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Lieutenant Contessa Cavenaugh

Name Contessa Antonia Cavenaugh Ph.D.

Position Chief Counselor

Rank Lieutenant

Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 34

Physical Appearance

Height 5'6"
Weight 120 lbs.
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Brown
Physical Description She has a tattoo of a butterfly on her right ankle.


Spouse None
Children None
Father Patrick Cavenaugh
Mother Mary Cavenaugh
Brother(s) None
Sister(s) None
Other Family None

Personality & Traits

General Overview Contessa prides herself on being a down to earth and outgoing young woman who is not at all like the person her background might suggest. She’s never completely gotten over the insecurities she felt in childhood, but that’s something she’ll admit freely. She’s always been a hard worker, but it’s only recently that she’s blossomed and found she’s truly passionate about her recent career choices.
Strengths & Weaknesses Her relationship with her parents is more strained, thanks to a secret Contessa discovered while writing her dissertation. She told no one of her discovery, and she is not sure she ever will, believing it would do no one any good after so much time has passed. The discovery helped to explain why she has always felt like an outsider, and she has been able to move on to a degree, but she is still uneasy. Her parents, when they bother to notice the distance between them, chalk it up to disinterest and a desire for independence.

She’s a straight-forward, no-nonsense woman, and her compassion for people can sometimes blind her to the harsh realities of her job. However, these qualities have also helped her earn the respect of attorneys and witnesses on both sides of the aisle. Contessa doesn’t like to talk of her family, but she will, if asked.
Ambitions Contessa aspires to be a wife and mother someday.
Hobbies & Interests Although outwardly she is very feminine (thanks to years of “good breeding”), deep down, she’s a bit of a tomboy and enjoys all sorts of sports. She likes to use this to her advantage, as most people don’t expect it based on her appearance and demeanor. Contessa also makes a point to keep abreast of the latest research concerning counseling or forensic psychology.
Languages Federation Standard, some Italian, American Sign Language, Klingon and Romulan

Personal History As far as Contessa, “Tess” Antonia knew, she was born to Patrick, a criminal lawyer, and Mary, a nurse. Both parents said they grew up in blue collar families in Boston, but the only thing she was told was they left as soon as they turned eighteen to pursue better lives for themselves in Colorado. Contessa would come to learn pursuing a better life, to them, actually meant pursuing wealth and prestige, and renouncing the Irish and Italian Catholic values they had grown up with. She knows very little about her extended family even today, something that bothers her tremendously.

As an only child, Contessa wanted for little growing up. She attended the best schools and hung out with kids from the most elite social circles. Her parents loved doting on her and showing her off, and outwardly, Contessa was the perfect daughter: intelligent, cultured, and confident. Inwardly, however, Contessa felt awkward and shy. While her tall, blonde, and tanned classmates participated in pageants and cotillions, short, dark-haired, paler Contessa was more of a tomboy, preferring basketball and reading.

Compounding her uneasiness was the fact that her parents were almost always too busy working to spend time with her. Left to her own devices much of the time, she tried to rebel the way she had seen her peers rebel, but skipping school, smoking, and drinking were not really her thing, and she imitated her classmates simply to fit in. Unfortunately, her peers sensed this uneasiness and her awkwardness, and she was never really accepted, truly.

Tess’ feelings of isolation and feeling out of place ultimately sparked her interest in the causes of abnormal behavior. She found a measure of peace when she decided to pursue clinical and forensic psychology because it was an opportunity to challenge her intellect while also helping people. Perhaps subconsciously, she also hoped it would provide a way for her to connect with her father through his work. Contessa enjoyed studying criminal profiling and other aspects of forensic psychology and often day dreamed of doing this sort of work for Starfleet. As much as Contessa tried to keep herself emotionally detached as a means to cope with her lonely childhood, however, it was her maternal and empathetic nature that fueled her desire to become a therapist and to assist survivors of crime, not simply suspects and convicted offenders.

Her parents were, at best, ambivalent about her interests. They didn’t understand what being a psychologist was all about, let alone why she wanted to be one on behalf of Starfleet, but they loved their daughter and wanted to be supportive in the ways they could. She graduated South San Francisco High School summa cum laude and immediately entered Starfleet Academy, where in addition to standard Starfleet training in psychology, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology. Her parents hated the fact she wanted to leave her homeworld, a sentiment that has caused some tension to this day.

Tess was pleased to find diversity and open-mindedness at the Academy and she thrived. Building on the interests she first developed as a teen and young adult, Contessa completed internships with the Starfleet Criminal Investigative Service which taught her more about criminal profiling, competency and forensic evaluations, and serving as an expert witness in court. As she learned more about these areas, she also became more exposed to victim’s issues, and providing counseling and advocacy to victims of crime became a natural, and fitting, area of specialization given her interests and skills.

Upon graduation, she was offered a posting as a staff psychologist/victim’s advocate for SFCIS on Earth. She continued to move up the ranks within the SFCIS and earned praise for her collaborative efforts during investigations aboard frontline ships and stations. Desiring an opportunity to gain experience outside of the SFCIS, Contessa later accepted a posting as Assistant Chief Psychologist aboard the USS Endeavor. She credits the assignment for giving her a broader perspective of Starfleet and its mission.

When her superiors learned of the opening aboard Deep Space 12 for a Chief Counselor with experience in criminal investigation and law enforcement, they requested her transfer. Contessa was thrilled and is eagerly looking forward to the new challenges ahead.

Service Record Starfleet Academy, San Francisco Campus
Forensic Psychology Internships, SFCIS HQ
Staff Psychology/Victim’s Advocate, SFCIS HQ
Assistant Chief Psychologist USS Endeavor
Present: Chief Counselor, Deep Space 12