Dr. Draper began her career in social work after graduating from Syracuse University with her MSW. Her initial work with children and families focused on strengthening the family unit through clinical work and preventive services. After some time in the field, her focus shifted to working with families pursuing domestic and international adoption. This work helped to develop her understanding of the impact of social determinants on life-long access to resources and privilege. Dr. Draper’s interest in higher education developed through an opportunity teaching as an adjunct at Roberts Wesleyan College and which ultimately resulted in graduating from Roberts’ clinical psychology program with a desire to become a full-time faculty member.
Currently, Dr. Draper is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the BSW program. This position provides her the opportunity to help students gain a better understanding of how an individual’s behavior is shaped through their environmental experiences. She is committed to training undergraduate students in becoming compassionate and competent social workers who can understand the impact of social determinants on how clients think, feel, and behave. Throughout the last several years Dr. Draper has also been involved in international research focused on developing a clearer understanding of the impact of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Philippines.
Dr. Draper and her family are happy to call North Chili their home and can often be seen walking their boxer-beagle, Homer, around the community. Her three children are involved in sports and the family enjoys traveling and trying out new restaurants.