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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Ann Wolbert Burgess, D.N.Sc., APRN, FAAN


Ann Wolbert Burgess, D.N.S., RNCS, FAAN

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Maloney Hall 371


  • D.N.Sc. Boston University
  • M.S. University of Maryland
  • B.S. Boston University


Psychiatric/mental health response patterns of crime victims; internet crimes against children


Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess is an internationally recognized pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of trauma and abuse. She has received numerous honors including the Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn Award, the American Nurses’ Association Hildegard Peplau Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate Award. Her courtroom testimony has been described as “groundbreaking,” and she has been called a “nursing pathfinder.”

Her research with victims began when she co-founded, with Boston College sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, 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 Boston College nursing colleague Carol Hartman led to the study of very young victims and the impact of trauma on their growth and development, their families and communities. Her work continues in the study of elder abuse in nursing homes, cyberstalking, and Internet sex crimes. She teaches courses in Victimology, Forensic Science, Forensic Mental Health, Case Studies in Forensics and Forensic Science Lab.


  • 2014: Distinguished Professor, Uniform Services University Health Sciences
  • 2013: Inaugural Living Legend Awad from the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association
  • 2010: Sigma Theta Tau Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2010: Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
  • 2009: Inaugural Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Award, International Association of Forensic Nurses

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  • Moylan, G., Burgess, A. W.,  Berstein, M. & Figley, C. (in press). Motivating game-based learning efforts in higher education. To appear in International Journal of Distance Education Technologies.
  • Burgess, A. W., Lee, W. J., & Carretta, C. M. (2016). Online reporting of military sexual trauma. Military Medicine, 181(4), 350-355. doi:10.7205/milmed-d-15-00026
  • Carretta, C. M., Burgess, A. W., & Welner, M. (2015). Gaps in crisis mental health: Suicide and homicide–suicide. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29(5), 339-345. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.06.002 
  • Carretta, C. M., Burgess, A. W., & Demarco, R. (2015). To tell or not to tell. Violence Against Women, 21(9), 1145-1165. doi:10.1177/1077801215590672 
  • Burgess, A. W., Sekula, L.K. & Carretta, C.M. (2015). Homicide-suicide and duty to warn. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 43(1),  67-90.

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