Denise Boots

Denise Paquette Boots


  • mental health and violent crime
  • kids who kill
  • parricide
  • matricide
  • patricide
  • predictors of delinquency
  • youth crime
  • child abuse and neglect
  • developmental criminology
  • corrections
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • homicide
  • capital punishment
  • death penalty
  • castle doctrine
  • neuropsychological correlates of violence


Emily Martinez

Expert at a Glance

Denise Paquette Boots, PhD School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Associate Professor of Criminology

Dr. Boots’ work in criminology is unique because she uses longitudinal data to study issues of violence from a life-course perspective. This developmental approach enables her to examine predictors of violent behavior in youth, such as mental health, gender, race and family factors. She also has expertise in parricide (kids who kill their parents), the death penalty, domestic violence and the castle doctrine, which gives people the right to defend themselves with deadly force in their homes.

Boots was selected as the first faculty president of UT Dallas' new Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and is mentor to the university's Terry Scholars program.

Boots has been honored by the UT System with its Regents Award for Teaching. Among her classes are: Introduction to Crime and Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Family Violence, Capital Punishment and Homicide, and Victimology. Boots received her PhD in criminology from the University of South Florida.

Updated: November 29, 2011