Denise Boots

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy
UT System Regents' Outstanding Teacher
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research
Tags: Public Policy Political Economy

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Criminology
University of South Florida - 2006
M.A. - Criminology
University of South Florida - 2001
B.A. - Criminology
University of South Florida - 1995

Research Areas

Research Interests
 DENISE PAQUETTE BOOTS is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy and the Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent trainee, a Level 4 juvenile counselor for adjudicated youth and served as the past Program Head of the Criminology Program.  Her research agenda focuses on issues related to interpersonal violence, with a specific emphasis on domestic violence and homicide, child abuse and neglect, mental health, life-course criminology, neuropsychological vulnerabilities, capital punishment, gendered pathways to crime and victimization, parricide, and outcome and process evaluations of problem-solving courts and criminal justice programs. She has published one book, five book chapters, and approximately 30 peer-reviewed articles and has been an invited speaker or panelist for close to 100 professional presentations. Her professional community service activities include serving as the lead researcher and Executive Committee member for the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce, as an editorial board member for the respected journal Violence Against Women, and as the founding president and Executive Board member for Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society at UT Dallas. In 2010, she was awarded the University of Texas Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, one of the most selective and prestigious teaching awards in the country.  In 2016, she was awarded the Evelyn Gilbert Unsung Hero Award for her contributions to scholarship and teaching from the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  In May of 2016 she was awarded the UT Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award for tenured faculty.  Dr. Boots is frequently called upon as a consultant to various non-profit, government, and community organizations, is a court-certified expert on family violence, sexual assault, and parricide, and is regularly sought out by national and local media outlets regarding topics related to interpersonal violence. 
 Her publications provide critical discussion of key public policy implications relevant to criminological, social, and legal circles while varying methodologies, theoretical models, and methods of analyses.

Publications

Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. 2012. A gendered view of violence. Invited book chapter for Routledge Handbook on Gender and Crime Studies, Routledge Press, Claire Renzetti, Susan Miller, and Angela Gover (Eds.) pp. 163-179. 2012 - Publication
Wareham, J., and Boots, D. P. 2012. The link between mental health problems and youth violence in children and adolescents: A multilevel test of DSM-oriented problems. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 39, 1003-1024. 2012 - Publication
Bingham, A., Cochran, J. K., Boots, D. P., & Heide, K. M. (2011). Public support for preventive/corrective remedies against miscarriages of justice in capital cases. Justice Quarterly DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2011.619560, 1-25. 2011 - Publication
Boots, D. P. , and Cochran, J. K. The gender gap in support for capital punishment: A test of attribution theory. Women & Criminal Justice, 21(3). 2011 - Publication
Gender differences in mental health problems and violence among Chicago youth. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 9, 3-22. 2011 - Publication
Boots, D. P. 2011. Neurobiological perspectives of brain vulnerability in pathways to violence over the life-course. Invited book chapter in The Ashgate Research Companion To Biosocial Theories of Crime, K. M. Beaver and A. Walsh (Eds.) pp. 181-212. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press. 2011 - Publication
Gendered perspectives on depression and antisocial behaviors: An extension of the failure model in adolescent PHDCN girls and boys. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 38, 63-84. 2011 - Publication
Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. Controlling for comorbidity matters: DSM-oriented scales and violent offending in Chicago cohorts. Aggressive Behavior, 35, 1-17. 2010 - Publication
Wareham, J., Boots, D. P., and Chavez, J. 2009. A test of social learning and intergenerational transmission among batterers. Journal of Criminal Justice 37:163-173. 2009 - Publication
Boots, D. P., Bihari, J., and Elliott, E. 2009. The state of the castle: An overview of recent trends in state castle doctrine legislation and public policy. Criminal Justice Review DOI:10.1177/0734016809332095. 2009 - Publication

Appointments

Professor of Public Policy & Political Economy
The University of Texas at Dallas [2018–Present]
Program Head of Program in Criminology
The University of Texas at Dallas [2016–2018]
EPPS
Associate Professor of Criminology
The University of Texas at Dallas [2010–2018]
EPPS
Associate Chair/Graduate Director
The University of Texas at Dallas [2009–2010]
EPPS
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2006–2010]
EPPS
Adjunct Instructor
University of South Florida [2004–2006]
CAS
Assistant Undergraduate Advisor
University of South Florida [2004–2006]
CAS
Graduate Research Assistant
University of South Florida [2001–2004]
CAS
Adjunct Instructor
University of South Florida [2000–2001]
CAS
Level 4 Secure-Facility Juvenile Counselor
Family Continuity Program, Plant City, Florida [1999–1999]

Additional Information

Selected Professional Activities and Service to National Organizations/Agencies/External Departments
  • 2018-2019         American Society of Criminology, 2019 National Program Committee Violent Crime Subchair
  • 2018                  External Peer Reviewer for tenure and promotion candidate, UT El Paso Department of Criminal Justice
  • 2013-present     Violence Against Women (Sage Publications Journal), Editorial Board Member
  • 2017-present     American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime, Social Committee Co-Chair and Co-Organizer for Annual Breakfast and Socials at ASC meeting
  • 2013-2017         American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime, Senior Executive Counselor (2 elected consecutive terms)
  • 2017-2018         Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2018 National Program Committee Specialty Courts Chair
  • 2017-2018         Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Donal MacNamara Award for Outstanding Publication Committee Member
  • 2015-2017         American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime, Working Group on Criminologists in Non-Academic Careers Committee Member
  • 2015-2016         Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, ACJS New Scholar Award Committee Chair
  • 2014-2015         Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, ACJS Fellow Award Committee Member
  • 2013-2014         American Society of Criminology, 2014 National Program Committee Death Penalty Chair
  • 2013-2014         Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2014 National Program Committee Death Penalty Chair
  • 2012-2013         American Society of Criminology, Mentoring Committee
  • 2010-2011         Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2011 National Program Committee Death Penalty Chair
  • 2010                  External Peer Reviewer, National Institute of Justice
Selected Program Service and Activities

  • 2016-2018       Program Head, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2016-2018       Graduate Admissions Committee Chair, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2016-2018       Program Committee Chair, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2018-present   Graduate Admissions Committee Member, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2018-present   Comprehensive Exams Theory Committee Member, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2018                 Comprehensive/Qualifying Exam Co-Coordinator, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2016-2018       Comprehensive Exams Committee Chair, Criminology Program UT Dallas
  • 2015-present   Qualifying Examination ad hoc Committee Member, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2018                 3rd Year Review Committee Member for Andrew Wheeler, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2018                 Criminology Program Head Selection Committee, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Faculty Discussant, Criminology Graduate Student Association Brownbag Seminar on Qualifying & Comprehensive Exams
  • 2017                 Organizer and Event Host, Criminology Program Distinguished Speaker Series with Adrian Raine
  • 2017                 Lead presenter and Organizer for Criminology Program Recruiting Event for Criminal Justice Majors, Collin College, Plano, Texas 
  • 2017                 Organizer for Summer Qualifying Examinations, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Organizer for Summer Comprehensive Examinations, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Recruiting Wall Design Committee Member, Criminology Program UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Event Organizer, Criminology Program Doctoral Hooding Reception, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Organizer for Spring Qualifying Examinations, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Organizer for Spring Comprehensive Examinations, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Event Co-Host, Criminology Program Distinguished Speaker Series with John Petrila, Meadows Mental Health and Policy Institute, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Organizer for Criminology Program Website redesign and launch, UT Dallas
  • 2016                 Lead presenter and Organizer for Criminology Program Recruiting Event for Criminal Justice Majors, Collin College, Plano, Texas
  • 2015-2016       Guest Speaker Committee, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2015-2016       Graduate Student Teaching Committee Member, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2012-2016         Comprehensive Exams Committee Member, Criminology Program UT Dallas 
Selected School Service and Activities
  • 2018-2020       Elected member of EPPS Faculty Personnel Review Committee, UT Dallas
  • 2018-2019       Elected member of EPPS Faculty Advisory Committee, UT Dallas
  • 2018-present   EPPS Administrative Structure Committee Chair, UT Dallas
  • 2017-2018       EPPS Scholarship Committee Member, UT Dallas
  • 2017                 Invited presenter for two EPPS Freshmen Experience Living Learning Community classes for Program in Criminology in Dr. Carol Lanham’s class
  • 2017                 Organizer for Department of Homeland Security webinar for student employment and internships, UT Dallas
  • 2016                 Invited presenter for two EPPS Freshmen Experience Living Learning Community classes for Program in Criminology in Dr. Carol Lanham’s class

News Articles

Parricide Authority Lends Insights to TV Discussion
Millions of people have tuned in to the Dr. Phil show for advice, but this week the Dr. Phil show turned to one UT Dallas professor for counsel.  

Dr. Phil producers called Dr. Denise Paquette Boots for an upcoming episode about several high-profile homicides, some involving juvenile offenders. Boots, a criminologist in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, flew to Los Angeles this week to tape the episode, which is scheduled to air Monday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Dallas time on KTVT-TV (Channel 11).
Criminology Prof Urges Caution on Spring Break
Spring break means nonstop parties for many students, but young people need to stay smart to stay safe, says a criminology expert at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor in UT Dallas, offers this advice to spring breakers: -Leave behind a detailed itinerary, avoid traveling long distances by yourself and don’t tell anyone you meet on the road where you’re going or staying. -Safeguard money and travel documents, and keep them out of sight. Buy travelers checks, register the numbers in a safe place and carry only what’s needed in lieu of cash. -Choose a hotel that offers a safe for valuables, make a copy of your passport photo and carry it in your wallet. Don’t carry a passport unless heading to the airport.
Criminology Prof Works to Expand the Possibilities
Opening the door to numerous possibilities in any given field is often something only a talented and engaging professor can do for students. After being chosen for a Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award from The University of Texas System, it can be said that Dr. Denise Paquette Boots has successfully met those specifications. Boots, an assistant professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is one of only 18 tenure-track faculty members from across the UT System chosen for the award. “We are especially thrilled that a new faculty member has already been recognized for the quality of her teaching,” said Dr. Brian Berry, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. “We look forward to many more UT Dallas students benefiting from her outstanding instruction.”
Grant to Fund Criminology Study of At-Risk Youth
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded a grant to a UT Dallas criminologist to study the root causes of youth violence and the roles families and communities play in the problem. Dr. Denise Paquette Boots and her colleague will use the $38,000 grant to support a year-long, secondary data analysis project titled “Mental Health and Violent Offending in Chicago Youth: A Multi-level Approach.” Boots, an assistant professor and associate chair in the Criminology Program of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, and Dr. Jennifer Wareham, assistant professor of criminal justice at Wayne State University, will expand on their recent research into the role mental health plays in violent pathways that develop during childhood and adolescence.
Study Links Mental Health Issues to Youth Violence
Serious mental health issues in childhood may predict future youth violence, according to a UT Dallas study sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Justice. Criminal justice experts and psychologists have long debated the role that mental health problems play in influencing violent behavior in teens and adults. Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology at The University of Texas at Dallas, looked at how various mental health problems corresponded with violence among participants in a longitudinal study involving inner-city Chicago residents. Boots and her colleague Jennifer Wareham, an associate professor of criminal justice at Wayne State University, found that children identified as having antisocial and oppositional defiant behaviors were significantly more likely to commit violent offenses across adolescence and adulthood. They recently published their findings in a final technical report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Affiliations

Center for Children and Families
University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Dr. Margaret Tresch Owen, Director
Honors Affiliate Faculty, Collegium V
2018/12