|Ruth E. Dennis, Ph.D.
Ruth E. Dennis earned her doctorate in medical sociology, medical anthropology, and medical geography from Michigan State University. Earlier in her career, she was employed by MacDonald Douglas as one of the computer specialist working on aerospace technology. A multidisciplinary social scientist, Dr. Dennis’ interests moved her into the study of criminal and deviant behaviors. She has been involved in research on violence in the African American community for more than twenty-five years.
She was professor and chair of the Sociology Department at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville Tennessee, retiring as Professor Emerita. She was also the vice chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and an instructor at Meharry Medical College.
In 1994, Dr. Dennis and co-founder Dr. Alice C. Smith opened Kelly Miller Smith Center Against Abusive Behavior. Since opening, more than eight thousand participants have received counseling on domestic violence/abuse and anger management at the Center. Dr. Dennis has participated in numerous panel discussions, workshops, conferences, and trainings on violence prevention.