Theresa A. Davies-Heerema, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Sciences & Education

Theresa Davies-Heerema
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


Dr. Davies began her tenure at BUSM in the Department of Biochemistry over 30 years ago. After receiving her PhD, she was very active in the Department and went on to do research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease investigating the role of platelets and the blood brain barrier in amyloid deposition. More recently she has served as Assistant Director of the MA in Medical Sciences program, and now Director of the Oral Health Sciences program. In 2018, Dr. Davies assumed a new role in Graduate Medical Sciences, the graduate arm of the medical school first as Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs  and more recently expanding her role to include oversight of all Master’s programs.  She oversees Marketing & Recruitment, and Student Affairs along with directing the MS in Oral Health Sciences program.  

Dr. Davies has been teaching in the Biochemistry course MD512/OH751 Dental Biochemistry for more than 18 years, is Co-Course Manager for GMS MS 640, Introduction to Biomedical Information and recently developed three new courses Evidence Based Dentistry, Infectious Diseases: Pathogens & Clinical Manifestations and Fundamentals of Head and Neck Anatomy.

Dr. Davies has helped to develop a novel mobile application in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine, the Alumni Medical Library, and the Virtual Integration Group on Evidence Based Medicine. The BUSM Finding Information Framework (BUSM FIF) app can be found in the app store.

Two recent publications demonstrate the success of the OHS pipeline program. First in 2019 – We show the success of the OHS program in increasing the preparedness and diversity of dental school applicants from under-represented groups to dental school and in 2020 – How alternative predictors of success may help to reduce intrinsic bias among applicants from underrepresented groups during the admissions process.

Other Positions

  • Director, M.S. in Oral Health Sciences Program, Dean’s Office, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Boston University School of Medicine, PhD
  • University of Virginia, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSMS640
  • GMSOH685
  • GMSOH770
  • GMSOH771
  • GMSOH971
  • GMSOH971
  • GMSOH972
  • MD512/OH751


  • Published on 1/15/2020

    Davies TA, Miller MB, Moore VA, Kaye EA. Predicting professional school performance with a unique lens: are there other cognitive predictors? BMC Med Educ. 2020 Jan 15; 20(1):14. PMID: 31941519.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/28/2019

    Davies TA, Kaye E, Stahlberger M, Abbas M, Sarkis C, Reed L, Dunham L, Schreiber BM, Leone C, Mascarenhas AK. Improving Diversity of Dental Students Through the Boston University Master's of Oral Health Sciences Postbaccalaureate Program. J Dent Educ. 2019 Mar; 83(3):287-295. PMID: 30692183.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/11/2015

    Lui A, Davies TA*, Liu A, Flynn DB, Wiecha JM, Cohen-Osher M, Hoffman-Kleiner M* (*shared senior author). Novel Mobile Application to Promote Evidence-Based Medicine Decision-Making in Medical Education. Medical Science Educator. 2015; (1-2).

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  • Published on 9/1/2011

    Ulbricht C, Abrams TR, Basch E, Davies-Heerema T, Foppa I, Hammerness P, Rusie E, Tanguay-Colucci S, Taylor S, Ulbricht C, Varghese M, Weissner W, Woods J. An evidence-based systematic review of gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre R. Br.) by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration. J Diet Suppl. 2011 Sep; 8(3):311-30. PMID: 22432729.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2004

    Basch E, Boon H, Davies-Heerema T, Foppo I, Hashmi S, Hasskarl J, Sollars D, Ulbricht C. Boswellia: an evidence-based systematic review by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration. J Herb Pharmacother. 2004; 4(3):63-83. PMID: 15829470.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/1/2000

    Davies TA, Long HJ, Eisenhauer PB, Hastey R, Cribbs DH, Fine RE, Simons ER. Beta amyloid fragments derived from activated platelets deposit in cerebrovascular endothelium: usage of a novel blood brain barrier endothelial cell model system. Amyloid. 2000 Sep; 7(3):153-65. PMID: 11019856.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/15/2000

    Eisenhauer PB, Johnson RJ, Wells JM, Davies TA, Fine RE. Toxicity of various amyloid beta peptide species in cultured human blood-brain barrier endothelial cells: increased toxicity of dutch-type mutant. J Neurosci Res. 2000 Jun 15; 60(6):804-10. PMID: 10861793.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/1/1999

    Abraham CR, Marshall DC, Tibbles HE, Otto K, Long HJ, Billingslea AM, Hastey R, Johnson R, Fine RE, Smith SJ, Simons ER, Davies TA. Platelets and DAMI megakaryocytes possess beta-secretase-like activity. J Lab Clin Med. 1999 May; 133(5):507-15. PMID: 10235134.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/1998

    Davies TA, Billingslea AM, Long HJ, Tibbles H, Wells JM, Eisenhauer PB, Smith SJ, Cribbs DH, Fine RE, Simons ER. Brain endothelial cell enzymes cleave platelet-retained amyloid precursor protein. J Lab Clin Med. 1998 Oct; 132(4):341-50. PMID: 9794706.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/1/1998

    Simons ER, Marshall DC, Long HJ, Otto K, Billingslea A, Tibbles H, Wells J, Eisenhauer P, Fine RE, Cribbs DH, Davies TA, Abraham CR. Blood brain barrier endothelial cells express candidate amyloid precursor protein-cleaving secretases. Amyloid. 1998 Sep; 5(3):153-62. PMID: 9818052.

    Read at: PubMed

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