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Jessica L. Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN, is a clinical professor of nursing at Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, and a pediatric nurse practitioner, certified nurse educator, and clinical nurse leader. Her recent awards include the Texas Nurse Practitioners TNP of the Year, Distinguished Alumni for the University of Alabama and University of Texas Medical Branch, National League for Nursing NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award, and American Nurses Association Nursing Champion Award for advocacy. She is also a 2-time American Nurses Association Nurses’ Hall of Fame inductee for nursing journal article of the year. Peck is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing.

Peck is an internationally recognized anti-trafficking advocate and in-demand national speaker on anti-trafficking and child health promotion. She serves as lead medical consultant for Unbound Houston in Texas and was instrumental in the passage of the state’s House Bill 2059, mandating continuing education for all care providers in Texas. As president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, she created the Alliance for Children in Trafficking and served as founding chair. She served as consultant to the US Congress and worked with the US Department of Health and Human Services and an interprofessional team to create core competencies for health professionals caring for individuals exploited and abused through trafficking.

As a nurse practitioner and mother of 4 children, she has a special interest in educating and equipping families to promote positive physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual health. She is the author of clinical articles for peer-reviewed journals, a regular contributor for parenting magazines, and a frequent guest on radio, television, and other media. Her book, Behind Closed Doors: A Guide for Parents and Teens to Navigate Through Life’s Toughest Issues, is forthcoming in October 2022.

Follow her on Facebook and Twitter, @DrPeckPNP, and on Instagram, @dr.nurse.mama.