Faculty Bio

Jessica Boyette-Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology


  • B.S., Tarleton State University (2001)
  • M.S., University of Texas at Arlington (2007)
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington (2009)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center (2011)


  • Brain and Behavior
  • BioPsychology
  • General Psychology

Research Interests

  • Greater understanding of psychology via investigations of the nervous system
  • Lifespan changes in pain perception
  • Specific role peripheral innervation plays in pain genesis
  • Contributions of the central and peripheral nervous systems to pain


  • Gulf Coast Cluster for Translational Pain Research Trainee Award, 2011
  • College of Science Award for Research Excellence, 2009
  • Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, 2008
  • Verne Cox Outstanding Graduate Research Award for Graduate Research Excellence, 2008

Recent Publications

  • 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. Submitted.
  • 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. Submitted.
  • Boyette-Davis, JA & Dougherty, PM. (2011). Protection against oxaliplatin-induced mechanical hyperalgesia and intraepidermal nerve fiber loss by minocycline. Experimental Neurology (In press).
  • 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.