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Emily Drake, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems

Office: CMNEB 3007
Phone: (434) 924-0126
Email: eje@Virginia.EDU
Fax: (434) 243-8372
It’s an honor and a privilege to teach students at the University of Virginia.

Associate Professor Emily Drake, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN, is on faculty at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She teaches courses in maternal-child health and has held a clinical position in Labor & Delivery for many years. Her specialties include high-risk pregnancy, infant development, breastfeeding, and technology.

She is the author of several book chapters and publications in journals such as JOGNN, Journal of Perinatal Education, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and Neonatal Network. She has presented at numerous conferences, workshops and special events. She served on the national board of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and is an active member of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA). She has held certifications in lactation consulting, in-patient obstetrics, and neonatal resuscitation.

Emily holds a MSN and BSN from the University of Virginia and received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her dissertation topic was, “Method of Infant Feeding as a Predictor of Maternal Responsiveness.” Her current research is in the area of Postpartum Depression.

She is also Mom to 2 great children, Amelie and Richard. In her spare time, she enjoys skydiving, skiing down really big mountains, and taking power naps whenever she can!


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Research Focus

Postpartum depression, breastfeeding, maternal responsiveness, infant development, technology.

Clinical Focus

High risk pregnancy, labor and delivery, newborn.

Teaching Focus

Maternal child health.


Journal Articles

Gurka, K. K., Hornsby, P. P., Drake, E., Mulvihill, E. M., Kinsey, E. N., Yitayew, M. S., ... Kellams, A. L. (2014). Exploring intended infant feeding decisions among low-income women. Breastfeeding Medicine, 9(8), 377-384. doi:10.1089/bfm.2014.0013

Whitlow, M. L., Drake, E., Tullmann, D., Hoke, G. & Barth, D. (2014). Bringing technology to the bedside: Using smartphones to improve interprofessional communication. Computers in Informatics, 32(7), 305-311. doi:10.1097/cin.0000000000000063

de Lourdes de Souza, M., Laurenti, R., Knobel, R., Monticelli, M., Bruggemann, O.M., Drake, E. (2013). Maternal mortality due to hemorrhage in Brazil. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagan, 21(3), 711-718.

Corriveau, S. K., Drake, E. E., Kellams, A. L., Rovnyak, V. G. (2013). Evaluation of an office protocol to increase exclusivity of breastfeeding. Pediatrics, 131(5), 942-950.

Baernholdt, M., Drake, E., Maron, F., & Neymark, K. (2013). Fostering internationalization: An American–Danish semester-long undergraduate nursing student exchange program. International Nursing Review, 60(2), 221-227. doi:10.1111/inr.12005

Drake, E., Howard, E., & Kinsey, E. (2013). Online screening and referral for postpartum depression: An exploratory study. Community Mental Health Journal, (Advance online publication), 1-7. doi:10.1007/s10597-012-9573-3

Drake,Emily, Coolidge,Gayle (2010). Postpartum depression: Don't let patients suffer in silence. American Nurse Today, 5(12), 1-5.

Drake, E. & Gibson, M. (2010). Update on expanded newborn screening: Issues for consideration. Nursing for Women's Health, 14(3), 199-211.

Drake,Emily E.,Humenick,Sharron S.,Amankwaa,Linda,Younger,Janet,Roux,Gayle (2007). Predictors of Maternal Responsiveness.. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39(2), 119-125. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2007.00156.x

Drake,Emily E. (2002). The Power of Story. Journal of Perinatal Education, 11(2), ix-xi.

Drake,E. (1999). Internet technology: resources for perinatal nurses. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 28(1), 15-21.

Drake,E. (1995). Discharge teaching needs of parents in the NICU. Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 14(1Using Smart Source Parsing Feb; (20 ref)), 49-53.

Awards & Honors

  • Volunteer Hall of Fame, March of Dimes (2010)
  • Susan Hickman Research Award, Postpartum Support International (PSI) (2009)
  • Verhonick Award for Clinical Research, Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Kappa Chapter (2005)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UVA School of Nursing Alumni Association (2000)
  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Virginia, School of Nursing (1997, 1999)
  • Best Clinical Research Poster Award, AWHONN Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses Section Meeting (1994)


  • "Online Screening for Postpartum Depression: A Pilot Study"
    Marce Society International Perinatal Mental Health Research Meeting, Pittsburg, PA
    (October 28, 10)
  • "Breastfeeding: A Curious History"
    AWHONN National Meeting: Sharing Science, Las Vegas, NV
    (September 28, 10)
  • “Clinical Teaching Strategies that Work”
    Universitas 21, International Health Sciences Meeting, Charlottesville, VA
    (May 20, 08)
  • “Predictors of Maternal Responsiveness”
    National Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) conference, Baltimore, MD
    (June 10, 06)
  • “Inspiring Leadership"
    Week of the Nurse, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
    (May 5, 06)

Professional Service

  • Infant Mortality Work Group, Virginia State Health Commissioner (2008-2009)
  • Vice President, Alumni Council, UVA SON Alumni Association (2006-2009)
  • Program Services/Grant Review , March of Dimes, Virginia (2007-2009)
  • Virginia Section Chair, AWHONN, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (2006-2008)
  • Chapter President, Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Kappa Chapter, Nursing Honor Society (1998-2000)
  • Board of Directors, Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Kappa Chapter, Nursing Honor Society (1996-2004)
  • Editorial Board, JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (1999-2001)
  • Board of Directors, AWHONN, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neontal Nurses (2011-2012)
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