Richmond, T.S. (2022). Injured Black men’s perceptions of the recovery environment. Social Science & Medicine, 292, 114608. PMID: 34861572. PMCID:PMC8748408 

  • Leary, M., Villarruel, A.M., & Richmond, T.S. (2022). Creating an innovation infrastructure in academic nursing. Journal of Professional Nursing, 38, 83-88. 

  • *Kumodzi, T, Kassam-Adams, N., Vargas, L., Reilly, P.M., & Richmond, T.S. (2022). Comparison of two screeners predicting the future development of depression & posttraumatic stress disorder in Black men after serious injury. Injury. 53, 1678-1683. NIHMSID: NIHMS 1772454 PMID: 35042600. PMCID: PMC9086140 

  • Addison, H., Richmond, T.S., Lewis, L, & Jacoby, S.F. (2022). Mental health outcomes in formerly incarcerated Black men: A systematic mixed studies review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 

  • Bruce, M.M., Robinson, A.J. Wiebe, D., Shults, J., & Richmond, T.S. (2022). The contribution of neighborhood characteristics to psychological symptoms severity in a cohort of injured Black men. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 10.1007/s40615-022-01407-2 

  • *Degli Esposti, M., Gravel, J., Kaufman, E.J., Delgado, M.K., Richmond, T.S., & Wiebe, D.J. (2022). County-level variation in changes in firearm mortality rates across the United States, 1989-1993 to 2015-2019. JAMA Network Open.

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