Diane L. Zahm, Ph.D., AICP, is Associate Professor 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. Dr. Zahm previously served as the international chair of the International CPTED Association.