Rubenstein Lecture Spotlights BC Expert on Trauma, Abuse Treatment

Rubenstein Lecture Spotlights BC Expert on Trauma, Abuse Treatment

By Kathleen Sullivan
Staff Writer

Prof. Ann Burgess (CSON), an expert in the treatment of victims of abuse and trauma, will present the Connell School of Nursing's A. Daniel Rubenstein Lecture in Gerontology on Tuesday, April 9, in Gasson 100.

The lecture, "Elder Mistreatment and Forensic Issues," will begin at 5 p.m., following a 4 p.m. reception. The event is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending should contact CSON at ext.2-2230 by Friday, April 5.

Burgess' research is currently focused on elder abuse in nursing homes, cyberstalking, and Internet sex crimes. She is conducting a National Institute of Justice-sponsored study on forensic markers in elder sexual abuse.

Her research with victims began when she and Prof. Lynda Lytle Holmstrom (Sociology) co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital. She then worked with FBI Academy special agents to study serial offenders, and the links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration. Her work with Prof. Emeritus Carol Hartman (CSON) led to the study of very young victims and the impact of trauma on their growth and development, their families and communities.

The lecture is made possible by a gift to Boston College from the friends and associates of the late A. Daniel Rubenstein, MD, who served as director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Hospital Facilities and deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The event is co-sponsored by Salter Healthcare Services.


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