Trish has over 20 years in the U.S. Army and is currently the volunteer Director of Outreach and Communications for the PSYOP Regimental Association (PRA) Fort Bragg, North Carolina Chapter. Trish was recently a Visiting Scientist with the Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and advised on Information Warfare and Special Operations. Trish was selected as a 2020 Mid-Career Cadre for the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and lectured on her research.
Trish has deployed to Paraguay, Afghanistan twice, Qatar, and other locations to conduct psychological operations (PSYOP) and special operations with interagency and host nations. Her significant assignments include 1st PSYOP Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, 8th PSYOP Battalion, 4th PSYOP Group, U.S. Special Operations Central Command (SOCCENT), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS). Trish’s previous military positions include detachment commander, company executive officer, company commander, planner, and liaison. In 2013, Trish graduated from the PSYOP Officers Qualification Course as the Distinguished Honor Graduate.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Studies with a concentration in Political Science from Methodist University, a Master’s in Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Safety Leadership from the George Washington University, and a Master’s in Science in Information Strategy and Political Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). She is also a Distinguished Political Science Graduate of Methodist University.
Trish’s research includes Russian disinformation, media, strategic communications, nuclear security strategy, and data science. Her recent publications include a thesis on “Social Media and Strategic Nuclear Weapons: The Russian Case,” and a chapter titled “Special Operations Forces and Cyber-Enabled Influence Operations,” in a book titled “Strategic Latency Unleashed: The Role of Technology in a Revisionist Global Order and the Implications for Special Operations Forces,” for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and a study titled “Targeted Disinformation: Russian and Chinese Disinformation Campaigns Against U.S. Nuclear Policy,” for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
In her own time, Trish manages and posts on a secure personal website about various subjects, including ethics and leadership. Trish guest lectures on information warfare, political science, and motivational topics. Trish lectures about psychological operations for the intelligence and information operations curriculum at the University of Arizona.
Trish also volunteers her time by mentoring our younger generations. She previously mentored at-risk youth at Rancho Cielo and is now a mentor with Girl Security to encourage young women with aspirations to join the national security community. When Trish isn’t volunteering or working, you are likely to find her bird watching and caring for her flower, rose, and vegetable gardens.