Dr. Burgess, one of the nation’s leading authorities on forensic nursing, was the original chair of the ACFEI Board of Forensic Nursing. She is also a prominent author. She received her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Boston University and her master’s from the University of Maryland. Dr. Burgess cofounded one of the first hospital-based crisis intervention programs for rape victims at Boston City Hospital in 1972. Her clinical research on rape victims led to the development of the forensic nursing role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). She has written books on psychiatric nursing, crisis intervention, assessment and treatment of children, adolescent and adult sexual assault victims, and serial offenders. She has served as an expert witness in criminal and civil suits for the government as both plaintiff and defense. She was a member of the 1984 U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence and a member of the planning committee for the 1985 Surgeon General’s Symposium on Violence. Dr. Burgess was recognized in 1994 for her continuing achievements and contributions by election to the Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1996, she chaired the National Research Council’s Task Force on Violence Against Women.