Lieutenant JG Harper Drake

Name Harper Amelie Drake M.D., Ph.D.

Position Forensic Psychologist

Rank Lieutenant JG


Stats

  • 23 Mission Posts

Last Post

2017-09-12 21:35

Character Information

Op Code Name Psyche
Personal Quote "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Gender Female
Species Human
Birthdate December 6, 2385
Languages Federation Standard, Romulan, some Klingon, and American Sign Language

Physical Appearance

Height 5'9"
Weight 139 lbs.
Hair Color Red
Eye Color Green
Physical Description Harper is tall and slender, and though she possesses a dancer’s natural grace, she has always thought of herself as physically awkward and barely feminine. She doesn’t think herself ugly, but she doesn’t consider herself particularly attractive either, and she is not one to spend much time worrying about or attending to her appearance. Her pale complexion reflects a preference for indoor activities and she is unapologetic about her distaste for physical exercise.
She prefers to wear her red curly hair up when working and dresses for comfort over style. She selects clothing with color over gray or black garb, but it’s rare to see her dressed in anything that calls much attention to her appearance. Her eyes are the truest window into her emotional state, though she has learned through her training how to maintain an air of professionalism at all times. With patients and colleagues, she has learned how to let down her guard and will often show a mischievous and playful side.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Parents Father: Scott Drake, Civilian Cargo Hauler (deceased)
Sibling(s) None
Other Family None

Personality Growing up, Harper learned “doing” was prized far more than “talking.” Consequently, at times, she is quite reserved, preferring to simply observe and speak when spoken to. With friends, or when speaking of her work, however, she can be much more outgoing and speaks with far more candor than people expect. She uses sarcasm and humor to put people at ease, and is cool under pressure.

Harper is a skilled diagnostician and practitioner who has the experience, in and out of the fleet, to excel in whatever medical or counseling position she is called to serve. She is not the type to rest on her laurels, however, and makes it a priority to stay informed of the latest research. Drake is not easily intimidated, but doesn’t like to throw her weight around, unless she thinks it will get her what she needs for her patients. She will pursue what is best for those she works with, no matter the consequence. She is well-regarded as a supervisor and is respected by experienced and inexperienced clinicians alike.

Over the years, Drake’s contempt for the bureaucracy of Starfleet has grown, though she still believes strongly in its ideals and principles. She is a team player, but considers herself a healer first and foremost, and has been known to be somewhat vocal and irreverent when it comes to what she considers to be the ridiculous rules and regulations surrounding Starfleet and its treatment of mental health professionals.

At first glance, Harper doesn’t seem like the sort of woman who would be insecure about her physical attractiveness, but deep down, she is. Having never quite fit in with her own family, she carries with her a feeling that she has never quite, and never will, measure up, as a potential wife and mother. She has a tendency to keep people at arm’s length and to use her work as the excuse. She also fears being abandoned by the people she cares about, as within her soul, she hasn’t quite gotten over being abandoned by her birth parents.

Having grown up in a family where she didn’t feel as though she quite fit in, Harper’s greatest desire is to find a man to share her life with and to have children. However, she is equally passionate about her career and understands the two desires aren’t very compatible. She is proud of her rank and position, primarily because with it comes greater power to help alleviate suffering, but as long as she is free to make a difference and permitted her independence, she is happy.
Hobbies & Interests Drake enjoys intellectual pursuits over physical ones, including reading and conducting her own research. Her guilty pleasure is watching twenty-first century North American soap operas.

Personal History Harper’s life, or rather, what she knows of her life, began at age four. She was adopted by Scott and Suzanne Drake of London, England after she was reportedly abandoned by her birth parents in a park on a winter day. Harper has no real memory of her life before age four, only a vague recollection of losing her teddy bear when she was taken into the custody of social services. However, the story’s been told so many times, it feels as real and as vivid as an actual memory.

Suzanne and Scott were civilian cargo haulers who frequently did business for Starfleet. They were full of love, and content to just scrape by. They doted on Harper and always provided for her needs, but devalued material possessions and higher learning, believing after a certain point, education and possessions were simply a way for people to look down upon others.

Growing up with free-spirits like Scott and Suzanne was a dream come true for a curious and outgoing girl like Harper. They encouraged her to explore their world freely, and as she matured, she learned the cargo trade with ease. Although her parents had their own disagreements with Starfleet and its hierarchal nature, they found her curiosity about Starfleet endearing, and so they introduced her to the personnel they interacted with at most every opportunity. Harper was particularly drawn to the healers she interacted with, in part because of her curiosity about the nature and purpose of the medical supplies her parents transported.

On those rare occasions when they were called upon to ferry people here and there, Harper was often praised for being easy to talk to, despite the cramped conditions. As a young child, Harper thought nothing of it, convinced she would follow in her parents’ footsteps. In school, she did well, but was always afraid to excel too well, out of fear of becoming the dreaded “elitist” her parents always railed against.

Harper’s internal struggles came to a head when she announced she wanted to pursue a career in Starfleet. Though her parents refused to turn their backs on her, the resentment was always there. After several nasty arguments, her parents asked Harper not to bring it up again, and thus, it became the “elephant” in the room between them. From that point on, her parents were cordial, but always not quite warm with her.

Feeling she had nothing to lose at that point, Harper threw herself into her studies. She wasn’t the most outgoing of students, but she did develop a close circle of friends, and managed to excel in her classes. No longer frowned upon for excelling beyond her beginnings, Harper allowed her interest in medicine to flourish. A professor took note of her natural curiosity about people and what drove them to be who they were (in part based on Drake’s research on adopted children), and suggested she pursue a career in mental health.

Drake agreed to consider it, but fully intended to become a general practitioner. By the time she entered Starfleet Medical, years of conflicts and an increase in crime had taken their toll, and cadets were inundated with stories of personnel returning in desperate need of proper mental health care. Deciding she simply wanted to serve where she could be of most use, Harper earned her M.D. degree and a Ph.D. in Forensic and Trauma Psychiatry.

Harper not only sought to treat traumatized minds and bodies, but she found herself wanting to better understand those driven to commit crime and those affected by it. In the course of her doctoral studies, she also became acquainted with the complexities of justice and mental illness.

Her first posting, the USS Stargazer, associated with the Starfleet Criminal Investigative Service, turned out to be a memorable one. There, she met and befriended then acting Chief Medical Officer, Laverne Gray, and learned how to navigate the challenges of specialized fieldwork, including how to conduct interviews and interrogations of victims, witnesses, and suspects, how to create psychological profiles, and how to assess the psychological competency of others for legal proceedings. It was also aboard the Stargazer Harper learned how to balance the responsibilities of being a crisis counselor for crime survivors and an evaluator and close confidante for her fellow investigators.

Harper remained on the Stargazer with Gray for the next year. Shortly after Gray was transferred to the USS Indigo, however, Drake received devastating news: her adoptive parents had been murdered after being caught in the middle of what apparently was a dispute between Starfleet and some pirates, who claimed Drake’s parents as collateral damage for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Grief-stricken, Harper decided she needed a break from working with trauma survivors directly. Harper needed time to regroup and figure out her next move. As more details of the murders came to light – including the fact Starfleet knew the area her parents were asked to travel was known disputed territory for pirates who didn’t care who got hurt - Harper developed disgust for Starfleet that she eventually couldn’t ignore. She ultimately took a brief leave of absence to clear her head and then returned to service.

Although Harper knew she would never completely forgive Starfleet for what she saw as a betrayal, she knew it would dishonor her parents’ memories not to follow her passion as a healer. No one was more surprised than Drake when she was presented the opportunity to receive intelligence training before her return to service. Skeptical at first, Harper was soon convinced her specialized skillset could be used to ensure justice and safety on a much grander scale. Not one to turn down a challenge or miss an opportunity to broaden her horizons, Harper accepted the opportunity, believing at the very least additional training would enhance her value to Starfleet. She accepted the position as Forensic Psychiatrist aboard the USS Joshua Norton with some reluctance, familiar with the overall concept of the role from her time with SCIS, but also with the knowledge she had entered an entirely new playing field.
Service Record 2403-2407: Starfleet Academy
2407-2411: Starfleet Medical Academy (Dual specialties in General Medicine and Psychiatry)
2411 – 2413: Starfleet Medical (Ph.D. in Trauma and Forensic Psychiatry)
2413- 2414: Ensign, Forensic/Trauma Psychiatrist, USS Stargazer
September, 2414 – October 2414: Bereavement-based Leave of Absence
October 2414 – April 2415: Starfleet Intelligence Training
Present: Forensic Psychiatrist, USS Joshua Norton