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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Burgess, PhD, APRN, BC, FAANP

Associate Dean for Nursing Practice & Clinical Professor
Director, DNP and MSN Programs
College of Nursing

Phone: (803) 777-2219
Fax: (803) 777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States



Dr. Burgess received her BSN in 1975, her MN and her Family NP Certificate in 1983 and her PhD in 2003 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


High-risk teens
Partner abuse

Dr. Burgess’ area of research is varied but focuses on vulnerable populations and health promotion and risk reduction.  Her dissertation centered on teen partner abuse and she developed the first psychometric instrument to measure teen partner abuse.  She also works with the School of Public Health investigating exercise in HIV patients.   Dr. Burgess makes numerous EBP presentations including health policy, reimbursement, and scope of practice issues for advanced practice nursing.  


Dr. Burgess’ area of pedagogy is primarily teaching in the graduate curriculum focusing on the Nurse Practitioner Courses and Health Politics/Health Policy Courses for DNP and other Doctoral students. 


Burgess, S. Documentation and Billing Compliance for APRNS. February 2010. Charleston, SC.  

Lyerly, G., Blair, S., Dunn, A., Marcus, B., Addy, C., Burgess, S., Durstine, L., Hand, G. "Effects of lifestyle physical activity intervention on overweight and obesity in previously sedentary individuals." SEACSM Abstracts. November 2009.

Burgess,S. “Normal’s and Abnormals of Conducting Female Exams.” APRN Conference. Sept 2009. Myrtle Beach.

Burgess, S. & Norwood, V. “Education in Action.” Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship. February 2009. Columbia, SC.

Burgess, S. "Documentation and Billing Compliance." 16th Annual APRN Conference. October 2009. Hilton Head, SC.  

Burgess, S. “Teen Partner Abuse.” South Carolina Women & Girls Sexual Health Symposium. June 2009. Columbia, SC. 

Burgess, S. "Evidence Based Practice." SC Hospital Magnet Conference. April 2008. Columbia, SC.

Herman, J & Burgess, S. "Evidence Based Practice." September 2008. Augusta, GA.

Herman, J & Burgess, S. "Evidence Based Practice." October 2008. Montgomery, AL.

Burgess, S. "Billing Update for APRNs." APRN Fall Conference, 2008. Myrtle Beach, SC.

Johnson, M. & Burgess, S. "Expanding Scope of Practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Access to Care: A Legislative Initiative." AANP Conference, 2008. Washington, DC. 

Thomas, A. & Burgess, S. "Factors that Predict Teen Partner Abuse." Discovery Day, USC, April 2008. Columbia, SC. 

Burgess, S. "APRNs and Political Update." NPFG Annual Symposium, October 2007. Columbia, SC. 

Burgess, S. "Documentation and Billing Compliance." 15th Annual APRN Conference. October 2007. Hilton Head, SC.  

Burgess, S. "Evidence Based Practice for Peri-Operative Nurses." SE Regional Peri-operative Nurses Association Meeting, October 2007. Columbia, SC.   

Roberts, D. & Burgess, S. "Nurses Perception of Pain Management." Palmetto Health National Nurses Week Nursing Research Day, May 2007. Columbia, SC.

Professional Service

Dr. Burgess is a member of various professional associations including Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Xi, American Nurses Association, SC Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and NONPF. Dr. Burgess is currently elected to the Richland Two School Board of Trustees, serving as Chair for 2011-2012.

Professional Practice

Dr. Burgess has practiced in various health care organizations including Lexington Medical Center Critical Care, USC Women and Family Healthcare Center, USC Children and Family Healthcare Center, SC Department of Mental Health Women’s Health, and Palmetto Health Baptist Emergency.

Research Studies (Selected)

Center for Information Technology. Health Sciences Carolina. (2010). Approved. Burgess, S.  

Expanded Primary Care Services to an Urban Area – Competitive Continuation. HRSA. (2010) - $706,000.00 - Submitted. Burgess, S.

Expanded Primary Care Services to an Urban Area – Competitive Continuation. HRSA. (2009) - $807,297.00 - Approved but not funded due to lack of HRSA monies. Burgess, S.                                 

Home-based exercise for prevention of HIV-associated cardiovascular disease. NIH. (2009) - $500,000. Hand, G. Durstine, L., Phillips, K., Burgess, S.                               

Effects of exercise in African Americans with, or at risk of prostate cancer. American Cancer Society. (2007-2011) - $525,151.              
Risk Factors and Teen Partner Abuse. Project to be completed May 2008. $1000.

Be-Well Study on Employee Wellness. University of South Carolina. (2007) - $10,000.

The effect of long-term physical activity on markers of metabolic dysfunction and inflammation in elderly prostate cancer patients. South Carolina Cancer Center. (2006-2007) - $24,500. Funded and ongoing.

Partner abuse scale for teens. Development and initial psychometric testing. Alpha Xi, Sigma Theta Tau. $850 (Funded).

A collaborative investigation of barriers to practice of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives. J.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Southern Rural Access Health Program. $59,876.00. (Funded). 

Publications (Selected)

Wesley D. Dudgeon, Kenneth D. Phillips, J. Larry Durstine, Stephanie E. Burgess, G. William Lyerly, J. Mark Davis, Gregory A.Hand (2010). Individual exercise sessions alter circulating hormones and cytokines in HIV-infected men. Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism.

Diaz, D., Gordon, B., Dompier, T., Burgess, S., Dumke, C., Caldwell, T., & Kostek, M. (2010). Therapeutic ultrasound effects of IGF-I Splice variant expression in human skeletal muscle. American Journal of Sports Medicine. In press.

Dudgeon, W., Phillips, K., Durstine, L., Burgess, S., Lyerly, W., Davis, J., & Hand, G. (2009). Individual exercise sessions alter circulating hormones and cytokines in HIV infected men. National Research Council of Canada.  

Hand G.A., K.D. Phillips, W.D.Dudgeon, G.W. Lyerly, J.L. Durstine, and S.E Burgess (2008). Moderate intensity exercise training reverses functional aerobic impairment in HIV-infected individuals. AIDS Care 20: XX, 2008. Published online.

G.W. Lyerly, K.D. Phillips, W.D. Dudgeon, S. Burgess, J.L. Durstine, and G.A. Hand. (2008). Moderate-intensity Aerobic and Resistance Training Increases Lean Tissue Mass and Strength In HIV-infected Men. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 40 (Supplement 5). B-48, 2008.

Hand, Gregory A., Phillips, Kenneth D., Dudgeon Wesley D., Burgess, Stephanie E., Durstine, Larry, & Lyerly, G. William. (2007). Moderate Intensity Exercise Training Reversed Functional Aerobic Impairment in HIV infected Individuals. Journal of AIDS Care.   

Lyerly G.W., Phillips K.D., Dudgeon W.D., Smith S., Burgess S.E., Duncan B.M., Durstine J.L., and Hand, G.A. (2007). Effects of aerobic and resistance exercise training on strength in HIV-infected men. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 38 (Suppl. 5): F25, 2007.

Dudgeon, W.D., Phillips, K.D., Burgess, S.E., Durstine, J.L., and Hand, G.A. (2006). Moderate-Intensity Exercise Improves Mental Health and Mood in HIV-Infected Persons. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 38:(Suppl. 5):S54.

Dudgeon W.D., Phillips, K.D., Burgess, S.E., Durstine. J.L., and Hand, G.A. (2005). Lean Tissue Mass and Fat Mass Changes in HIV-infected Persons Following Moderate Intensity Exercise Training. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise 37(5 Suppl.) S127.

Burgess, S.E. & Tavakoli, A. (2005). Psychometric Assessment of the Burgess-Partner Abuse Scale for Teens (B-PAST).  Aquichan, 5(1), 96-107.

Dudgeon W.D., Phillips K.D., Bopp C.M., Burgess S.M., Durstine J.L., and Hand, G.A. (2004). Effects of 6 weeks of aerobic and resistance training on health of HIV-infected individuals. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 36(5 Suppl.): G28.

Burgess, S.E., Pruitt, R.H., Maybee, P., Metz, A.E., & Leuner, J. (2003). Rural and urban physicians' perceptions regarding the role and practice of the nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and certified nurse midwife. Journal of Rural Health, 19(S), 321-328.

Book Chapters:

Boyd, M., Burgess, S., Baliko, B. Caring for abused persons. (In Contemporary Psychiatric Nursing, 2011; JB Lippincott, 2011 - In press). 

Boyd, M. & Burgess, S. (2007). Caring for abused persons. (In Contemporary Psychiatric Nursing; JB Lippincott.