Wendy L. Patrick, JD, Ph.D.

Wendy L. Patrick, JD, Ph.D. is a career trial attorney, author, and media commentator.  View her Demo Reel here:  https://youtu.be/7qxtn3kgbYk She was named the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar’s Public Law Section, and has been recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  She has completed over 165 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.  She speaks and teaches all over the world on how to protect individuals and communities from sexual assault, sexual harassment, human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexually violent predators. 

Dr. Patrick has over 4,500 media appearances.  She has appeared multiple times on CNN, HLN, Fox News Channel, and Fox Business Network, as well as a variety of other national and international programs. She has her own biweekly radio tour on Fox News Radio called Weekly Legal, a weekly slot on Fox 5 San Diego called Inside the Law, had her own segment as a behavioral analyst on Australia´s Seven Network Morning Show called Spotted, and is a regular guest on Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.  Dr. Patrick also serves as a media host.  She has guest anchored for One America News and Newsmax, and serves as a guest host for KOGO radio San Diego.

Dr. Patrick has been quoted in a variety of sources including The New York Times, USA Today, US News and World Report, Washington Post, Associated Press, Bloomberg Businessweek, CSNBC, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Cosmopolitan, and The Oprah Magazine.

Bringing a well-rounded perspective to her commentary, Dr. Patrick is author of Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Ruthless People (St. Martin´s press), and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Reading People (revision, Random House). She has a Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from Bethel Seminary, and a PhD in Theology from the University of Wales.

In her spare time, she plays first violin for the La Jolla Symphony and plays the electric violin in a rock band.

*The views expressed by Dr. Patrick in this column are her own, are not made in any official capacity, and are not attributable to her employer.

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Why Bad Looks Good explores the many facets of the psychology of attraction, examining many different types of interpersonal misperception.  It covers everything from choosing the wrong relationship, to failing to spot red flags of deception and danger, to ensuring that you are effectively managing the way other people are reading you.

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