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Dr. Denise Paquette Boots
Associate Professor-Economic, Political & Policy Sciences
Contact Address   800 W. Campbell Rd. GR 31, Richardson, TX 75080     Office MailstopMail Box: GR 31, GR 2.124, Room No.: GR 2.124 
Email Address  deniseboots@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-6468    URL Boots Denise Paquette's Webpage    Media Contact
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 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.CriminologyUniversity of South Florida2006
 M.A.CriminologyUniversity of South Florida2001
 B.A.CriminologyUniversity of South Florida1995
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Research Interests

Dr. Boots' current research focuses around issues related to violence and public policy. She has conducted research related to neuropsychological correlates of violence, life course perspectives of crime, mental health, child abuse, domestic violence, parricide, capital punishment, youth crime, and other forms of interpersonal aggression. 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.

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2012
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.
Peer reviewed
2012
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.
Book chapters
2011
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.
Category: Criminal Justice & Behavior
Peer reviewed
2011
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.
Peer reviewed
2011
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.
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6/2010 6/2010 Community, social problems, mental health and antisocial behavior among PHDCN youth: A multilevel study.

Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. 2010. Community, social problems, mental health and antisocial behavior among PHDCN youth: A multilevel study. Invited presenter as part of Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods: Aspects of Acculturation and Resilience panel at the annual National Institute of Justice meeting, Arlington, Virginia, June.

3/2011 3/2011 Examining the impact of mental health problems on antisocial behavior among PHDCN youth: Multi-level considerations.

Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. 2011. Examining the impact of mental health problems on antisocial behavior among PHDCN youth: Multi-level considerations. Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting. Toronto, Canada, March.

2/2011 2/2011 Examining the role of mental health problems on antisocial behavior among PHDCN youth: A consideration of multi-level factors

Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. 2011. Examining the role of mental health problems on antisocial behavior among PHDCN youth: A consideration of multi-level factors. Paper presented at the Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Conference, Sarasota, Florida, February.

2/2010 2/2010 Gendered perspectives on depression and antisocial behaviors: An extension of the failure model in adolescent PHDCN girls.

Weir, H., Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. 2010. Gendered perspectives on depression and antisocial behaviors:  An extension of the failure model in adolescent PHDCN girls. Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting, San Diego, California, February.

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Bartula, A. L., Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. 2010. An evaluation of one domestic violence court’s program performance and recidivism outcomes. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting, San Francisco, California, November.

 

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Center for Children and Families
University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Dr. Margaret Tresch Owen, Director
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2010-presentAssociate ProfessorProgram in CriminologyEPPSThe University of Texas at Dallas
2010-presentAssociate ProfessorProgram in CriminologyEPPSThe University of Texas at Dallas
2009-2010Associate Chair/Graduate DirectorProgram in CriminologyEPPSThe University of Texas at Dallas
2006-2010Assistant ProfessorProgram in CriminologyEPPSThe University of Texas at Dallas
2004-2006Adjunct InstructorCriminology DepartmentCASUniversity of South Florida
2004-2006Assistant Undergraduate AdvisorCriminology DepartmentCASUniversity of South Florida
2001-2004Graduate Research AssistantUSF Interim Dean & Professor Kathleen M. HeideCASUniversity of South Florida
2000-2001Adjunct InstructorCriminology DepartmentCASUniversity of South Florida
1999-1999Level 4 Secure-Facility Juvenile Counselor  Family Continuity Program, Plant City, Florida
1996-1996Border Patrol Agent TraineeImmigration and Naturalization ServiceUnited States Department of JusticeFLETC Training Center, Glynco, Georgia
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 DurationTitleSponsorAmountStatus
12/2009-3/2011Mental Health and Violent Offending in Chicago Youth: A Multilevel ApproachNational Institute of Justice$34,970Previous
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Grant to Fund Criminology Study of At-Risk Youth
UT Dallas News Center
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
UT Dallas News Center
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.

Criminology Prof Works to Expand the Possibilities
UT Dallas News Center
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.”

Criminology Prof Urges Caution on Spring Break
UT Dallas News Center

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.


Parricide Authority Lends Insights to TV Discussion
University of Texas at Dallas

Criminology Prof Works to Expand the Possibilities
University of Texas at Dallas

Regents' Awards Extol Work of 4 Instructors
University of Texas at Dallas

Crime Rates are Down, So Why Aren't We Up?
Dallas Morning News

Erie Arson-Homicide among the Rarest of Crimes
Erie Times News

It Can, and Does, Happen Here
San Diego Union-Tribune

Experts See Flags, Flaws in Gardner's Case File
San Diego Union-Tribune

Family's Tragedy is Shocking to Friends
San Antonio Express-News

Killings Leave Sorrow, Questions
San Antonio Express-News

'08 kidnapping haunts Fletcher as men's charges reduced
Dallas Morning News

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RECOGNITIONS/HONORS/AWARDS
  • Chapter President and Charter Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2011- present, UT Dallas
  • Honors Faculty Mentor to Terry Scholars Program, 2011-present, UT Dallas
  • ING Faculty Coach of the Game, 2010, UT Dallas Athletics
  • UTD Residential Senate Freshmen Faculty Spotlight Speaker, UT Dallas
  • University of Texas Board of Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009
  • Nominated for Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009, UT Dallas
  • Nominated for Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, 2007, UT Dallas
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2006, National Consortium on Violence Research
  • Department of Criminology Advanced Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2006, University of South Florida
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2005, National Consortium on Violence Research
  • Department of Criminology Graduate Assistant Award, 2005, University of South Florida
  • 1st Annual Grace Allen Graduate Scholarship Award, 2004, University of South Florida Women's Club
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2004, National Consortium on Violence Research
  • Department of Criminology Graduate Research Assistant Award, 2004, University of South Florida
  • Outstanding Paper in Social Sciences Award, 2003, College of Arts & Sciences 2nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium, University of South Florida
  • Department of Criminology Graduate Research Assistant Award, 2003, University of South Florida
  • Department of Criminology Graduate Research Assistant Award, 2002, University of South Florida
  • Nominated for Outstanding Masters' Thesis Prize Award, 2001, University of South Florida
  • Department of Criminology Graduate Research Assistant Award, 2001, University of South Florida
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1999, University of South Florida
  • Honor Society of Alpha Phi Sigma, 1994, University of South Florida

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • Society for Research in Child Development, 2009- present
  • American Association of University Professors, 2005- present
  • National Consortium on Violence Research, 2004-2006
  • American Correctional Association, 2001- present
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2001- present
  • American Society of Criminology, 2000- present
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1999- present
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society, 1994- present

Reviews/Refereeing of Scholarly Articles and Books:

Journal of Crime & Justice, Justice Quarterly, Violence Against Women, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Sociological Focus, Ashgate Publishing (The Power of Looks), McGraw Hill (textbook reviews), Oxford University Press (Life Without Parole, 5th edition)


Professional Service to Societies and Organizations
  • 2013-2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2014 National Program Committee
  • 2012-present American Society of Criminology, Mentoring Committee
  • 2011-present  Editorial Board Member, Violence Against Women
  • 2010-2011 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2011 National Program Committee
  • 2010 External Peer Reviewer, National Institute of Justice
  • 2009-present Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2011 National Program Committee
  • 2008-2009 American Society of Criminology, Teaching Award Committee
  • 2008 Co-editor, American Society of Criminology ad hoc Teaching Committee, Introduction to Criminology course, teaching references and syllabi library (available at: http://www.asc41.com/Syllabi_Collection/Intro_Criminology/Intro_Criminology_Syllabi.html)
  • 2007-2008 American Society of Criminology, ad hoc Teaching Committee
  • 2006-2007 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Student Affairs Committee

Program Service
  • 2010 Organizer and Host for Visiting Scholar mentoring workshops and research presentations conducted by Drs. Alex and Nicole Piquero (Florida State University) for Criminology Graduate Students
  • 2010 Organizer and Host for Visiting Scholar symposium conducted by Dr. Claire Renzetti (University of Kentucky) for EPPS and Criminology Graduate Students
  • 2010 Co-Organizer and Presenter, Introduction to Grants and Grant Writing Symposium
  • 2009-2010 Associate Chair/Graduate Director, Criminology Program, UT Dallas
  • 2006-2010 Criminology Graduate Program Committee Member, UT Dallas
  • 2009 Organizer, Annual Criminology Graduate Student Orientation, UT Dallas
  • 2009 Organizer, Hutchins State Jail Tour for UT Dallas students, Dallas, Texas
  • 2009 Organizer, Criminology Graduate Student Professionalization and CV Development Seminar, UT Dallas
  • 2008 Co-organizer, Annual Criminology Graduate Student Orientation, UT Dallas
  • 2008 Organizer, Border Patrol Job Fair and Lecture with Laredo Sector Border Patrol Chief Carlos Carrillo, UT Dallas
  • 2007-2008 SACSCOC Assessment Planning and Criminology Program Development, UT Dallas
  • 2007 Organizer, Advanced Graduate Student Seminar on Effective Interviewing and Transitioning to Junior Faculty, UT Dallas
  • 2007 Co-organizer, 1st Annual Criminology Graduate Student Orientation, UT Dallas
  • 2006-2007 Faculty Search Committee Member, UT Dallas
  • 2004 CAS Dean Search Committee student representative, University of South Florida

School Service
  • 2012 EPPS Academic Appeals Committee Member, UT Dallas
  • 2012 EPPS Welcome Week Faculty Volunteer, UT Dallas
  • 2010-2011 EPPS Committee on Effective Teaching Member, UT Dallas
  • 2011 EPPS Welcome Week Faculty Volunteer, UT Dallas
  • 2010 Organizer and Host for Visiting Scholar research symposium to be conducted by Dr. Alex Piquero (Florida State University), “What Can Alice in Wonderland Teach Us about Criminal Careers and Life-Course Criminology?”
  • 2010 Organizer and Host for Visiting Scholar research symposium to be conducted by Dr. Nicole Piquero (Florida State University), “How Much is the Public Willing to Pay to be Protected from Identity Theft?”
  • 2010 Organizer and Host for Visiting Scholar symposium conducted by Dr. Claire Renzetti (University of Dayton), “Persevering and Publishing: How to Survive Graduate School and Beyond”
  • 2009-2010 EPPS Dean Search Committee Member, UT Dallas
  • 2007 Organizer, EPPS faculty orientation manual at request of Brian Berry, Dean, UT Dallas
  • 2007 Organizer, Advanced Graduate Student Seminar on Effective Interviewing and Transitioning to Junior Faculty, UT Dallas
  • 2006 Undergraduate Scholar's Day, UT Dallas

University Service
  • 2013-2015 Past President and Executive Board Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UT Dallas 
  • 2012-2013 Mid-tenure Review Ad Hoc Committee Member, JC Barnes
  • 2012 Selection Committee Member, UT Dallas Diversity Teaching Award for Inclusive Excellence
  • 2012 Outside Chair, Arts & Humanities Dissertation Candidate
  • 2011-2012 Mid-tenure Review Ad Hoc Committee Member, Robert Morris
  • 2011-2012 Tenure and Promotion Ad Hoc Committee Member, Robert Morris
  • 2011-2013 Chapter President and Charter Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UT Dallas
  • 2011-2012 Honors Faculty and Mentor to Terry Scholars Program, UT Dallas
  • 2010-2011 Institutional Review Board, Scientific Review Committee Member
  • 2010 Keynote Speaker, Terry Scholar Program Fall Banquet, UT Dallas
  • 2010  UTD Residential Senate Freshmen Faculty Spotlight Speaker, UT Dallas
  • 2009-present   Interviewer & Evaluator, Health Professions Evaluation Program for Undergraduate Pre- Medical/Pre-Dental Students through Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC), UT Dallas
  • 2009-2010 UTD Faculty Ambassador, requested to serve by Associate Provost Emily Tobey, UT Dallas
  • 2009 UTD Residential Senate Freshmen Faculty Spotlight Speaker, UT Dallas
  • 2009-2010 Faculty Senate Member, UT Dallas
  • 2008-2010 Faculty Mentoring Program at UT Dallas, Peer Mentor to Dr. Robert Morris
  • 2009 Interviewer & Evaluator, Health Professions Evaluation Program for Undergraduate Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Students through Health Professions Advising Center, UT Dallas
  • 2008 Texas Scholars Program (Dallas Independent School District volunteer in program encouraging disadvantaged 8th graders to succeed academically), UT Dallas
  • 2006-2007 University of Texas at Dallas Police Explorers Advisory Committee, UT Dallas

Community Service
  • 2010 Dallas One-stop Optimized Reentry System (DOORS) Standards Committee, Dallas, Texas
  • 2009-present RTC Committee for Girls Facility, Consultant and Task Force Member, Dallas County Juvenile Services, Dallas, Texas
  • 2009 Invited guest speaker on mental health and youth violence at the 25th Annual Community Connections Conference, Texas Youth Commission and State Volunteer Resource Council, Plano, Texas
  • 2008 Research Consultant, Neighborhood Youth and Family Counseling of Richardson (domestic and interpersonal violence counseling center)
  • 2008 Research Consultant, Dallas Common non-profit organization, Dallas, Texas
  • 2007-present Research Consultant, RALLY non-profit organization, Dallas, Texas
  • 2007 Research Consultant, Urban Warriors non-profit organization, Dallas, Texas

Oral Presentations and Interviews as Community Service or in the Media
  • 2010    Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas) print interview on violent victimization by Wendy Hundley, “'08 kidnapping haunts Fletcher as men's charges reduced”
  • 2010    Dallas One-stop Optimized Reentry System (DOORS) Standards Committee, Dallas, Texas
  • 2010    San Antonio Express-News (San Antonio, Texas) print interview on murder-suicide by Peter J. Holley, “Killings Leave Sorrow, Questions”
  • 2010    San Antonio Express-News (San Antonio, Texas) print interview on murder-suicide by Eva Ruth Moravec, “Family’s Tragedy is Shocking to Friends”
  • 2010    San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, California) print interview on mental health and sexual predators by John Wilkens, “Experts See Flags, Flaws in Gardner’s Case File”
  • 2010    San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, California) print interview on sexual homicide by John Wilkens, “It Can, and Does, Happen Here”
  • 2010    Erie Times News (Erie, Pennsylvania) print interview on parricide by Ed Palattella, “Erie Arson-Homicide among the Rarest of Crimes”
  • 2010    Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas) print interview on crime rates by Steve Blow, “Crime Rates are Down, So Why Aren’t We Up?”
  • 2009    RTC Committee for Girls Facility, Consultant and Task Force Member, Dallas County Juvenile Services, Dallas, Texas
  • 2009    Invited guest speaker on mental health and youth violence at the 25th Annual Community Connections Conference, Texas Youth Commission and State Volunteer Resource Council, Plano, Texas
  • December 15, 2008 Dr. Phil Show (Hollywood, California) invited guest expert on parricide and homicide, CBS/Paramount Studios
  • August-December 2008 San Antonio Express-News, (San Antonio, Texas) consulted on print news article by David Rauf regarding murder-suicide and emotional impact of these crimes
  • July 14, 2008 Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) print news article by Chris Joyner, "West Jackson Crime Up: Drugs, Economy Eyed" April 9, 2008
  • Fox 4 News (Dallas, Texas) television and print interviews regarding U.S. Border Patrol Job Fair at UT Dallas
  • April 4, 2007 CBS Channel 11 (Dallas, Texas) television media interview regarding serial rapists/violent offenders
  • June 30, 2007 Invited keynote speaker, R.A.L.L.Y. (Dallas, Texas non-profit community organization) Anti- Violence rally and event, Dallas, Texas
  • May 16, 2007 Invited guest speaker on intimate partner violence and research trends for Neighborhood Youth and Family Counseling of Richardson, Inc. (Richardson, Texas)
  • February 22, 2007 Contra Costa Times (San Francisco Bay Area, CA) print news article by John Simerman on parricide "Again, A Son Arrested in Parent's Killing"

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Denise Paquette Boots, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2006 and joined the faculty here at UT Dallas in August of that year. She is a former juvenile residential counselor for adjudicated youth, Border Patrol Agent trainee, and Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the National Consortium on Violence Research. Dr. Boots is currently an Associate Professor of Criminology and formerly served as Graduate Director and Associate Chair within the program.

Her present research focuses around issues related to violence and public policy. She has conducted research related to neuropsychological correlates of violence, life course perspectives of crime, mental health, child abuse, domestic violence, parricide, capital punishment, youth crime, and other forms of interpersonal aggression. 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.

Dr. Boots teaches classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Introduction to Crime and Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Family Violence over the Lifecourse, Homicide and Capital Punishment, and professionalization seminars for advanced graduate students. In 2009, Dr. Boots was one of nine tenure-track professors across the University of Texas system chosen to receive the prestigious UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in the classroom.

Her professional service activities include serving formerly as the Associate Chair of the Criminology Program, as the Faculty Mentor to the Terry Scholars Program, as a member of the 2011 ACJS Program Committee, on the Editorial Board of the journal Violence Against Women, and as a consultant to various non-profit organizations and media outlets on topics related to violence. She currently serves as the inaugural president of the recently founded UT Dallas chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


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