Dr. Linda E. Ledray is the founder and director of the SANE-SART Resource Service (SSRS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the principal investigator and managed many federally funded research grants. Currently, she provides training and consultation to many SANE–SART programs throughout the United States and overseas and, in partnership with Kinetic Learning, operates the SANE-SART Online + Clinical program.
In 1977, Dr. Ledray founded the Minneapolis-based Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS), one of the nation’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs. SARS provides competent medical-forensic services to sexual assault survivors at seven hospital sites in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Doctor Ledray served as SARS director from 1977 until 2009.
In 1992, Dr. Ledray convened the first meeting of SANEs in Minneapolis, which led to the founding of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She is on the IAFN Certification Board and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Forensic Nursing, the official IAFN journal.
Dr. Ledray has published many articles and books, including Recovering from Rape (1994), The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide (1999). She also co-authored Medical Responses to Adult Sexual Assault, A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals (2011). Her television appearances include CNN, Arthur Frommer’s Almanac and CBS This Morning.
Dr. Ledray is also the co-founder of the National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference. The SART Training Conference met every other year from 2001 until 2011 to provide interdisciplinary training to SART members.
In 2012 Dr. Ledray received the National Crime Victim Service Award from Attorney General Eric Holder for her more than 35 years of service to sexual assault victims and survivors.
Dr. Ledray received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a master’s degree in community/mental health nursing, both from the University of Washington. She earned a master’s degree in psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology and personality research from the University of Minnesota.