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Monday October 22nd, 2018 @ 3:24pm
Lieutenant JG Teagan McGuire R.N., Ph.D.
Name Teagan McGuire R.N., Ph.D.
Position Chief Counselor
Rank Lieutenant JG
|Physical Description||Teagan is tall for a woman, and despite her habit for junk food, tends to fall on the slimmer side of what is appropriate for her frame. She is more athletic than most people realize, having grown up playing basketball with her brothers, though that athleticism hasn’t translated to confidence when it comes to matters of combat and self-defense. Her coloring reflects her dual Irish and Italian heritage, with her pale skin having a slightly olive hue. She isn’t reluctant to smile or laugh most of the time, though when deep in thought or worried, she tends to squint unbeknownst to her.|
|Father||Sean McGuire, Detective, New York City Police Department|
|Mother||Valerie Palmieri-McGuire, A.D.A., assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit, New York City Police Department (retired)|
|Brother(s)||Anthony McGuire, Public Defender, New York Legal Aid Society
Daniel McGuire, Patrolman, New York City Police Department
|Sister(s)||Sydney Paige O'Connor, Harvard Law Student|
Personality & Traits
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Teagan is a skilled diagnostician and practitioner, but her true strength lies in her ability to empathize with those she encounters, whether colleague, offender, or victim. She works incredibly hard and is used to multi-tasking and wearing many hats, whether therapist, advocate, expert witness/interviewer, and profiler, regardless of her given job description. She likes to think her education and primarily limited military training give her a unique perspective within law enforcement and intelligence work. People sometimes underestimate what she has to contribute given her experience as a therapist and victim advocate, but Teagan isn’t afraid to use her skills or others’ misconceptions to her advantage. She grew up in a family of mostly male cops, so she isn’t intimidated by working in what may be perceived as a male-dominated field. Her mother taught her there is more to strength than mere physical prowess and she also taught her she can be feminine without sacrificing any of her credibility.|
|Ambitions||Teagan’s greatest ambitions are to one day marry and have children, though she knows her work makes this difficult.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Teagan makes a point of keeping up with the latest research in clinical and forensic psychology. She is particularly passionate about helping trauma survivors overcome their struggles, so she is particularly interested in research related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Teagan also has always been interested in the law generally, and enjoys learning about legal matters, regardless of whether they pertain to mental health. She has a weakness for junk food, particularly sweets, and enjoys soap operas of all varieties, not for the romance, as people assume, but for the character study. She enjoys observing the characters and sometimes thinking about what motivates them. Most of the time, however, she enjoys blowing off steam by simply laughing at them.|
|Personal History||Teagan (pronounced Tee-ghan) Shelby McGuire was born August 20, 2351 in New York City, New York. Her parents, Sean McGuire, a Protestant of Irish descent, and Valerie Palmieri, a devout Catholic of Italian descent, were a forbidden match for their still very traditional families. As high school sweethearts, the two had planned to continue to date in secret until they were both old enough to run away and get married, but a year into their relationship, Valerie became pregnant with Sean's child. Unable to care for a child and pressured by their families to avoid the stigma of having a child out of wedlock, Valerie and Sean agreed to end their relationship and give their daughter, Sydney Paige, up for adoption.
Five years later, Valerie and Sean were reunited while both were attending New York University. While they discovered they still shared a love for one another, they also realized they shared a passion for the criminal justice system. Sean majored in criminal justice and planned to enter the local police academy, while Valerie pursued a pre-law degree and dreamed of going to law school. Despite pressure from both their families to put an end to their courtship, Sean and Valerie were determined to succeed, and married shortly after graduation. The decision to marry placed a strain on the relationships each shared with their parents, and to this day matters have not been completely resolved.
The newlyweds quickly settled into married life, thriving in New York City's diverse community. Although it was difficult to juggle going to school, keeping full-time jobs and maintaining their marriage, the McGuires still found time to raise a family with love and patience. The youngest of three children, Teagan was the apple of her father's eye and the typical meddling baby sister to her two older brothers, Anthony and Daniel. For as long as the McGuire children can remember, their parents have always worked hard to educate themselves and to build a better life for their children. Considering themselves the average blue collar family, Sean found his niche in the NYPD and quickly moved up the ranks to become a top detective, while Valerie graduated in the top ten percent in her law school class and went on to become an Assistant District Attorney for the city's Sex Crimes Division.
Although it was never pushed upon them, the McGuire children each knew from an early age that they wanted to pursue careers in criminal justice and law. All three developed their parents' passion for justice and for making a difference in people's lives, regardless of species, gender or background, but it was Teagan who struggled the most to discover her true calling. On the outside, Teagan was the ultimate outgoing, fearless tomboy, happy to be just "one of the guys," but on the inside, Teagan felt shy, sensitive and more comfortable studying than she did playing sports or keeping a part-time job. While her family was always concerned with establishing the facts when it came to criminal cases, Teagan always found herself more pre-occupied with how the victims were coping, and in some instances, how the offender had come to commit such heinous crimes in the first place.
It wasn't until she started her second year at New York University, while studying pre-law, that Teagan realized her heart and her true talents lay in the field of psychology. Psychology courses helped Teagan discover her strengths, her weaknesses and her passion for helping people. She realized she could be true to herself and still accomplish her goals. While the psychology field offered a variety of career paths, Teagan knew from the start that she was meant to be a therapist. Almost immediately after changing her major, Teagan made a complete transformation from a sensitive, shy tomboy to a compassionate, outgoing young woman. Friends began to see Teagan gain more confidence, drive, and focus.
Although she had always been a good student, it wasn't until she found psychology that she truly began to reach her full academic potential. Her courses also gave her greater exposure to information about other cultures, nurturing her desire for exploration and adventure. Not only was she making the transition from a young woman to an adult, she was also becoming less sheltered and more sophisticated. This new found sophistication creates some resentment in the family even today, particularly among her brothers, who sometimes feel Teagan believes she has become too good for her own family and its simple traditions.
Teagan went on to earn her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from New York University while Anthony and Daniel went on to build careers of their own. Teagan chose to specialize in Trauma and Forensic Psychology, with her eye on working with survivors of violent crime. Building on these concentrations within her doctoral program and wanting to further her knowledge and experience beyond her roots, Teagan competed and won a post-doctoral one year fellowship with Federation Security and noted forensic psychologist, Dr. Andrea Markham. The fellowship, based in Quantico, enabled Teagan to further her training in a variety of areas within forensic psychology, including profiling, competency assessment, victim advocacy, crisis counseling, and expert testimony.
For the next two years, Teagan chose to work within the Federation Security Rape and Sex Crimes Unit based on Risa. Teagan’s particular passion for working with survivors of rape and other closely related violent crimes such as domestic violence and child abuse made her a natural fit for the unit. She also chose Risa because she was curious about the criminal underworld of the supposedly peaceful and idyllic planet.
On Risa, she met fellow psychologist Gustav Gregersen. The two worked well together because while Gustav focused his attention on getting into the minds of the offenders, Teagan focused her attention on providing support to the victims, which in turn enabled them to offer information more readily. Teagan frequently offered expert testimony on psychological trauma and its impact on recall and behavior.
After two years of service, Teagan was homesick and ready for a change of scenery.
Dr. Markham encouraged McGuire to consider furthering her career in Federation Security and perhaps working with Starfleet. Teagan promised to consider it, but planned to go into private practice and to work as a consultant for the New York court system.
That dream quickly lost its luster. Finding herself in a practice with partners who were more concerned with making a profit than with making a difference, and with a caseload comprised of mostly philandering husbands and wives, Teagan had begun to re-think her choice of careers. When Andrea Markham showed up at her door and asked her to consider joining Starfleet and the prestigious Starfleet Criminal Investigative Service, Teagan couldn’t say no. It was an honor to be asked to assist in investigations concerning Starfleet members and to further assist in matters related to Federation security.
Because of her prior education and experience, Teagan was permitted to complete her Starfleet general training in three years. Training not only focused on advanced studies in areas such as Federation law and Starfleet procedure, but also tested her physically, as she was required to learn how to defend herself and to handle a phaser. Teagan became competent in these areas, but she is far more accustomed to managing problems using her intellect rather than shows of force. McGuire especially enjoyed her basic medical training and was persuaded to pursue additional training in forensic and emergency nursing with Starfleet Medical Academy to make herself more useful if she ever decided to leave the investigative/legal arena. That wasn’t what she planned for herself, but she loved the learning process.
She spent two years working as a staff psychologist doing everything from profiling, acting as a victim's advocate or key witness for the prosecution, to counseling offenders or SCIS officers. She loved the variety in her job, and her family was pleased that Teagan had found her niche among familiar territory. Colleagues would attribute Teagan’s departure from the SCIS to simple burn-out, but it was something more.
The brass presented her with a unique opportunity aboard the USS Valmer, a vessel serving the needs of Starfleet Intelligence. Having never considered herself suited for intelligence work before, Teagan was quickly learned her skills could be used to serve justice on a much larger scale with the same variety she loved. She was especially honored to be able to work alongside other agents and act as sounding board for people she considered to be among the unsung heroes of the Federation.
After a three year stint aboard the Valmer, she was ready to return the work that represented her original first love, and to Teagan’s surprise, Starfleet assigned her to the USS Cavalry to assist with a mission particularly suited to her unique skillset,. She was assigned as the Cavalry as its Assistant Chief Counselor/Forensic Psychologist.
|Service Record||2376 - 2377 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Trauma and Forensic Psychology, Federation Security
2377 - 2379 Psychologist/Victim Advocate, Sex Crimes Unit, Federation Security
2379 - 2380 Psychologist in private practice and Psychological Consultant for the New York City Courts, New York City, Earth
2385 - 2387 Psychologist/Victim Advocate, Starfleet Criminal Investigative Service
2387 - 2390 Chief Behavior Analyst/Chief Counselor, USS Valmer
Present Assistant Chief Counselor/Forensic Psychologist, USS Cavalry