Diane L. Zahm, Ph.D., AICP, is Associate Professor and Associate
Director for Undergraduate Programs in Urban Affairs and Planning
at Virginia Tech. Her teaching and research examine local policy
and decisions regarding land use, site layout and facility design, and
their long-term impact on crime, fear and neighborhood viability.
Dr. Zahm’s academic and professional background includes both
community development and criminal justice experience, in New
York, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia. She staffed the Florida
Attorney General’s Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Design Program and is a founding member of the Florida CPTED
Network. Presently, Dr. Zahm serves as the international chair of the
International CPTED Association.