Kimya N. Dennis

Associate Professor of Criminology, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Public Health

About Kimya

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.


The Complexities of Black Youth Suicide

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

"Mental Health And Minority Communities," Kimya N. Dennis, Interview with Ann Fisher, All Sides, March 29, 2018.
"Seeing Suicide Through A Non-White Lens," Kimya N. Dennis, Interview with Laura Ellis, Strange Fruit, March 24, 2018.
"Exercise Science and Suicide Demographics," Kimya N. Dennis, Interview with Ann Fisher, All Sides, February 28, 2018.
"Suicide Isn’t Just a ‘White People Thing’," Kimya N. Dennis, The Conversation, February 7, 2018.
Kimya N. Dennis quoted by John Hinton, "Winston-Salem Experienced 25 Homicides in 2017; Community Urged to Join Together to Lower that Number" Winston-Salem Journal, December 31, 2017.
"Demographic and Cultural Variance in this 'Opioid Crisis'," Kimya N. Dennis, Mental Health America of Virginia, November 28, 2017.
Kimya N. Dennis's research on Kim Whiting, "Birth of a 'Shooter': Roots of Black Violence Can Be Found in a Community's History," The Reporters inc., October 1, 2017.
Kimya N. Dennis's research on John Hinton, "After Shootings, Winston-Salem Police Vow to 'Combat this Stuff'," Winston-Salem Journal, September 26, 2017.
"First Responders Need Mental Health Too," Kimya N. Dennis, Mental Health America of Virginia, July 9, 2017.
"Mental-Health Outreach, Spiritual Communities Can Work Together," Kimya N. Dennis, iam1in4, May 23, 2017.
"Mental Health and Substance Abuse," Kimya N. Dennis, Mental Health America of Virginia, April 25, 2017.
"How Will Virginia Address Mental Illness in Jails and Prisons?," Kimya N. Dennis, Mental Health America of Virginia, March 14, 2017.
"Resources Available to Reduce Stress, Violence," Kimya N. Dennis, Richmond Free Press, October 31, 2016.
"The Childfree, Cultural Identity and Intracultural Diversity," Kimya N. Dennis,, October 18, 2016.
Interview on prevalence of mental health in racial and ethnic minority communities Kimya N. Dennis, Huffington Post Blog, November 6, 2015.
"Virginia Shooting: Life and Death on Social Media," Kimya N. Dennis, Matisak’s Blog, August 27, 2015.
Kimya N. Dennis quoted on Black homicide victims by John Hinton, "Number of Homicides in Winston-Salem Unchanged for 2014" Winston-Salem Journal, January 4, 2015.
"The Baby Matrix in College Coursework," Kimya N. Dennis, Interview with Laura Carroll, Laura Carroll Blog, October 13, 2014.
Kimya N. Dennis quoted on guns and violent crime by John Hinton, "City, Residents Look for Solutions to Stem Deadly Violence" Winston-Salem Journal, February 16, 2014.
Kimya N. Dennis quoted on Winston-Salem’s increase in crime by John Hinton, "City Homicide Rate Nearly Doubles from 2012 to 2013" Winston-Salem Journal, December 31, 2013.
Interview on childfree people of the African diaspora Kimya N. Dennis, Laura Carroll Blog, December 6, 2013.
"A Study of Childfree Black Women’s Experiences," Kimya N. Dennis, We’re {Not} Having a Baby Blog, July 22, 2013.
Kimya N. Dennis quoted on the use of Tasers by Richard Craver, "WFU Baptist Study: Taser Shots to Chest Don't Increase Risk of Death" Winston-Salem Journal, July 16, 2012.


"Black Male Suicide: Inward Expressions of Social Status and Status Frustration" in Handbook of Research on Black Males, edited by Theodore Ransaw, Charles Gause, and Richard Majors (Michigan State University Press, forthcoming).

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.

"Need for Understanding between Civilian CIT Trainers and Law Enforcement CIT Trainees," NC CIT State Advisory Committee, December 2014.
Discusses interviews of eleven law enforcement representatives who have undergone CIT (mental health) training. Emphasizes increased awareness of the needs of mental health consumers and improving the relationship between consumers and law enforcement.
"Being Black, a Woman, and Childfree: The Intersection of Race and Gender," Association of Black Sociologists, October 2014.
Discusses the preliminary findings of ongoing study of childfree people of the African diaspora. Interviews have been conducted on 54 childfree women of the African diaspora and 3 childfree men of the African diaspora in the U.S.A., Africa, and Europe.