Terry L Oroszi, M.S., Ed.D.

Pharmacology & Toxicology-SOM
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology; Director, MS Graduate Program, P&T, BSOM; Director, CBRN Defense Certificate Program
Health Sciences Bldg 217, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Get her latest book here! The American Terrorist: Everything You Need to Know to be a Subject Matter Expert

Terry L. Oroszi, MS, Ed.D.

See below for her CV, current publications and presentations. A short bio (~250 words) can be found here

Dr. Oroszi is an assistant professor at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine, in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and got her start in the department as a staff scientist doing molecular genetics work. Thanks to a unique opportunity and her military (Army) experience She found herself doing research on terrorism, specifically identifying patterns and trends (profiling, criminal and noncriminal), high stakes decision-making for Crisis professionals, and leadership. She also holds an administrative role as director of the numerous graduate programs (tracks) and the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Program. Neighboring WSU is Wright Patterson Air Force Base where Dr. Oroszi shares her time as a Strategic Planner (Molecular Mechanisms Branch).

 Terry teamed up with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to create a 50-member Dayton Think Tank (DTT).  A not-for-profit organization with a focus on Crisis/Threat/Emergency and Disaster Management.  The DTT members are some of the regions top crisis leaders, to include several mayors, police and Fire Chiefs, Physicians and other Health Care Professionals, Military Officers, and other stakeholders.

In her spare time she teaches Terrorism and Leadership at the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for their analyst boot camp, she is th vice president of the Dayton Chapter of Infragard (FBI/Public Sector partnership), a recent graduate of the FBI Citizen's Academy, and gives talks/workshops in the areas of Terrorism, Crisis Decision-making, and Leadership.


If you are interested in attending one of Dr. Oroszi's talks or inviting her to give a talk (seminar, keynote, or workshop) she can be reached by email


Topics in which Dr. Oroszi frequently speaks include:

1. Recognizing a Developing Terrorist.  Terrorism is a global problem, but with a little effort we, at a community level, can combat terrorism.  A study Dr. Oroszi did on ~520 American citizens charged/convicted of acts of terrorism Since 9/11.  Variables of interest included:

  1. Sex  
  2. Age (time of crime)
  3. City (residence)
  4. State (residence
  5. Year of crime
  6. Convert to Islam
  7. Allegiance
  8. Race
  9. Citizenship (birth or naturalized)
  10. Parent’s home country
  11. Education
  12. Major
  13. Occupation
  14. Category (student, unemployed, social class)
  15. Military experience
  16. Mental Health
  17. Awlaki influence
  18. Married
  19. Children
  20. Weapons use
  21. Murder/injure
  22. Sentence/Probation
  23. Violence involved
  24. # killed
  25. Prison (current location)
  26. Released date
  27. Cell/partner
  28. Target
  29. Official charges
  30. Location of crime (US/Abroad)
  31. Attended terrorism training
  32. How they were caught
  33. FBI Involvement
  34. Informant used

and identified patterns/trends, and created an 8-marker profile.  For example, Ohio is #5 in the country for terrorist residence.   New variables recently added include: citizenship type (naturalized or birth), their resident city, FBI involvement, and targets (to determine the top 5 targets).  If a workshop is included the participants study up to 3 case studies (1 hour each) surrounding 4 terrorists and discuss findings. Tailored for Intel Analysts. (This research and concept was done exclusively by Dr. Terry Oroszi)  An example of this work (PPT/PDF) can be found below.

The profile.

  • Male. 
  • Age 17 – 36. 
  • Educated (increased chances with unemployment). 
  • No girlfriend or wife. 
  • Raised without a father figure. 
  • From a middle or high-class family. 
  • Displaced, alienated. 
  • Angry, victimized


2. High Stakes Decision-making for Crisis Leadership.  This research has been presented at 3 national meetings, and was recently published (May 2018) in the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning.  If a workshop is included the participants create a Personalized Crisis Plan for their Organization.  This research involved an exhaustive search of the literature to determine internal and external factors that influence decision-making by crisis leaders, it also involved reaching out to global crisis leaders and asking a series of questions to create a new Decision-making model. This new model can be valuable for both the experienced and new crisis leader. (Research was performed exclusively by Dr. Terry Oroszi, and was supported by an IRB) An example of this work (PPT/PDF) can be found below, as well as the most current publication.

3. Leadership - Disruptive meetings.  After a 30-minute PPT on verbal/nonverbal behaviors, the audience participates in a mock meeting with meeting members demonstrating behaviors and watchers determining which member they are, based on behaviors. (Presentation and game was designed exclusively by Dr. Terry Oroszi) An example of this work (PPT/PDF) can be found below.

4. Leadership - 4/5/6 Power Platform, a fun game that lets participants choose leadership cards (4-frames, 5- powerbases, 6 - leadership styles) that best reflect them and learn about their leadership.  The combination of cards can say if they will be/are good leaders, if they would lie, cheat, steal..., lack confidence, care too much about their people, and more... dubbed "tarot cards for leaders".  Good for anyone wanting to improve their leadership skills or interested in hiring a person to fit a particular need. (Game was designed exclusively by Dr. Terry Oroszi) An example of this work (PPT/PDF) can be found below.


Current Calendar:

June 2019 - National Homeland Security Conference Speaker (Terrorism in the US)

May 2019 - Michigan Infragard Annual Meeting Guest Speaker

April 2019 - Dayton Club Speaking Engagement/Book Signing

Mar. 2019 - InfraGard Regional Leadership Summit

Mar. 2019 - Beavercreek Rotary Club Ohio Terrorists

Jan. 2019 - State of the FBI Briefing

Jan. 2019 - Infragard Dayton Chapter, The American Terrorist

Dec. 2019 - Cincinnati FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Holiday Gathering

Nov. 2018 - WPAFB Counterterrorism Security Briefing

Nov. 2018 - Infragard Board and Chapter meeting (Chapter Vice President)

Nov. 2018 - Centerville Optimist Club - Ohio Terrorists

Oct. 2018 - Intelligence Analysis Career Training (IACT) Program - 4/5/6 Power Platform  

Oct. 2018 - Intelligence Analysis Career Training (IACT) Program - The American Terrorist: Finding Patterns in the Data.

Sept. 2018 - Kettering Optimist Club (9/11 talk on Terrorism)

Aug. 2018 - Edgewood/Aberdeen Proving Ground (MD)

Aug. 2018 - Tri-Service Toxicology Conference (WPAFB)

July 2018 - The White House

July 2018 - FBI Headquarters, (Speaker FBI Assoc. Deputy Director, Paul Abbate, the role of FBI CA Graduate)

July 2018 - Quantico (Speaker from BAU#5 and several breakout sessions, a tour of Hogans Alley, & FBI Laboratory)

July 2018 - Centerville Optimist Club (talk on terrorism)

June 2018 - Range day with FBI/SWAT

June 2018 - FBI CA Graduation

June 2018 - ATIC Leadership workshop (4/5/6 Power Platform) 

June 2018 - ATIC Introduction to Terrorism workshop

May 2018 – Auditors Speaking engagement Power/Leadership/Meeting behaviors

April 2018 - FBI Citizen's Academy (10 weeks)

April 2018 - TRAC (Toxicology & Risk assessment Conference)

April 2018 - Infragard Security conference

April 2018 - 4/5/6 Power Platform for the BSOM Leadership Academy

March 2018 – Staff Dev. Day Speaker, “Egos at the Table: Understanding Meeting Behaviors”

Feb. 2018 – Meet with FBI Director Christopher Wray

Jan. 2018 - Infragard meeting (Dept. Homeland Security)

Jan. 2018 – Crisis decision-making paper accepted to the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning

Dec. 2017 - Infragard Board Meeting

Nov. 2017 - ATIC Analyst Bootcamp Capstone Briefing (terrorism)

Nov. 2017 – MMRS meeting (LT. Sam McGee, Aurora Theater Shooting)

Sept. 2017 – Speaker and designated Delegate at the 2017 FBI/Infragard training conference, Dallas, TX.

Sept. 2017 - Boonshoft School of Medicine Leadership Academy

Sept. 2017 – Analysis of an American Terrorist, for ATIC Intel Analyst Bootcamp

Aug. 2017 – Quarterly DTT Board meeting

Aug. 2017 – TriService Tox Consortium Abstract/Presentation DoD Toxicology efforts.

July 2017 – ATIC Analyst Boot Camp Capstone Briefings

July 2017 – Two abstracts (Terrorism, Crisis decision-making) accepted for HDIAC Journal

June 2017 – Guest on the Attack of the Politicos Podcast (est 10-15K audience)

June 2017 – High Stakes Decision-Making Model presented at the National Homeland Security Conference, Buffalo NY

May 2017 – 4/5/6 Power Platform for ATIC Intel Analyst Bootcamp

May 2017 – Analysis of an American Terrorist, for ATIC Intel Analyst Bootcamp

May 2017 – Cincinnati Infragard Speaker Topic: Americans Killing Americans: A Comparison of U.S. Male Citizens Charged with Acts Related to Terrorism Since 9/11.

April 2017 – CLONE (CBRN Ladies Only Networking Event) Washington DC, invited guest

April 2017 – Invited speaker/SME for Peace Rally, Dayton OH

Mar. 2017 – Washington, DC, briefed FBI Chief Nuclear & Radiological WMD Countermeasures

Mar. 2017 – Dayton Think Tank quarterly meeting, invited speakers included DHS/FBI/Medicine on EMP and Opioid Epidemic

Mar. 2017 – “Americans Killing Americans” WSU Staff Development Speaker

Mar. 2017 – NBCIG Meeting. Nuc/Bio/Chem Industry Group, Washington DC

Mar. 2017 – Infragard Speaker on Terrorism (InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector.)

Feb. 2017 – Intro to Terrorism Workshop for ATIC Intel Analyst Bootcamp

Feb. 2017 – Sherrod Brown, spoke about Ohio terrorism status

Feb. 2017 – Women in Business Luncheon speaker, Xenia Chamber of Commerce

Feb. 2017 – TriService Toxicology Consortium Meeting (Air Force/Navy/Army, two days)

Jan. 2017 – Recognizing a Potential Terrorist with Case Study for BioStar Program

Jan. 2017 – Infragard meeting

Jan. 2017 – Power Platform Workshop for ATIC’s new Intel Analyst class

Jan. 2017 – Submitted new manuscript to the publisher (release date Aug 2017)

Dec. 2016 – Submitted three abstracts for the National Homeland Security Conference, Buffalo, NY

Dec. 2016 – DTT Meeting, Environmental Manager, City of Dayton Department of Water

Dec. 2016 – WSU Story, Jim Hannah, on the Dayton Think Tank, Engineer’s Club

Dec. 2016 – Mayor Whaley Fundraiser (discussed terror threat with attendees)

Dec. 2016 – Navy Commander and Branch Chief (Tox) certificate program discussion and follow-up submission.

Nov. 2016 – Nominated into the Homeland Security Information Network

Nov. 2016 – NBC Industry Group Washington DC

Nov. 2016 – Annual Dayton MMRS Steering Committee meeting (Restricted due to topics)

Nov. 2016 – Dayton Think Tank Founder (Crisis, Threat, Emergency and Disaster Management)

Nov. 2016 - High Stakes Decision-making presentation at SAFE Symposium

Oct. 2016 – Attended a mandatory counterintelligence briefing (WPAFB)

Oct. 2016 -  Power Platform 2-hour workshop for INFORMS Engineering Symposium

Oct. 2016 - Led a Terrorism Case Studies 3 hour Workshop for Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) Analyst Bootcamp.

Sept. 2016 - Power Platform 2-hour workshop for Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) Analyst Bootcamp.

Sept. 2016 - Led a Terrorism 4-hour Workshop for Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) Analyst Bootcamp.

Sept. 2016 - Power Platform workshop for BioStar Students.

Aug. 2016 -  4-hour Terrorism Workshop specific to Dayton, Oakwood, and Cincinnati Police

Aug. 2016 -  Mindset of a Terrorist, terrorism workshops (am & pm for WSU Staff employees)

Aug. 2016 – WSRI Meeting to discuss the creation of a Center of Excellence in Homeland Security and Terrorism

July 2016 - Dayton Think Tank, first meeting.

July 2016 - WDTN/FOX 45 TV News interview.

July 2016 - One of the leads for an Active Shooter Scenario involving VA/Dayton/Fairborn Police, SWAT, Hostage Negotiations.

July 2016 - TV interview, Dallas Shooting. Terrorism.

July 2016 - FBI Biosecurity workshops, one of the leads.

June 2016 – Led a 4-hour Terrorism Workshop for Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) Analyst Bootcamp.

June 2016 - Abstract for OSHA Grant submitted.

May 2016 - Abstract for SAFE ASSOCIATION National Meeting (military) submitted.

May 2016 - FBI Chemical/Explosive training, invited to participate (and blow things up!) 

May 2016 - MedBiquitious Conference, Implementing Provider, Patient: Provider and Patient Facing Interventions in a Virtual Environment Johns Hopkins, Baltimore.

April 2016 - Invited Speaker Centerville Public Library, terrorism, >100 people in attendance.

April 2016 - Rotary Club invited speaker, terrorism.

April 2016 - Meeting with Dayton Mayor on Think Tank and 4/5/6 Power Platform.

April 2016 – Awarded a doctorate, Dissertation topic “High-Stakes Decision-Making for Crisis Leadership.”

March 2016 - Fox 45/ABC 22 TV interview on the closing of Guantanamo Bay Prison (GITMO), Cuba.

March 2016 – Attended FBI brief on Homegrown Terrorism

March 2016 – Presented two workshops to the Staff Development day (total 92 attendees) 4/5/6 Power Platform. 

Feb. 2016 - Muscatine, IA Journal Published Article “Muscatine Native Examines the Psychological Impact of Terrorism.”

Feb 2016 - Invited guest on behalf of the United States, United Nations Conference on Human Rights of Victims of Terrorism, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

Feb 2016 - Keynote speaker, Defense Institute Study and Education (IDSE) Military Supply Chain Workshop.

Jan. 2016 - Presented a half-day workshop on domestic terrorism for ATIC Analysis Bootcamp Students looking to get into the intelligence arena.

Jan 2016 - Led a lecture (100+ attendees) on the psychology behind the use of WMDs and terrorism.

Jan. 2016 - Attended an international conference on simulations, WSU took home an award (#1) on Sim games; VA SimLEARN was #2. Workshops attended included two on qualitative methods some used in this research, and TED talks. 

Dec. 2015 - FOX 19 live TV interview on a new book. This interview was repeated on 20+ media news links in the state.

Dec. 2015 - DDN Newspaper article on the new book. The article was published in several newspapers throughout the region.

Dec. 2015 - Book published by Praeger/ABC-Clio, Weapons of Mass Psychological Destruction & the People That Use Them. (UPDATE Book makes “BEST SELLING LIST 2005 – 2015”)

Oct. 2015 - Led a Terrorism Workshop for Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) Analyst Bootcamp.

Oct. 2015 - CBRN (Chem/Bio/Rad/Nuc defense program was funded by the Medical School to go National, including hiring an Assoc. Director.

Oct. 2015 - Attended a 3-day course on Simulation development, including a visit to the military simulations research center (Florida)

Oct. 2015 - Two papers (blind, peer-reviewed) accepted for oral presentations at a Management Conference in Columbus, one on decision-making, the other on meeting attendee behaviors and identifying bias. 

Sept. 2015 - Attended the Association for Medical Education Conference In Europe in Scotland.

May 2015 - Received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (before completing doctorate) at the Dayton VAMC in Simulations. Was one of the leads for a Mass Casualty Incident that involved several medical centers and Emergency Response in the state.

Aug. 2014 - Started an internship at the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC) continued on the book, spent time at NCMR, introduced to crisis gaming.

May. 2014 - IRB petition approved to identify anonymously meeting behaviors better to understand collaborative decision making, potential bias, and conflict management.

Sept. 2013 – Started Doctoral Program in Organizational Studies (Leadership/Business)

Sept. 2013 - Co-hosted the FBI/WMD terrorism workshop, FBI, EHS, P&T.

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