Therese Richmond Wins Distinguished Research Award

Therese Richmond Wins Distinguished Research Award

Work Had Focused on The Prevention of Violence in Vulnerable Populations
Terry Richmond
Photos: Megan Pellegrino
Therese Richmond on the podium at her award ceremony.

Penn School of Nursing Professor Therese Richmond has won the 13th Annual Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award.

Named for former Nursing School dean and pioneer of nurse scientist education, the award annually honors a faculty member who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing scholarship.

William Schwab
William Schwab, MD, FACS, FRCS

Firearms and injury
Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, who has been at Penn for nearly 25 years, is the co-founder of Penn's 20-year-old Firearm & Injury Center (FICAP), a member of the executive committee of Penn Medicine's Injury Science Center, and an LDI Senior Fellow.

She has been extensively involved in research on the prevention of violence, particularly in vulnerable populations. Another avenue of her work has long focused on the intersection of physical and mental health after traumatic injury and its effect on recovery.

In his remarks from the podium at the award ceremony in the School of Nursing's Claire Fagin Hall, William Schwab, who has been co-director of FICAP with Richmond for 20 years, noted the hallmarks of her life's work:

Excellence and scholarship
"Excellence in clinical care and scholarship, constant elevation to positions of importance and leadership, crossing disciplines within and outside of medicine and nursing, collaboration and partnering, and the ability to advise, to guide and direct others as they seek clarity and closure on their pursuits."

He ended by quoting from the nomination letter he wrote several years ago supporting her nomination to the International Hall of Fame in Nursing:

"Terry Richmond's impact factor, if one could measure such a thing, would be extremely high. Her research and contributions have directed how we think about injury or how we recover from those events and those daily catastrophes. Her collaborative work has been praised by her peers and rewarded with publication and extraordinary levels of funding. In my opinion, with courage, with grace, charm, and dignity, Dr. Richmond has changed the science of injury and recovery. And in doing so, she has made the world better and safer."