Dennis’s contributes to criminology, criminal justice, and sociology through research, teaching, and community involvement. Her areas of emphasis are suicide and self-harm, interdisciplinary approaches to mental health, community violence, and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement, and race and ethnic relations. She conducts research on suicide and self-harm, youth violence, childfree people of the immediate African diaspora, and reproductive freedoms. Dennis is quite involved in the community including membership on the Board of Directors for The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County and the North Carolina chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; membership in the Winston Salem Urban League Young Professionals; and membership in professional criminology, criminal justice, and sociology organizations.
Explores the nuanced and multifaceted phenomena known as the Black male. Provides a comprehensive tool that can serve as a resource to articulate and argue for policy change. Suggests educational improvements and judicial reform.