Ann Burgess

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Ann Wolbert Burgess
Ann Wolpert[citation needed]

(1936-10-02) October 2, 1936 (age 82)
OccupationProfessor at Boston College

Ann C. Wolbert Burgess (born October 2, 1936; middle name also spelled Wolpert[1]) is a researcher whose work has focused on developing ways to assess and treat trauma in rape victims. She is a professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College.


Burgess is a doctorally-prepared, board-certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.

She pioneered assessing and treating trauma in rape victims. She co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital with Boston College sociologist, Lynda Lytle Holmstrom. She later consulted John E. Douglas, Robert Ressler, and other FBI agents in the Behavioral Science Unit to develop modern psychological profiling for serial killers.[2][3] She has provided expert testimony on sexual assault cases.[4]


She has received multiple awards and distinctions including being named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in October 2016, and receiving the inaugural Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Award by the International Association of Forensic Nurses in 2009, Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn Award, the American Nurses Association Hildegard Peplau Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate Award. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Boston University, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) from Boston University.

Selected bibliography[edit]

The following is a partial list of Burgess's publications.


  • Burgess, Ann; Ressler, Robert; Douglas, John (1988). Sexual homicide : patterns and motives. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books. ISBN 9780669165593.
  • Burgess, Ann; Ressler, Robert; Douglas, John; Burgess, Allen (2013). Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crime. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118421536.
  • Burgess, Ann; Groth, Nicholas; Holmstrom, Lynda; Sgroi, Suzanne (1978). Sexual Assault of Children and Adolescents. Lexington Books. ISBN 9780669018929.


The Netflix series Mindhunter based the character of Dr. Wendy Carr, portrayed by Anna Torv, directly on Ann Wolbert Burgess. Several liberties were taken with the character of Dr. Carr, including making her a lesbian (Burgess is married to a man and has children) and having her move full-time down to Quantico (Burgess consulted from Boston). In addition, Ann Burgess is not a psychologist but rather a psychiatric nurse practitioner.[3]


  1. ^ Sheila Jeffreys (2008). The Idea of Prostitution. Spinifex Press. pp. 356–. ISBN 978-1-876756-67-3.
  2. ^ Frank Ochberg (17 June 2013). Post-Traumatic Therapy And Victims Of Violence. Routledge. pp. 112–. ISBN 978-1-134-84714-3.
  3. ^ a b Moon, Emily (2017-10-26). "Meet the Female Forensic Researcher Behind Netflix's 'Mindhunter'". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. (9 January 1993). "Abuse Case Focuses On Drawings By Woman". Retrieved 2018-02-02.

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