The recipient of such honors as the Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn Award and the American Nurses Association Hildegard Peplau Award, Burgess was most recently van Ameringen Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She will teach courses in Victimology, Forensic Science and Crime and Justice.
Burgess and Prof. Lynda Holmstrom (Sociology) co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital. She later worked with FBI Academy special agents to study serial offenders, and the links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency and subsequent perpetration. She has frequently offered expert courtroom testimony, including at the Menendez brothers trial in Los Angeles.
Burgess also has collaborated with SON faculty member Carol Hartman in studying the impact of trauma on very young victims and their families and communities.
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