Dr. Boyette-Davis, Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

Program Director for Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Davis enjoys teaching a variety of courses including General Psychology, Research Methods, Animal Behavior, Biopsychology, Research & Field Experience, Neurobiology of Addiction & Pain, and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her research interests focus on the mechanisms and consequences of both pain and addiction. In her teaching and research efforts, Dr. Davis seeks to develop an environment that is both challenging and encouraging. 


Postdoctoral Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ph.D. in Psychology, focusing in Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Texas at Arlington

M.S. in Experimental Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington

B.S. in Psychology, Tarleton State University


For the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Davis is continuing previous investigations into pain and addiction. She is also overseeing projects developed independently by students in the Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience programs. 

If you are a student wishing to conduct research with Dr. Davis, email her directly to request an application to join her lab.

Publications & Articles


For an up-to-date list of publications, please see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=boyette+davis

Or visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jessica_Boyette-Davis



Boyette-Davis JA, Rice HR, Shoubaki RI, Gonzalez CMF, Kunkel MN, Lucero DA, Womble PD, Guarraci FA. (2018). A recreational dose of methylphenidate, but not methamphetamine, decreases anxiety-like behavior in female rats. Neuroscience Letters, in press.

Archey, M, Crockett, E, Goldey, K, & Boyette-Davis, JA. (2018). An investigation of the effects of testosterone and behavioral expressions of pain on sex/gender differences in pain perception. Psychological Reports, in press.

Guarraci, F, Gonzalez, C, Lucero, D, Womble, P, Abdel-Rahim, H, DeVore, J, Kunkel, M, Quadlander, E, Stinnett, M, Boyette-Davis, JA. (2018). The effects of ketamine on sexual behavior, anxiety, and locomotion in female rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 165, 36-44.

Boyette-Davis, JA, Walters, ET, Dougherty PM. (2015). Mechanisms involved in the development of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. Pain Management, 5(4), 285-296.

Kosturakis, AK, He, Z, Boyette-Davis, JA, Shah, N, Thomas, SK, Zhang, H, Vichaya, EG, Wang, S, Wendelschafer-Crabb, G, Kennedy, WR, Simone, DA, Cleeland, CS, Dougherty, PM. (2014). Subclinical peripheral neuropathy in multiple myeloma patients prior to chemotherapy is correlated with decreased fingertip innervation density. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(28), 3156-3162.

Fuchs, PN, Peng, YB, Boyette-Davis, JA, Uhelski, ML. (2014). The anterior cingulate cortex and pain processing. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 8(35), 1-10.

Vichaya, EG, Wang, XS, Boyette-Davis, JA, Mendoza, TR, He, J, Thomas, SK, Shah, ND, Williams, LA, Cleeland, CS, Dougherty, PM. (2013).  Subclinical pretreatment sensory deficits appear to predict the development of pain and numbness in patients with multiple myeloma undergoing chemotherapy. Cancer Chemotherapy Pharmacology, 71(6), 1531-1540.

Zhang, H, Boyette-Davis, JA, Kosturakis, AK, Yoon, SY, Walters, ET, Dougherty, PM. (2013). Induction of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and its receptor CCR2 in primary sensory neurons contributes to paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy. The Journal of Pain, 14(10), 1031-1044.

Boyette-Davis, JA, Cata, JP, Zhang, H, Driver, LC, Novy, DM, Bruel, BM, Mooring, DL, Wendelschafer-Crabb,G, Kennedy, WR, Dougherty, PM. (2013). Persistent chemoneuropathy in patients receiving the plant alkaloids Taxol and vincristine. Cancer Chemotherapy Pharmacology, 71(3), 619-626.

Boyette-Davis, JA, Eng, C, Wang, XS, Cleeland, CS, Wendelschafer-Crabb, G, Kennedy, WR, Simone, DA, Zhang, H, Dougherty, PM. (2012). Subclinical peripheral neuropathy is a common finding in colorectal cancer patients prior to chemotherapy. Clinical Cancer Research, 18(11), 3180-3187.

*Boyette-Davis, JA, Cata, JP, Zhang, H, Driver, LC, Giralt, S, Burton, AW, Wendelschafer-Crabb,G, Kennedy, WR, Dougherty, PM. (2011). Follow-up psychophysical studies in bortezomib-related chemoneuropathy patients. Journal of Pain, 12, 1017-1024. *Cover illustration

Boyette-Davis, JA, Fuchs, PN. (2011). Chronic administration of phencyclidine produces decreased sensitivity to mechanical stimulation in the absence of altered affective behavior: Implications for pain processing in schizophrenia. Neuroscience Letters, 498, 153-157.

Boyette-Davis, JA, Dougherty, PM. (2011). Protection against oxaliplatin-induced mechanical hyperalgesia and intraepidermal nerve fiber loss by minocycline. Experimental Neurology, 229, 353-357.

Ortega, LA, Daniel, AM, Boyette-Davis, J, Fuchs, PN, Papini, MR. (2011). Peripheral pain enhances the effects of incentive downshift. Learning and Motivation, 42, 203-209.

Uhelski, ML, Boyette-Davis, JA, Fuchs, PN. (2011). Chronic inflammatory pain does not attenuate the development of tolerance to repeated morphine administration in adult male rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Behavior, 98, 325-330.

Boyette-Davis, JA, Xin, W, Zhang, H, Dougherty, PM. (2011). Intraepidermal nerve fiber loss corresponds to the development of Taxol-induced hyperalgesia and can be prevented by treatment with minocycline. Pain, 2, 308-313.

Boyette-Davis, JA, Fuchs, PN. (2009). Differential effects of paclitaxel treatment on cognitive functioning and mechanical sensitivity. Neuroscience Letters, 453, 170-174.

Boyette-Davis, JA, Thompson, CD, Fuchs, PN. (2007). Alterations in attentional mechanisms in response to acute inflammatory pain and morphine administration. Neuroscience, 151, 558-563.

Wilson, H, Boyette-Davis, J, Fuchs, P. (2007). The relationship between basal level of anxiety and the affective response to inflammation. Physiology and Behavior, 90, 506-511.

Newby, R, Boyette-Davis, J. (2004). Relationships between locus of control and paranormal beliefs. Psychological Reports, 94(3), 1261-1266.


Outside the Classroom

If you are a student wishing to conduct research with Dr. Davis, email her directly to request an application to join her lab.

If you would like to request a letter of recommendation, please email Dr. Davis for a request form. (Note: All requests should be made at least 2 weeks before the letter is needed.)