Lieutenant Lisa Hall, Ph.D.

Lieutenant Lisa Hall, Ph.D., serves as the Team Lead of the Intelligence Support Activity’s Psychological Warfare & Negotiations Unit and as the Chief Counselor for the USS Bellona. A psychologist who specialized in enhanced interrogation, she worked as a private contractor for many years before finally accepting a job with one of her most frequent employers: Starfleet Intelligence. While her education qualifies her as a counselor, her background would not make her an obvious pick if not for the need to fill two duties with one person.

History

Lisa Anne Hall was born on Turkana IV in 2354, two years after the colony broke away from the Federation. Growing up, she knew nothing but the grotesque conflict that had subsumed her world and invaded her home. Her father served in the militia of the Alliance, one of the two major factions vying for control of the planet, and when he’d come home at night, he’d take his anger and aggression out against his wife and daughter. When she was seven, her mother was killed in a terrorist bombing by the other major faction in the civil war. This served only served to accentuate his abusive pattern, now turned completely towards his daughter. Over the next five years, emotional and physical abuse turned into extreme sexual abuse, and at twelve, Lisa Hall ran away from home. Her freedom did not last long on the lawless planet. In trying to avoid the two warring factions, the twelve year old runaway fell into the lawless underbelly of the broken society, quickly becoming a victim of drugs and rape gangs before being sold off to an interstellar slave trading ring that used Turkana IV as a source of human sex slaves. For two years, she endured horrid conditions as she was ferried from world to world.

In 2369, at age fifteen, she finally found an escape. During a gathering of human traffickers in Meja’s Nebula, two of the parties got in disagreement that turned into an all out battle across Kodis Base. Along with six fellow captors, they stole a shuttle while the traffickers were too busy shooting each other to notice, and the complex gaseous composition of Meja’s Nebula cloaked their escape. The shuttle did not have the fuel to travel far, and they ended up stranded near Draken. Fortunately, a Starfleet patrol ship just happened to stumble upon them, and all seven were taken to the Starfleet base on Draken IV. There, Starfleet Security questioned them about the traffickers and then, while the four of age were released to their own devices, the three underage escapees were each put into the foster system. Hall was placed with Toshiyuki and Akane Ito, a kind couple with three young children living on Earth and working for the Federation Department of Ecology.

The Ito family extended every grace to young runaway Lisa Hall. They enrolled her in a local private school, included her in their family activities, shared their cultural values with her, and tried as best they could to give her the warm home she never had. For her part, Hall remained cold and distant, participating in but never fully integrating with her new family or peers at school. Her experiences were simply too jarring to get past, and she found no one who could truly relate. But the Itos did do two things that had a lasting impact on her: first, for as far behind as she was in her education, she dove headlong into the books at school and, with a quick wit, street smarts and a sharp mind, she was scoring marks equivalent to her peers by the end of high school; and second, they had her see a psychologist to work through some of her trauma, which, while she never fully got past it, got her interested in psychology, specifically, as she saw it, the practice of manipulating other’s minds.

In 2372, as Hall came of age, she and her peers applied for their next steps. For many, they laid their hopes on Starfleet Academy, or at least on enlisting the the Fleet, but Hall had no interest in Starfleet. The way she saw it, Starfleet had abandoned her world two years before she was borne, and in some way, she held them responsible for her fate. Instead, she sought out an education in psychology, and, while many universities turned her down due to her unconventional background and limited education, the Vulcan Institute of Cultural Affairs (VICA) accepted her likely for much the same reason. At VICA, she learned both the art of psychology, as practiced on others, and the art of inward control, as considered by Vulcans to be the first step to Kohlinar. By the time she graduated, she’d become controlled, focused and calculated. While a decent counselor, her true interest was in the art of manipulation, and thus she pursued a doctorate in psychological warfare techniques, a topic frowned down upon by the Federation at large.

Dr. Hall’s dissertation may have unsettled many in the academic community, skirting the boundary of professional ethics closely, but it also created a career path for her. In 2380, Dr. Hall began working as a private contractor for those willing to pay her fee. Many were non-government corporations, but one of her more interesting regular employers came to be Starfleet Intelligence. They used Dr. Hall for interrogations and other sensitive matters where it was simply not viable to use active duty Starfleet personnel, such as influencing the eventual apology issued by the C’hakilian Empire in 2381 and performing enhanced interrogation of a Klingon captain during the Omega Crisis of 2383. In 2384, her crowning off-book achievement with Starfleet Intelligence came when she ran a small unit conducting psychological warfare operations that helped guarantee the transformation of the Krazzle Empire into a Republic.

Starfleet Intelligence had on several occasions courted her to take an official appointment, but it was only after being impressed with one of their teams during the Krazzle manipulation that she finally accepted. In 2385, Dr. Hall was accepted into a two-year fast track program at Starfleet Academy geared for older professionals transitioning into the Fleet proper. She mastered material quickly and her Ph.D. put her counseling skills far beyond the regular Academy equivalent, even if some of her instructors found themselves unnerved by her cold, calculating approach that, outside of the counseling sessions themselves, seemed to be completely lacking of any compassion or care for her patients.

Lieutenant J.G. Hall graduated Starfleet Academy in 2386 and accepted an assignment on Deep Space 6. There, she served as a counselor for Starfleet personnel, but where her skills really came in handy were around psychological warfare and negotiation to keep the peace on the joint Federation-Romulan colony on Qualor III, the planet below. Following the collapse of Federation-Romulan relations, she was moved back into Starfleet Intelligence proper, serving on the USS Atlas as it patrolled the Raeyan Transit Corridor mediating the eventual departure of Romulan citizens from the colony worlds in the Corridor ceded over to the Federation. Her work there was well-received. She received a promotion to Lieutenant in mid-2388, and then, three months later, she received a transfer request from the Office of Fleet Specialized Support Activities, requesting her services aboard a new “Intelligence Support Activity” they were putting together.

Service Record

Start End Rank Role Assignment
2388
Lieutenant
Chief Counselor
HUMINT PSYOPS Team Lead
USS Bellona
23882388
Lieutenant
Chief NegotiatorUSS Atlas
23872388
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Chief NegotiatorUSS Atlas
23862387
Lieutenant Junior Grade
CounselorDeep Space 6
23852386
Cadet Senior Grade
CadetStarfleet Professional Academy
23842385
Cadet Junior Grade
CadetStarfleet Professional Academy
23802384
Psychology ConsultantPrivate Contractor
23762380
Doctoral CandidateVulcan Institute of Cultural Affairs
23722376
Student in PsychologyVulcan Institute of Cultural Affairs