Faculty & Staff

Criminal Justice

Dennis Phalen, MA, BSPH, EMT, CHPP
Program Director & Adjunct Professor in Homeland Security
Phone: 619-569-3607
Email: dennis.phalen@waldorf.edu

Master of Arts in Homeland Security, American Military University

Bachelor of Science in Public Health, American Public University

Professor DJ Phalen (aka Prof D) is the program director and an adjunct professor for the Homeland Security program at Waldorf University.

Phalen received his Master of Arts in Homeland Security with honors as well as a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with honors. Additionally, he is a lifetime member in several honor societies: Epsilon Pi Phi (Emergency Management and Homeland Security Honor Society), Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society for Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management and Protective Security Disciplines, Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society in Social Sciences), Delta Epsilon Tau (International Graduate Honor Society), Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology), and Golden Key International Honor Society.

Phalen’s professional experience is in the fields of counterterrorism, EMS/Special Operations EMS (rescue and tactical medicine), firefighting, and healthcare/ healthcare leadership. He is a member of the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP), the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition (NDPCI), International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association (ICTOA,) International Association of Interviewers (IAI,) and Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA).

Phalen served in the United States Navy during the first Gulf war, has worked in healthcare since 1994 as an EMT, ER Technician, and as clinic/hospital executive staff. He also served five years as a Medic/Technical Rescue Specialist with a Sheriff's department, as a medic with the federal disaster medical team DMAT CA-4, as a firefighter/EMT, and as a member of the San Diego Medical Reserve Corp (MRC).

Besides teaching here at Waldorf University, Phalen is also a Full Time Professor at Columbia Southern University in the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice program, where he teaches several other courses in Homeland Security and Emergency Services Management and has been the course writer for the new undergraduate Homeland Security courses Terrorism Response Operations, Homeland Security Technology, Terrorism in Emergency Management, and Emergency Medical Services Management. In addition to his primary jobs, he also serves in a Terrorism Unit at a regional fusion center as the Medical Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Coordinator, is contracted as a Consultant / Subject Matter Expert doing course review of new/existing FEMA/DHS training courses, serves as the Counter-Terrorism/ Hospital Counter-Terrorism Advisor/Trainer for a private security contractor, and regularly contributes to several peer- reviewed professional journals, newsletters, and blogs in the terrorism/counterterrorism and emergency management communities.

In his free time (which is rare these days) Phalen likes to hike, bike, and go trail running. He is also a Muay Thai instructor (he started the program at the University of California San Diego,) so if students are ever in the area, Professor Phalen encourages them to drop in for a few rounds. He also co-hosts a show on OutdoorChannel.com with a physician buddy (boonDocs Wilderness and Travel Medicine,) where episodes can be viewed, but “you cannot make fun of my acting…not my forte.”

Students are encouraged to contact Professor D anytime by email (above) or by cell at 619-569-3607