Faculty & Staff

Criminal Justice

Dennis Phalen, MA, BSPH, EMT
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

DJ Phalen (aka Prof D) is Program Director and Adjunct Professor for the Homeland Security program at Waldorf College, and currently teaches CRJ 4753 (Terrorism Incident Management & Emergency Procedures) , CRJ 3050 ( Terrorism Response Operations), and CRJ 2050 (Introduction to Terrorism).

Prof. D received his M.A. in Homeland Security with Honors from American Military University. Prior to that, he completed his B.S. in Public Health with honors at American Public University and is a lifetime member in several honor societies: Epsilon Pi Phi Emergency Management and Homeland Security Honor Society, 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.

Prof. D has professional experience in the fields of counterterrorism, EMS/Special Operations EMS (rescue and tactical medicine), firefighting, and healthcare/ healthcare leadership, and is a member of the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP), International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association (ICTOA), International Association of Interviewers (IAI), and the Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA).

Prof. D served in the United States Navy from 1991-1995 (the first Gulf war), and 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 at Waldorf College, Prof. D is also an Full Time Professor at Columbia Southern University, College of Safety and Emergency Services, teaching several courses in Homeland Security and Emergency Services Management and acted as 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, Prof. D's also serve as the Medical Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Coordinator at the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (SD-LECC) Terrorism Unit / Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (RTTAC) where he recently developed the Medical Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program for his local county, and sister county, which will bridge existing law enforcement and fire TLO programs - hoping to serve as a national model. Prof. D is also 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 The Halo Corporation (and is currently working on an innovative active shooters in schools program), and regularly contributes to several peer-reviewed professional journals, newsletters, and blogs in the terrorism/counterterrorism and emergency management communities.

Additional Information:
In Prof. Phalen's rare free time, he likes to hike, bike, and go trail-running. He is also a Muay Thai instructor (having started the program at the University of California San Diego), so if you are ever in the area you are welcome to drop in for a few rounds. He also co-host a show on OutdoorChannel.com with a physician buddy (boonDocs Wilderness and Travel Medicine) and welcomes students to check it out, but asks them not to make fun of his acting which is "not his forte."