Apr. 23: Ann Burgess: The Forensic Nurse Behind Mindhunter

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April 23, 2020
5:30-7:30 PM

NYU Langone Health Center
550 First Avenue
Farkas Auditorium
New York, New York, 10016

Ann Burgess DNSc, APRN, BC, FAAN pioneered the assessment and treatment of trauma in rape victims in the 1970s. She co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital.

Her groundbreaking work with victims of rape and sexual abuse led to a collaboration with FBI agents in the Behavioral Science Unit. Together they procured grants to conduct research on serial murderers, serial rapists, and child molesters. It was this collaboration that was the inspiration for the Netflix television series Mindhunter.

At this event, Dr. Burgess will review high-profile cases and the effects on the public’s view of rape. As one example of how nursing has advanced the field of forensics and victimology, a triple crime will be described involving the murder of two girls ages 8 and 9 in Zion, Illinois, the murder of a 21-year-old enlisted woman at Ft. Myer, VA and the rape and attempted abduction rape of 3 women at Alexandria, VA. This was a challenge over 10 years to forensic teams and it was nursing that collected the evidence to solve the crime.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. For more information, contact nursing.alumni@nyu.edu.

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