Jessica L. Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN

Clinical Professor

Education:
DNP The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
MSN  The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
BSN  The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

Contact Info:
Email: Jessica_Peck@baylor.edu
Office: Hours by Appointment
Phone: 972-576-9100 

Work and Education
Dr. Jessica Peck is a Clinical Professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON). She uses a variety of strategies to teach her students in the classroom, online, lab, and clinical settings. She holds active national credentials as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Leader. Prior to her role at Baylor, her distinguished background includes: Tenured Professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi College of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing and Will Dean Bivens Singleton Professor of Pediatric Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch. Her clinical experience includes: League City Pediatrics; Pediatric Consultants, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and UT Physicians Bay Area Pediatrics.

Professional Organizations and Honors
Dr. Peck is highly accomplished in her field. She has served in elected leadership positions in a variety of professional organizations including:  American Academy of Nursing; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; and Texas Nurse Practitioners while maintaining active membership in: Emergency Nurses Association;  National League for Nursing; National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Texas Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses and she is also involved in the Alumni Association, University of Alabama and Alumni Association, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing. Revered as a nurse leader, in 2019 Dr. Peck was honored as the Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year and was recently inducted as a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Throughout her career she has received many awards and recognitions such as: Sthe Advocate State Award for Excellence (2021) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; the 2020 Distinguished Alumni by the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama; Grassroots Advocacy Award from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; Kelly Reed APRN Community Impact Award 2018 from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board; Outstanding Nurse 2014 by the Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses Top 100 Nurses and many others.

Articles and Presentations
Dr. Peck contributes to both nursing publications and nursing associations. She has published and presented at the state, regional, national and international level on subjects related to pediatric healthcare, advanced practice nursing and human trafficking.

Community
Dr. Peck is a nationally recognized anti-human trafficking advocate, serving as Lead Medical Consultant for Unbound Houston. She served as the founding Chair of the Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT) and started the ACT Advocates grassroots advocacy program, training tens of thousands of nursing professionals at the local, state, national, and international level to respond to human trafficking in their communities. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and devoted wife and mother of four, Dr. Peck has a special interest in educating and equipping families to promote positive physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. She frequently speaks at community events, teaches parenting classes, and serves as a volunteer nurse at camp  and other community settings. She is an active member of her local church and serves in the children’s, youth, and worship ministries. Dr. Peck hosts a national podcast for several thousand listeners called TeamPeds Talks with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to engage community experts in pediatrics on social determinants of health and mental health.

Publications
Peck, J.L. (2020). A collective professional new year’s resolution. President’s Message. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 35(1) 3-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.09.005 

Peck, J.L. (2020). Child trafficking victims in pediatric surgical environments: Implications for nursing care and advocacy. Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, 9(4) 116-124). DOI: 10.1097/JPS.0000000000000266. 

Peck, J.L. (2020). Pediatric nurse practitioners: A legacy of innovation and excellence. President’s Message. Journal of  Pediatric Health Care 34(6) 520-521. DOI:10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.07.012 

Peck, J.L. (2020). Social distancing and social determinants of health.  President’s Message Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(5), 407-408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.06.004 

Peck, J.L. (2020). COVID 19: Impacts and implications for pediatric practice.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(6) 620- 629. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.07.004  

Thornberry, A., Garcia, T.J., Peck, J., & Sefcik, E. (2020). Occupational health nurses’ self-efficacy in smoking cessation interventions: An integrative review of the literature. Workplace Health and Safety, Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165079920925106 (Selected as the CE feature of the issue*) 

Peck, J.L. (2020). Keep calm and nightingale on.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(4), 302-303. President’s Message.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.04.006 

Peck, J.L., Meadows-Oliver, M., Hays, S., & Garzon-Maaks, D.  (2020). White paper: Recognizing human trafficking as a critical emerging health threat. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, online publication ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.01.005 

Peck, J.L.  (2020). Human trafficking in the clinical setting: Critical competencies for family nurse practitioners. Advances in Family Practice, 2, 169-186. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yfpn.2020.01.011 

Moreno, L. & Peck, J.L. (2020). Nurse practitioner-led telehealth to improve care access for outpatient pediatric tracheostomy management. Journal of PediatricHealth Care 34(3), 246-255. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.11.008  

Peck, J.L. (2020). Human trafficking of children: Nurse practitioner knowledge, beliefs, and experience supporting the development of a practice guideline: Part two. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(2), 177-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.11.005 

Walker, T., & Peck, J.L. (October 2019). Genetic and genomic advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Nursing for Women’s Health, in press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nwh.2019.09.003

Peck, J.L., & Meadows-Oliver, M.  (2019). Human trafficking of children: Nurse practitioner knowledge, Beliefs, and experience supporting the development of a practice guideline.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(5) 603-611.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.05.006 

Hittle-Gigli, K., Beauchesne, M., Dirks, M., & Peck, J.L.  (2019). The impact of the pediatric nurse practitioner role in the workforce and professional practice.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(3) 347-355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.02.008

Peck, J.L. (2018). How nurse practitioners can help end modern-day slavery.  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(11) 597-599.  doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000152.

Babalola, B., Hughes, A., Peck, J.L., & Murphey, C.M. (June 2018). The emerging role of race and genetics in advanced clinical practice. Clinical Advisor. https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/features/a-history-of-race-and-the-emerging-role-of-genetics-in-primary-care/

International Presentations
Peck, J
., & Meadows-Oliver, M.  (2019). Human trafficking of children: Nurse practitioner knowledge, Beliefs, and experience supporting the development of a practice guideline. Poster/Podium presentation at the 30th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Nursing, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2019.  

Regional, State and National Presentations
Peck, J. (2020, September). Human trafficking of children:Raising awareness to identify victims in the clinical setting. Keynote Presentation at the Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, Dallas, TX. (Virtual due to COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, April). Identifying, Responding to Human Trafficking in Clinical Settings. Keynote presentation for the Society of Pediatric Nurses. Anaheim, California. Canceled because of COVID-19. (invited) 

Peck, J. (2020, February). Identifying, Responding to Human Trafficking in Clinical Settings. Statewide webinar presentation for Texas Nurses Association. 50+ satellite sites registered for participation. (invited) 

Peck, J. (2020, January). Human Trafficking: Identifying and TreatingVictims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at 2020 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Advanced Practice Provider Conference: Advocacy in Advanced Practice, Chicago, Illinois. (invited) 

Peck, J. (2020, January). Human Trafficking: Identifying and TreatingVictims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at Methodist Healthcare System for National Human Trafficking Awareness Week, Houston, TX. (invited) 

Peck, J. (2020, January). Learning, Leading and Serving in Nursing. Podium Presentation for Convocation at Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University, Dallas, TX. (invited) 

Peck, J.L.., & Moreno, L. (2020, October 1). Telehealth Innovations: Best Practices and Emerging Paradigms for COVID-19 and Beyond. Virtual presentation to the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, hosted by Johns Hopkins University. (Invited Panel Presenter with providers from Stanford, England, Texas, & Australia).  

Peck, J.L.. (2020, August 19). Human trafficking of children: Raising awareness to identify victims in the clinical setting. Virtual presentation to the Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People, Maudsley Hospital, Camberwell, London, England. (Invited Academic Day Presenter).  

Peck, J. (2020, October 22). Human Trafficking: Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed, Culturally-Responsive Care in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at the Transcultural Nursing Society 46th Annual Conference: Many Cultures One World, Louisville, Kentucky. (invited, conference virtual- COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, October 23). National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Response to COVID-19 and racial disparities. Podium Presentation to the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Board, San Diego, California. (invited, conference virtual due to COVID-19).  

Peck, J. (2020, October 22). Human Trafficking: Identifying and TreatingVictims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at the North Texas Institute for Nurse Educators, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. (invited, conference virtual- COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, September). Newborn Congenital Disorders. Podium Presentation at the Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, Dallas,TX. (Virtual due to COVID-19).  

Peck, J. (2020, September). From the Clinic to the Classroom: An Academic Survival Guide. Podium Presentation at the Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, Dallas,TX. (Virtual due to COVID-19).  

Peck, J.; Pizzuro, J.; & Hitchens, T (2020, Sept. 2). Internet safety webinar series: Back to school! Internet safety 101: How predators identify, groom, and exploit youth online. Shared Hope International. Invited online panelist.  

Peck, J.; Zielinski, T. (2020, August 5). ACT Advocates Workshop: Stop Child Trafficking in Your Community. New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council, Fall National Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Virtual due to COVID-19) (invited) 

Peck, J. (2020, July). Human Trafficking: AchievingCore Competencies and ImplementingOrganizational Protocols. Podium Presentation at the NationalNurse Practitioner Symposium, Keystone, CO. (Virtual due to COVID-19). (Invited). 

Peck, J. (2020, July). iGen Teens: Emerging Health Impacts of Social Media on Adolescent Health. Podium Presentation at the NationalNurse Practitioner Symposium, Keystone, CO. (Virtual due to COVID-19). (Invited).  

Peck, J. (2020, June).  From the clinic to the classroom: An academic survival guide. Podiumpresentation at the NationalConference for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, New Orleans, LA. (Canceled due to COVID-19).  

Peck, J. (2020, June). Human Trafficking: Achieving Core Competencies and ImplementingOrganizational Protocols. Podium presentation at the National Conference for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, New Orleans, LA. (Canceled due to COVID-19).  

Peck, J. (2020, June). COVID-19: Shining a light on pediatric issues and educating pediatric-focused NPs to provide care and equip families. Podium Presentation at the virtual conference of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. (invited, conference virtual- COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, May). Human Trafficking: Identifying and TreatingVictims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at the NPACE Conference, Clearwater, FL. (invited, conference virtual- COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, May). iGen Teens: Emerging Health Impacts of Social Media on Adolescent Health. Podium Presentation at the NPACE Conference, Clearwater, FL. (invited, conference virtual- COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, April). Human trafficking: Identifying and treatingvictims in the clinical setting. Virtual presentation at the Annual Spring Conference, Texas Nurse Practitioners, San Antonio, TX. (invited, conference virtual-COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, March). Human trafficking: Identifying and treatingvictims in the clinical setting. Podium presentation at the 41st Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Long Beach, CA. (invited, conference canceled COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, March). From the clinic to the classroom: An academic survival guide. Podium presentation at the 41st Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Long Beach, CA. (invited, conference canceled COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, March). Human trafficking of children: Nurse practitioner knowledge, beliefs and experience supporting the development of a practice guideline. Poster presentation at the 41st Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Long Beach, CA. (invited, conference canceled COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, March). Human trafficking: identifying and treatingvictims in the clinical setting. Podium Presentation at National Conference for Nurse Practitioners, Wolters Kluwer, Nashville, TN. (invited, conference canceled COVID-19). 

Peck, J. (2020, March). Legislative visit: How to communicate effectively with legislators. Panel presentation at the Annual Capitol Day of Texas Nurse Practitioners, Austin, TX. 

Peck, J. (2019, October). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners, Houston, TX.

Peck, J.L.. (2019, November). Human trafficking of children: Nurse practitioner knowledge, beliefs and experience supporting the development of a practice guideline. Poster presentation at the National Conference of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA, (accepted).

Peck, J.; Zielinski, T. (2019, October). ACT Advocates Workshop: Stop Child Trafficking in Your Community. American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Fall National Conference. Las Vegas, NV. (invited)

Peck, J.; Zielinski, T. (2019, September). ACT Advocates Workshop: Stop Child Trafficking in Your Community. Emergency Nurses Association, National Conference. Austin, TX. (invited)

Peck, J. (2019, September). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at the Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

Peck, J. (2019, September). iGen Teens: Emerging Health Impacts of Social Media on Adolescent Health. Podium Presentation at the Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

Peck, J. (2019, August).  Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at the NPACE Conference, San Diego, CA.

Peck, J. (2019, July).  Human Trafficking: Achieving Core Competencies and Implementing Organizational Protocols. Podium Presentation at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Keystone, CO.

Peck, J. (2019, July).  Congenital Disorders of the Newborn: Early Identification of Genomic Conditions and Genomic Advances.  Podium presentation at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Keystone, CO.

Peck, J. (2019, June).  Human Trafficking: Achieving Core Competencies and Implementing Organizational Protocols.  Podium presentation at the National Conference for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners- NPs: Keeping Healthcare on Track, Indianapolis, IN.

Peck, J. (2019, June).  Congenital Disorders of the Newborn: Early Identification of Genomic Conditions and Genomic Advances.  Podium presentation at the National Conference for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners- NPs: Keeping Healthcare on Track, Indianapolis, IN.

Peck, J. (2019, June).  Emerging Health Impacts of Social Media on Adolescent Health.  Podium presentation at the National Conference for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners- NPs: Keeping Healthcare on Track, Indianapolis, IN

Peck, J. (2019, April). Congenital Disorders of the Newborn: Advanced Physical Assessment Skills for Early Identification of Genomic Conditions; Podium presentation at the Texas Children’s Hospital Advanced Practice Provider Conference, Houston, TX.

Peck, J. (2019, April). Clinical Partnerships with Professional Nursing Organizations: Expert Education on Emerging Healthcare (Human Trafficking).  Podium Presentation, National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculty annual conference, Atlanta, GA.

Peck, J.; Zielinski, T. (2019, March). ACT Advocates Workshop.  National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, New Orleans, LA.

Peck, J. (2019, Feb). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  Baylor College of Nursing, DNP Students, Dallas, TX.

Peck, J. (2019, Jan). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Alamo Chapter, San Antonio, TX.

Peck, J. (2019, Jan). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, Houston, TX.

Peck, J. (2018, Nov). Health Disparities in Human Trafficking of Children: Reframing as a Public Health IssuePodium presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Peck, J. (2018, Nov). National Policy Update: State of NP Laws Across the Country, on behalf of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  Podium presentation at the 2nd Annual Texas Healthcare Policy & Leadership Conference. Texas Nurse Practitioners. Austin, Texas.

Peck, J. (2018, Nov). Human Trafficking: Interprofessional Collaborative Approaches.  Keynote presentation, Annual Scholarship Day 2018, Texas Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX.

Peck, J. (2018, Oct). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  Keynote presentation, Texas A&M College of Health Professions, College Station, TX.

Babalola, O., Hughes, A. Peck, J., & Murphey, C.  (2018, Sept). The Emerging Role of Race and Genetics in Advanced Clinical PracticePoster presentation at the 30th Annual Conference, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Dallas, TX.

Peck, J. (2018, Sept). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  Podium presentation at the 30th Annual Conference, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Dallas, TX.

Peck, J. (2018, Sept). Congenital Disorders of the Newborn: Advanced Physical Assessment Skills for Early Identification of Genomic Conditions; Podium presentation at the 30th Annual Conference, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Dallas, TX.

Peck, J. (2018, Aug).  Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  Podium presentation at Nursing Professional Day 2018, Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, Houston, Texas

Peck, J. (2018, June).  Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  Podium presentation at the National Conference for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners- NPs: Moving Mountains in Healthcare, Denver, CO.

Peck, J. (2018, May). Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in the Clinical Setting. Podium presentation at the POPS National Conference, Pediatric Orthopaedic Practitioners Society, Austin, TX.

Larson, E. K., Peck, J., &Silvers, S. (2018, April). One Child's Food Fight: A Case Study of Oral Immunotherapy Treatment for Food Allergies. Poster presentation at San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas.

Peck, J. (2018, April). Health Care Role in Human Trafficking.  Invited podium presentation at The Brazoria County United Front Conference: An Effort in Forging an Effective Coalition to Fight Human Trafficking in Our Community, UnBound Houston, Angleton, TX.

Peck, J. (2018, March). Congenital Disorders of the Newborn: Advanced Physical Assessment Skills for Early Identification of Genomic Conditions; Podium presentation at the 39th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Chicago, IL.

Peck, J. (2018, March). Full Practice Authority, a Podium presentation at the 39th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Chicago, IL.

Peck, J. (2018, March). Social Media Use and Sexually Risky Behaviors in Teens: Being a Tech Savvy Provider in a Digital Native World.  Podium presentation at the 39th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Chicago, IL

Keynote Presentations
Peck,
J. (2019, October). Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting. Podium Presentation at the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners, King of Prussia, PA. (invited)

Peck, J. (2019, October). The Effective Use of APRNs in Texas, Coastal Bend Association of Advanced Practice Nurses The USS Lexington, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Peck, J. (2019, May). Scholar, Leader, Servant: A Journey in Nursing, Sigma Nursing Honor Society Induction, TAMUCC, Corpus Christi, TX.
 

Op-Eds
Peck, J. (2020, Sept. 6th). Jessica Peck: COVID-19 puts more children and teenagers at risk of sex and labor trafficking:  Kids at home, bored and lonely, are targets for online predators. [Editorial]. Dallas Morning News. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2020/09/06/covid-19-puts-more-children-and-teenagers-at-risk-of-sex-and-labor-trafficking/ 

Peck, J. (2020, Aug. 21st). Jessica Peck: Pandemic causes surge of human trafficking of children. Houston Chronicle. Op Ed. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Opinion-Pandemic-causes-surge-of-human-15499397.php

Peck, J. (2020, June 12). Jessica Peck: Give nurses a voice in health care policy? [Op-Ed]. Waco Tribune-Herald. https://www.wacotrib.com/opinion/columns/guest_columns/jessica-peck-give-nurses-a-voice-in-health-care-policy/article_eb9c6cf8-02da-5a53-a270-58091a715ccc.html 

Peck, J. (2020, June 17). Jessica Peck: Nurses are respected, but are we listening to them? [Editorial]. Dallas Magazine. https://www.dmagazine.com/healthcare-business/2020/06/dr-jessica-peck-nurses-are-respected-but-are-we-listening-to-them/