Professor Draucker received a BSN (nursing) from St. Anselm's College in1977, an MSN (psychiatric nursing) from Boston University in 1978, and a PhD (counseling psychology) from Kent State University in 1988. She joined lU in 2011 as the Angela Barron McBride Endowed Professor of Mental Health Nursing. Dr.Draucker is a psychiatric nurse and a licensed psychologist.
Before coming to IU, Professor Draucker was a Distinguished Professor at the Kent State University College of Nursing. Her research has focused on childhood sexual abuse, partner violence, teen dating violence, and adolescent depression. The aim of her research is to develop theoretical models that describe how men and women heal from interpersonal violence. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and private foundations. Professor Draucker has disseminated her work extensively in nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare journals and authored a book titled Counseling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, a volume in the Sage Counseling in Practice Series. Professor Draucker is an expert on the use of narrative approaches in nursing research.
Professor Draucker was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2011.