Wendy L. Patrick
Prosecutor, Business Ethics Professor

Wendy L. Patrick is a career trial attorney, recognized by her peers as one of the 2015 Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and named the 2014 Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section.  Dr. Patrick has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.


In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division, Wendy handles cases involving sensitive issues including threat assessment.  She is President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) San Diego Chapter, and an ATAP Certified Threat Manager.  In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters.  She has served as Co-Chair of the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexual Violent Predators Committee and Human Trafficking Committee.


In addition to being selected as one of the 2015 Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego and named the 2014 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year, Dr. Patrick received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association, recognized by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors by declaring October 8, 2013 to be “Wendy Patrick Day” throughout San Diego County.


Dr. Patrick is a faculty member at San Diego State University where she teaches upper division business ethics in the Management Department of the College of Business Administration, both on campus and abroad—including teaching in Barcelona, Spain, and Prague, Czech Republic.  She also served as a Lead Instructor for the Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership Program at the University of San Diego Master of Science Program where she taught Communication for Law Enforcement Leaders. She taught American Government and Christianity at Horizon University, and regularly guest lectures at other educational institutions.


Dr. Patrick is author of Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Other Toxic People in Every Area of Your Life, and co-author of the revised version of the New York Times bestseller Reading People.  She is also author of Using the Psychology of Attraction in Christian Outreach: Lessons from the Dark Side.  Dr. Patrick speaks to community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a wide variety of legal and educational institutions both nationally and internationally about threat assessment, cutting edge investigation and use of social media, the methodology of sexual predators and stalkers, and how to increase public awareness and protect the community.  Her PhD thesis focused on the psychology of attraction as used by criminals and manipulators in society, and how to spot the red flags.

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RED FLAGSHow to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Toxic People in Your Life
St. Martin’s Press

In RED FLAGS, author Wendy L. Patrick shares simple strategies anyone can use to spot deceptive or downright dangerous people who use ingratiation and social convention to draw in and lull victims.

Reading Red Flags: Where to Look, What to Look For, and How to Interpret What You See This seminar will teach you how to accurately read everyone from your boss and colleagues, to your clients and your significant other, and how to effectively utilize the information you perceive to revolutionize the way you do business and dramatically enhance your professional and personal life. You will also learn about the cues you are giving off, and how other people are reading you.

Top 10 Red Flags Lists Wendy Patrick helps you identify the Top 10 Red Flags, everything from visual-verbal mismatch triggers to secret-keepers. She also provides customized Red Flags lists for the following audiences and groups: men and women; parents; politics; business; and online.

How to Recognize Dangerous People: Where to Look, What to Look For, How to Interpret What You See As demonstrated through acts of senseless violence around the world, sometimes the results of missing red flags are deadly. With the goal of recognizing danger signs in order to protect ourselves from dangerous criminals, Dr. Patrick will teach you how to read red flags. This presentation provides the tools necessary to “read” dangerous people through presenting a unique, practical strategy that provides a comprehensive method of perceiving, recognizing, and interpreting the warning signs that can signal danger.

Cyber Optics: Reading People Online In this seminar, you will learn how to read the social media footprints anyone on a number of different levels through perceiving their true colors, in order to maximize the productivity of your interaction, business or social. You will learn about the qualities that have been proven to be most important, and how to best perceive and use them in any situation.

Effective Communication With Difficult People In this seminar, you will learn how to effectively communicate with the most difficult of people. It will apply the techniques and methods discussed in Red Flags to the art of reading difficult people in a variety of settings in order to maximize successful communication.

When you understand your audience, you are better able to understand their basic needs and communication style, which will maximize the productivity of your communication, business or social. You will learn how to utilize specific communication techniques specifically designed for specific individual traits you may encounter.

Praise for Red Flags:

"Patrick’s profession has provided her access to a host of victims and offenders, while her shrewd analysis sheds light on the distinct patterns of abuse...her knowledge and the mnemonic shorthand provide a unique perspective."
-Publishers Weekly

"Red Flags will leave you better able to see signs of deception and danger, clearly enough to avoid being tricked, and early enough to protect yourself." − Gavin de Becker, bestselling author of The Gift of Fear

"Patrick shares practical knowledge gained during the course of her career working with victims of crimes and ably describes both the strategies of perpetrators and the vulnerabilities of victims. Fans of psychology and relationship books as well as those interested in law enforcement should appreciate this very intriguing book." -Library Journal