The Director of the Center is Dr. Derek J. Paulsen. Dr. Paulsen earned his Ph.D in Criminal Justice in 2000 from Sam Houston State University and is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Paulsen is highly active in research on spatial aspects of crime and the impact of urban planning and development on crime patterns. Dr. Paulsen is the lead author of two books on crime mapping as well as numerous articles dealing with crime mapping and crime analysis issues that have appeared in such journals as Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, and International Journal of Police Science and Management. A frequent presenter on crime mapping topics at both academic and professional conferences, Dr. Paulsen has been an invited speaker numerous times at the NIJ MAPS Conference, NIJ Conference, UK Crime Mapping Conference, and the International Investigative Psychology Conference. In addition to his focus on the nexus between crime and urban planning, Dr. Paulsen’s research focuses on crime mapping and tactical analysis, crime forecasting and Geosimulation of crime.