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Lt JG Adalyn O'Rourke

Name Adalyn Ky O'Rourke Ph.D.

Position Ship's Counselor/Profiler

Rank Lt JG


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 35

Physical Appearance

Height 5'6"
Weight 130 lbs.
Hair Color Red
Eye Color Hazel
Physical Description Adalyn has pale skin with striking brown eyes that some might say conceal a hint of loss. She is more athletic and stronger than people realize, but she is not someone who focuses on physical fitness in the ways her law enforcement colleagues might. Her voice is melodic and warm, but not too soft and it can gain a harder edge when she is particularly passionate about something.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Father Jackson Wilder O’Rourke (missing)
Mother Jocelyn Grace Brock-O’Rourke (serving a life sentence for 2nd degree murder)
Brother(s) None
Sister(s) None
Other Family Grandparents: Robert Brock (deceased) and Mary Brock (homemaker)

Personality & Traits

General Overview Adalyn is the typical type A personality and classic maternal figure who's known for going that additional step when it comes to helping the people and causes she cares about. She openly admits to being driven and a perfectionist, but she also admits she is working toward finding more balance in her life. Colleagues would describe her as compassionate, committed to her work, and detail oriented, many are surprised by her dry sense of humor and her ambition.
Strengths & Weaknesses Adalyn is intelligent and detail oriented, and isn’t afraid to use other people’s misconceptions based on her compassionate nature to her advantage. She is a team player and is not one to throw her weight around, unless doing so will help her to advocate for the people and causes she is passionate about.

She reveals more of her feelings unintentionally than she'd care to acknowledge, and because of that, she doesn’t relish the idea of living inside the criminal mind. She prefers what she considers the more emotionally driven side of forensic psychology: expert testimony, competency evaluations, and direct victim services. Although she has shown some talent for profiling and has done it regularly in her work, she doesn’t consider herself an academic or a scientist primarily. What truly drives her is the chance to use her skills to assist those who are most affected by crime, including the people asked to prevent criminal activity and to investigate it when it occurs.
Ambitions She dreams of a time when she might marry and have a family, but she accepts her professional ambitions might make that a challenge. She aspires to lead only when it comes to her field of study, even if other professions in law enforcement and investigations have greater status.
Hobbies & Interests She enjoys swimming to clear her head and has learned to appreciate the simplicity of a good meal and the company of friends after a hard day. She enjoys keeping abreast of the latest research in her fields of study but considers herself more a “do-er” than an academic these days.

Personal History What set Adalyn’s on her current professional path can be summed up by a description of the evening she witnessed her father push her mother out of a moving hovercar. She was seven. An only child born to Jackson, a successful accounting executive, and Jocelyn, a well- known event planner, Adalyn learned early her parents’ toxic relationship, including both parents’ drug and alcohol addictions, was to stay under wraps, or more precisely, at least as much as possible as such darkness could remain in the suburbs of Florida.

The family wasn’t wealthy by any means, but they were financially comfortable, and Adalyn lived what any outsider would consider a life of privilege in the house with the pool on Cold Water Lane. The family’s influence was not enough to get the authorities to look the other way any time their worlds exploded into violence, but it did afford them opportunities to handle things more discretely than most.

Instead of time with family services, Adalyn was permitted to stay with relatives. Instead of lengthy jail stays, her father was permitted more chances to complete batterers’ intervention classes and both parents were offered substance abuse treatment. Weeks and sometimes months would go by without concern until the pressure would build and the dance would start again. Protective orders were filed and dropped, and her father would leave and return. This dance would occur so often, Adalyn gained a well-honed intuition for her father’s violence, and she could predict, with near complete accuracy, when more “time away” was imminent.

As a consequence of her childhood, Adalyn became much more comfortable studying about people than interacting with them herself. Although she was genuinely friendly and empathetic, over and over, her efforts to convince her mother to leave her father for good and to get clean and sober were ineffective. Her compassion for her mother only seemed to cause her more pain, so she did her best to wall her heart off, but that was never Adalyn’s way.

When matters came to a head and her mother was forced to make a choice - leave your husband or lose your daughter - it crushed and then enraged fifteen-year old Adalyn to learn her mother had chosen to stay with her father. Adalyn was permanently adopted by her grandparents, Robert and Mary Brock, and though by all measures, life improved for her and she might have set her sights on her own future, Adalyn was never able to make peace entirely with her upbringing, with a sense of way her parents made the choices they had.

She was an excellent student, and away from the violence, she was able to find her social and compassionate center once again. She could use her talents to help people and connect with them in ways her family secrets hadn’t allowed before. She did not have contact with her father, but couldn’t bring herself to cut all ties with her mother, who by this time, had started to face the reality of all she had lost and had begun to see a life without her husband.

Majoring in Psychology at the University of Florida was a natural fit and after graduating with full honors, she decided to seek a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. The semester she was to graduate, however, her life was forever altered. In the middle of the night, she received a phone call: An officer from the Tampa Police Department informed her that her mother had been arrested for the suspected murder of her father. A neighbor discovered Jocelyn O’Rourke in her home covered in blood and holding a knife. Jocelyn was practically mute by that point, and to this day, insists she knows nothing about her husband’s whereabouts and has no recollection of the day she was found covered in a mixture of his and her blood. Jackson O’Rourke’s body was never found.

Much of that time is still a blur for her, but since then, she has had a personal stake in trying to understand the psychological impact of crime on survivors, the application of psychology to the criminal justice system, and the psychological profiles of violent offenders. She became a tireless advocate for justice, and was relieved but also devastated when her only remaining biological parent was sentenced to life in prison.

Knowing her father’s presumed death was just the beginning of a journey, Adalyn completed her Master’s degree and went on to complete her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with specializations in Forensic Psychology and Trauma Psychology. She was determined to counsel survivors of trauma, particularly survivors of violent crime.
She first took a job with the Hillsborough County Sheriff Department’s Victim Assistance Center, an office dedicated to helping victims of violent crime receive counseling and legal services. Adalyn loved the challenging work and found it to be much more rewarding than she ever thought possible. Her efforts got the attention of local community leaders, who encouraged her to take a job as the Counseling Services Director for Florida’s largest domestic violence and rape crisis center, A New Start. Adalyn got her first real taste of what it was like to fight for justice.

However, her work only allowed her to make an impact at the local level, and Adalyn longed to do her part to make a difference on a grander scale. By that time, she was also looking for a way to escape her own trauma reminders. Her moment came when she was asked to work with a Starfleet security officer on a case involving a Starfleet victim. She initially disliked the job with all of the regulations that came with it, but she also wondered if it was possible to explore the universe and do what she loved. After a Starfleet recruiter encouraged her to apply because she had nothing to lose, she did so, and no one was more shocked than Adalyn to find she’d been accepted to 12 weeks of Officer Candidate School.

This training was its own trial for the independent, military-averse Adalyn. She was older than all of her peers and most couldn’t relate to a woman who hadn’t gone the Starfleet Academy route. Often, she questioned her decision, but the recruiter’s lure of perhaps one day working alongside law enforcement using her skills to assist in investigations kept her going, and she eventually graduated with high marks.

She was told she would need to prove herself in Starfleet in a few standard postings which she took in stride. She served her first ship as a staff counselor on the USS Discovery. By then, she was used to being older than her peers, and although she was still learning Starfleet protocols and Starfleet as a whole was still figuring out that counselors could be useful, her co-workers respected her clinical experience and common-sense approach to working as a counselor. A year later, she left the Discovery for the USS Olympus and enjoyed using her skills to help a larger crew.

While Adalyn enjoyed the opportunity to find her passion for helping crew members deal with a variety of problems, she never lost sight of her original dream to work with law enforcement using her specialized knowledge and skills.

When she learned of the creation of the Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit in 2161, she made her case for why someone with her particular skills would be critical for the unit’s success and she is excited to be posted as the unit’s Chief Counselor, wearing the hats of Forensic Psychologist, Victim Advocate, and mental health specialist for the team. This included criminal profiling, assisting with interviews and interrogations, assessing the competency and psychological functioning of witnesses and offenders, and providing crisis counseling and expert testimony on behalf of trauma survivors, whether crime victims or members of law enforcement.

Service Record 2156 -2159: Counseling Services Director, Safe Horizons Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center
2159 - 2160: Counselor, USS Discovery
2160 - 2161: Assistant Chief Counselor, USS Olympus
Present: Chief Counselor/Forensic Psychologist, Artemis NX - 14