Philosophy of Care
Dr. Drake believes that creating strong, collaborative relationships with her patients encourages positive life change and improvements in health and wellness. She focuses on identifying patient-centered treatment goals which are both relevant and realistic. She also helps patients develop new behaviors, thinking patterns and strategies to better manage stress and improve their quality of life and their relationships with others.
Dr. Drake is a fellowship trained clinical neuropsychologist who evaluates and treats adults with a range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including TBI, Stroke, movement disorders, cognitive disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders and psychiatric conditions. She has been especially interested in developing holistic care teams to emphasize the importance of the mind-body connection. She uses a range of evidence-based and integrative techniques to address this connection in her patients, including the use of focused cognitive therapies and meditative practices to reduce the effects of stress on the mind and health of her patients.
Dr. Drake has been focused on improving clinical outcomes and everyday functioning in patients with neurological and TBI for many years. She has been involved in determining how mild TBI impacts everyday functioning, including returning to work. She has also been involved in studies using advanced neuroimaging techniques to better understand the relationships between TBI and PTSD. Dr. Drake also has a great interest in teaching students and trainees about clinical neuropsychology and about the benefits of holistic care strategies, which emphasize the connection and interaction between the mind and the body.
Ph.D., Auburn University, Auburn AL 1991
M.S., Auburn University, Auburn AL 1988
B.A., University of Montana, Missoula MN 1983
Internship: Psychology Department, UC San Diego, La Jolla CA 1989-1990
Psychology Department, UC San Diego, La Jolla CA 1992-1994
California Psychology License,
Select Recent Publications
Robb-Swan A, Nichols S, Drake A, Lee R, Huang MX. Magnetoencephalography slow wave detection in patients with mild traumatic brain injury and ongoing symptoms correlated with long-term neuropsychological outcome. J Neurotrauma. 2015 Oct 1;32(19):1510–1521.
Huang M, Nichols S, Baker D, Robb A, Angeles A, Drake A. Single-subject-based Whole-brain MEG Slow-wave Imaging Approach for Detecting Abnormality in Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuroimage Clin. 2014;5:109–119. Published online 2014 Jun 16. doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2014.06.004.
Huang M, Huang C, Robb A, Drake A. MEG source imaging method using fast L1 minimum-norm and its applications to signals with brain noise and human resting-state source amplitude images. Neuroimage. 2014 Jan 1;84:585-604. Published online 2013 Sep 19. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.09.022
Huang M, Nichols S, Robb A, Angeles A, Drake A, Holland M. An Automatic MEG Low-Frequency Source Imaging Approach for Detecting Injuries in Mild and Moderate TBI Patients with Blast and Non-Blast Causes. Neuroimage. 2012 Jul 16;61(4):1067-82. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.04.029. Epub 2012 Apr 20.
Huang M, Nichols S, Baker D, Robb A, Angeles A, Drake A. Single-subject-based Whole-brain MEG Slow-wave Imaging Approach for Detecting Abnormality in Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuroimage. 2012 Jul 16;61(4):1067-82.
Schiehser D, Delis D, Filoteo V, Delano-Wood L, Han D, Jak A, Drake A, Bondi M. Are Self-Reported Symptoms of Executive Dysfunction Associated with Objective Executive Function Performance Following Mild-to-Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 2011;33(6):704-714. PMID:21958432.
Drake AI, Meyers KS, Cessante L, Cullen M, McDonald E, Holland M. Routine screening for TBI following Combat Deployments. Neurorehabilitation. 2010;26(3):183-9.
Huang MX, Theilmann RJ, Robb A, Angeles A, Nichols S, Drake A, et al. Integrated imaging approach with MEG and DTI to detect mild traumatic brain injury in military and civilian patients. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2009 Aug;26(8):1213-26. doi:10.1089/neu.2008.0672.
Han D, Suzuki H, Drake AI, Jak AJ, Houston WS, Bondi MW. Clinical, cognitive and genetic predictors of change in job status following traumatic brain injury in a military population. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2009;24(1):57-64. PMID:19158597.
Han D, Drake A, Cessante L. APoE and TBI in a military population: Evidence of a neuropsychological compensatory mechanism? J Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 2007 Oct;78(10):1103-8. PMID:17287237.