Therese S. Richmond, PhD, RN is the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing and the Associate Dean for Research & Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. She is Professor of Nursing in Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, and is on the Executive Committee of the the University of Pennsylvania Injury Science Center. She co-founded the Firearm and Injury Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which evolved into the the University of Pennsylvania Injury Science Center.
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 suboptimal outcomes and points to screening and interventions to improve those outcomes. Dr. Richmond recently completed a 5-year NINR funded study examining “The psychological effects of serious injury in urban black men: A disparate health issue.” In a previous NIMH funded study, because of the importance of trargeting limited resources to people who are in most need of assistance, she developed a predictive screener to identify those patients at highest risk for the future emergence of post-injury depression and PTSD. She currently is the Site PI for an NIMHD study examining trauma as a portal to chronic pain.
As one of 13 experts on DHHS' Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, she is helping to define Healthy People 2030 objectives for the nation.
In her role as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Dr. Richmond helps shape the University of Pennsylvania Nursing's research-focused environment, facilitating systems to help faculty increase their scholarship and productivity. 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 members of her research teams. She has received many awards for teaching and mentoring at the University of Pennsylvania, including the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Among her many awards, she has received the GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award for her work in firearm injuries and violence from the American Association of Critical Care Nursing; the Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine; the Eastern Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award; and she has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. In 2017, she was named a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Richmond received her BSN from the University of Delaware, her MSN from Catholic University of America, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.