Dr. Larry Regens is Regents Professor and the founding Director, University of Oklahoma Center for Intelligence and National Security, an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. He is a Professor of Strategic Communication, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Regens is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the OU Health Sciences Center. He was the founding Director of the OUHSC Center for Biosecurity Research and previously held the Bartlett Foundation Chair at OUHSC. He also previously held the Freeport-McMoRan Chair at Tulane.
He previously served in policy and analytical positions in the US Government and national laboratories and in the USMC in addition to being a tenured faculty member at major research universities. Dr. Regens has demonstrated expertise in modeling/simulation, risk assessment, statistical and spatial analysis techniques, and decision analysis. He has field experience in Western Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. He has chaired multiple International Atomic Energy Agency technical committees and is a former chair of the Group on Energy and Environment, Organization for Economic Cooperation Development. Dr. Regens has been a consultant to and/or has served on review panels for numerous organizations including the National Academy of Engineering, National Institutes of Health, US Special Operations Command, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the US Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Regens has authored and co-authored over 200 publications including articles in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and eight books including Islamic Radicalism and Global Jihad (Georgetown University Press). He has been PI for approximately $40 million in research funding, primarily from DOE, DOD, and DHS to conduct a series of large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects. His research focuses on identifying mechanisms to attenuate biological pathogen virulence; biomarkers of non-traditional chemical agent exposure; dispersion, deposition, and persistence of bioaerosols, chemical agents, and fissile/non-fissile radioactive material; intelligence-based adversarial threat characterization; and advanced video analytics.
Dr. Regens is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and International Association for Intelligence Education.