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Nursing Professors To Be Inducted Into New International Nurse Researcher Hall Of Fame

Chestnut Hill, MA (5-4-10) – Two Boston College Connell School of Nursing professors will be inducted into the newly created Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, according to an announcement from Sigma Theta Tau International, the international nursing honor society.

CSON Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess, a pioneer in the field of forensic nursing whose seminal research on victims and perpetrators of sexual assault has informed nurses as well as those in the criminal justice field, and CSON Professor and Nurse Theorist Sister Callista Roy, whose Roy Adaptation Model nursing theory is taught throughout the world, are among the inaugural class of 22 esteemed nurse researcher inductees.

The recognition “eternally honors” nurse researchers “who have achieved long-term, broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves,” according to Sigma Theta Tau International. The induction ceremony will take place at the International Nursing Research Congress in Orlando in July.

“Being named to the STTI International Hall of Fame is a singular honor. That the Connell School of Nursing has been honored to have two inductees, Sr. Callista Roy and Dr. Ann Burgess, is a reflection of the important research that is being done at the Connell School of Nursing and of the caliber of the faculty which includes such international world leaders as Dr. Roy and Dr. Burgess,” said CSON Dean Susan Gennaro.

“STTI’s research congress is the most appropriate venue for this recognition,” says Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International President Karen H. Morin. “STTI is a pioneer in funding and disseminating nursing research, and for more than 20 years, STTI’s research congress has attracted hundreds of nurse leaders representing more than three dozen countries.”


Ann Burgess
Burgess’ work in forensics, victimology and trauma began back in the 1970s when she co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs for rape victims. Burgess co-wrote a groundbreaking article that ushered the phrase “rape trauma syndrome” into both medical and legal lexicons. Her research and books cover topics such as serial killers and rapists, kidnapping, sexual victimization and exploitation of children, cyber crimes, sexual abuse and elder abuse. She has worked extensively with the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI, training special agents and developing criminal profiles. Burgess also is a sought-after expert witness in courtroom proceedings.

In 2009, the International Association of Forensic Nurses established the Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Award to honor an individual who has made exceptional research contributions to the field of forensic nursing, through clinical program development, scientific achievement, legislative changes, or educational activities.

Burgess helped to establish a master’s specialty in forensic nursing at the Connell School and teaches courses such as Case Studies in Forensics, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Lab and Victimology.


Callista Roy
Sr. Roy is known for the nurse theory that bears her name, the Roy Adaptation Model, which defines individuals as adaptive systems and emphasizes the role of the nurse in the promotion of adaptation. She has lectured on it in some 30 countries on five continents.

“It is indeed a joy-filled honor to be selected as an inaugural inductee into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and to have my lifetime achievements in and contributions to research and commitment to mentoring future nurse researchers be recognized,” said Sr. Roy. “It has been a privilege to have so many opportunities to contribute to nursing knowledge and to mentor others in this significant endeavor to promote the good of society by enhancing health.”

Other honors for Sr. Roy include being named a "Living Legend" by both the American Academy of Nursing and the Massachusetts Registered Nurses Association. Sr. Roy has 130 publications, including about a dozen books with translations in 12 languages. She has received 42 research and training grants; several teaching awards; four honorary doctorates; and national awards from STTI, the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association and the National League for Nursing. She also received Massachusetts State House recognition for her volunteer work with women in prison.

Sr. Roy teaches doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has inducted more than 400,000 members in 86 countries. More information about STTI can be found at

--Kathleen Sullivan, Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs,