Dr. Ann Burgess
Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, APRN, BC, FAAN is Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Boston College Connell School of Nursing and Professor Emerita from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelors and doctoral degree from Boston University and her masters degree from the University of Maryland. She teaches five forensic courses: Victimology, Forensic Mental Health, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Lab, and Wounded Warriors in Transition. She, with Lynda Lytle Holmstrom (Boston College), co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis intervention programs for rape victims at Boston City Hospital. She is licensed as an advanced practice nurse in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, where she also maintains prescriptive authority. Dr. Burgess has testified as an expert witness in 30 states and has received grant and published articles on the topics of rape trauma, child sexual abuse, child pornography, serial offenders, crime classification, post-traumatic stress, elder abuse, and mental disorders.
Ann was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1977, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in October 1994 and chaired the 1996 National Research Council's Task Force on Violence Against Women. She was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2016. She helped write an online course in military sexual trauma as a Visiting Professor at the Uniform Services University of the Health Science in Bethesda. Her current practice projects are the College Warrior Athlete Initiative and Medical Release of Terminally Ill Inmates. Her research and work with the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy is featured in the Netflix series, Mindhunter, where actress Anna Torv plays Ann’s counterpart, Dr. Wendy Carr.