Teresa Drake

Teresa Drake

Department Chairperson, Associate Professor

    Westlake Hall 248
    (309) 677-3879


Ph.D., Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences: Dietetics, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Chemistry, Illinois State University


Dr. Drake is a registered dietitian (RD) and master certified health education specialist (MCHES). She joined the department in 2013 and is the coordinator for the Public Health Education program and director of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program.


Dr. Drake teaches public health education and dietetics courses including Community Program Planning, Evaluation and Research Methods, and Public Health Intervention Strategies. She tries to incorporate authentic experiences into all of her courses to provide students real-world learning and application.


Dr. Drake’s research interests include food insecurity, community program planning and evaluation, Health At Every Size® and non-dieting approaches to health, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Nigg, J.K., Vollmer, R.L., & Drake, T. (2021). “It just feels like I’m a kid back home, with dinner made for me and the snack cabinet full”: College students’ reflections on food-related experiences during the pandemic. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 113(3), 44-52.

Chan, T., Drake, T., & Vollmer, R. (2020). Qualitative comparison of nutrition advice from registered dietitian and non-registered dietitian bloggers. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 13(1), 55-63.

Vollmer, R.L. & Drake, T. (2020). Exploration of dietetics graduate students’ experience in a flipped course using learning reflections. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(4), 407-414.

Hansen, S., Drake, T., & Vollmer, R.L. (2019). Perceptions of cooking education among high school students. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 47(4), 359-374.

Drake, T., Hunzicker, J.L., Schwend, K., & Rumba, P. (2018). Health-focused PDS partnerships: Putting the WSCC model into practice. PDS Partners: Linking Research to Practice, 13(4), 5-9.

Drake, T. & Ogletree, R.J. (2018). Development of the Health and Weight Attitudes Scale. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50(5), 506-510.


Dr. Drake serves on multiple committees at the department, college and university levels including FCS Curriculum, EHS Strategic Planning, University Senate, and Health Professions Advisory Board. She also reviews manuscripts and conference abstracts for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior and the Society for Public Health Education.

Licensures and Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)