Dr. Paul Thomas Clements
PhD, RN, ANEF, DF-IAFN, DF-AFN
Dr. Paul Thomas Clements is a forensic psychiatric clinical specialist, a Certified Gang Specialist, and Certified in Danger Assessment. Practicing in the forensic nursing arena for over 25 years, Clements has provided consultation for hospital systems, EMTs, child protective agency personnel, trauma/emergency nurses, psychiatric providers, and corporate executives – each regarding vulnerability risk assessment, target hardening, and decreasing the number of violent incidents in the workplace, as well as bullying and the subsequent sequelae. Clements has provided consultation to school systems and other child-related agencies related to child abuse assessment, and also related to the aftermath of violence and/or violent death (including homicide of a child) for schools, teachers, and other classmates. He has three edited textbooks: Violence Against Women: Contemporary Examination of Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health Issues in Child Maltreatment, and Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment. He additionally has two upcoming textbooks, one of which includes Gender Violence Across the Spectrum: A Trauma-Informed Approach. Additionally, he has numerous peer-review publications, and a significant number of conference presentations, nationally and internationally, that address assessment and intervention related to the neurobiology of trauma, interpersonal violence and aggression, coping after a violent death, safety assessment, and exposure to interpersonal violence and crime.
Clements has also spent time in Bolivia, working with provincial judges, prosecutors, and forensic psychologists regarding enhanced assessment and intervention with children victimized by sexual aggression and other forms of interpersonal violence. Clements holds a Master’s degree in Child and Family Psychiatric /Mental Health Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychiatric Nursing, both from the University of Pennsylvania, with research that has examined the traumatic presentations and behaviors of children exposed to the homicide of a family member. Clements was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses in 2002, and was an inaugural Associate Editor of the Journal of Forensic Nursing from 2005-2012. Most recently, in 2021, he was inducted as the first Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Nursing and is an inaugural Associate Editor of the Journal of the Academy of Forensic Nursing.