Karlijn Kuijpers received her Ph.D. in Victimology from Tilburg University, the Netherlands in 2011. Prior to joining ILS, she was an assistant professor in criminology; first at Leiden University in the Netherlands and most recently at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She is a mixed-methodologist by training and has published extensively in leading empirical social science journals. Her research to date has primarily focused on the causes and consequences of intimate partner violence. Dr. Kuijpers has extensive experience as a college instructor. She has taught multiple courses in the field of Criminology and Victimology and coordinated dozens of independent studies and thesis research projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2019, she received the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Currently, Dr. Kuijpers is a Senior Research Associate on the Statewide Implementation Team at ILS. Here, she conducts applied research into the quality of indigent public defense. To ensure the collection of accurate data, she delivers trainings on data reporting procedures and requirements to providers of mandated criminal representation throughout New York State. Dr. Kuijpers is a member of the statewide Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act Task Force and, in that realm, she provides trainings to attorneys on trauma-informed advocacy and the dynamics of domestic violence. These trainings have been offered as Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses through professional organizations such as the New York State Defenders Association. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany where she teaches a seminar in Criminal Justice at the graduate level.