Stacy Drake is an associate professor at Texas A&M University College of Nursing where she leads research and instructional activities within the Texas A&M Forensic Nursing Center of Excellence. A board certified advanced forensic nurse, she is highly regarded as a forensic nurse consultant and is providing expertise to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Dr. Drake studies populations of premature deaths with the aim of identifying preventable causes, with the long-range goal of reducing these deaths. She has led an interprofessional team of experts to define, for the first time in civilian practice, a regional trauma preventable death rate. This research provides a benchmark to identify system factors that can directly impact the future of trauma care. She led a group of nurse scientists that identified gaps within the field of forensic nursing science to serve as the foundation for improvements in forensic nursing science. Her service and dedication to this group lead to a sustainable research committee within the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Dr. Drake is one of a handful of PhD prepared forensic nurses within the death investigation realm; her expertise and background in public health gives her a unique perspective on the utility of death investigation data to the application of improving population life expectancy and quality of life.
Dr. Drake received her BSN from Bowling Green State University, MSN from The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and PhD in nursing science from Texas Woman’s University.