Thressa Smith, PhD, Medical and Science Editor

Professional Experience

  • Copyeditor (light, standard, and substantive) of basic and clinical research articles, with extensive experience working with authors whose native language is not English.
  • 15 years of research experience in pharmacology and drug discovery as well as in animal models of learning, memory, cognition, drug addiction, anxiety, and depression.
  • Author and co-author of many published scientific peer-reviewed journal articles.

Media Skills

  • Fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Sigma Plot using Apple and PC platforms.

Selected Past and Current Clients

  • The JAMA Network Journals: Edit peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication to maintain consistency with the journals’ style and to conform with the AMA manual of style.
  • Cactus Global Communications: Standard and substantive editing of original research, clinical, and review articles for publication in scientific journals.
  • American Journal Experts: Medium and light editing of original research, clinical, and review articles written by authors whose native language is not English for publication in peer-reviewed science and medical journals.
  • The Edanz Group: Substantive editing of original research, clinical, and review articles as well as abstracts, cover letters, and response-to- letter writing for authors whose native language is not English for submission to peer-reviewed science and medical journals. Perform expert scientific reviews and assist authors in journal selection prior to submission.
  • Bioedit: Light, medium, and substantive editing of original research, clinical, and review articles written by authors whose native language is not English, as well as journal formatting and cover letter writing for submission to peer-reviewed science and biomedical journals.
  • Individual physicians, principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and nursing students worldwide: Developmental, substantive, or light editing of original research articles, abstracts, grants, letters, memos, newsletters, posters, slide decks, nursing projects, and master’s and PhD dissertations.


  • PhD  (1992)        Pharmacological Sciences          University of California, Irvine
  • BS     (1983)        Physiology                                University of California, Davis
  •          (2014)       Copyeditor Certificate                University of California, San Diego

 Recent Highlights

  • Co-authored three original research articles published in Journal of Neuroscience and ACS Chemical Neuroscience and a book chapter published in Steroid Receptors: Methods and protocols, edited by Humana Press-Springer Science U.S.A.
  • Wrote a medical suspense novel that was chosen as a finalist in the Writers’ League of Texas manuscript competition.

Professional Memberships

  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Coastal Women’s Forum of New Bern, North Carolina

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Anastasio, N.C., Gilbertson, S.R., Bubar, M.J., Seitz, P.K., Agarkov, A., Stutz, S.J., Jeng, Y-J., Bremer, N.M., Smith, T.D., Fox, R.G., Swinford, S., Seitz, P.K., Charendoff, M., Craft, J., Laezza, F.M., Watson, C.S., Briggs, J.M. and Cunningham, K.A. (2013) Peptide inhibitors disrupt the serotonin 5-HT2C receptor interaction with phosphatase and tensin homolog to allosterically modulate cellular signaling and behavior. Journal of Neuroscience 33(4):1615–1630.
  • Ding, C., Bremer, N.M., Smith, T.D., Seitz, P.K., Anastasio, N.C., Cunningham, K.C. and Zhou, J. (2012)  Exploration of synthetic approaches and pharmacological evaluation of PNU-69176E and its stereoisomer as 5-HT2C receptor allosteric modulators. ACS Chemical Neuroscience 3(7):538–45.
  • Shashack M.J., Cunningham, K.A., Seitz, P.K., McGinnis, A., Smith, T.D., Watson, C.S. and Gilbertson, S.R. (2011) Synthesis and evaluation of dimeric derivatives of 5-HT2A receptor antagonist M-100907. ACS Chemical Neuroscience 2(11):640–644.
  • Adams, M.M., Smith, T.D., Moga, D., Gallagher, M., Wang, Y., Wolfe, B.B., Rapp, P.R. and Morrison, J.H.  (2001)  Hippocampal dependent learning ability correlates with N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor levels in CA3 neurons of young and aged rats.  Journal of Comparative Neurology  432(2):230–43.
  • Smith, T.D., Adams, M.M., Gallagher, M., Morrison, J.H. and Rapp, P.R.  (2000)  Circuit-specific alterations in hippocampal synaptophysin immunoreactivity predict spatial learning impairment in aged rats.  Journal of Neuroscience 20(17) 6587–6593.
  • Smith, T.D., Kuczenski, R., George, K., Malley, J. and Foote, S.L.  (2000)  Effects of chronic fluoxetine administration in monkey brain.  Synapse 38(4):460–70.
  • Smith, T.D., Calhoun, M.E. and Rapp, P.R.  (1999)  Commentary: Circuit and morphological specificity of synaptic change in the aged hippocampal formation. Neurobiology of Aging 20(3):357–8.
  • Smith, T.D., Gallagher, M. and Leslie, F.M.  (1995)  Cholinergic binding sites in rat brain: Analysis by age and cognitive status.  Neurobiology of Aging 16(2):161–173.
  • Freed, W.J. and Smith, T.D.  (1995)  Principles of brain tissue engineering (commentary)  Behavioral Brain Sciences 18:58–60.
  • Raymon, H.K., Smith, T.D. and Leslie, F.M.  (1992)  Further pharmacological characterization of [3H]idazoxan binding sites: Evidence for predominant labeling of α2 noradrenergic receptors in rat brain.  Brain Research 582:261–267.
  • Smith, T.D., Annis, S.J., Ehlert, F.J. and Leslie, F.M.  (1991)  [3H]N-methylscopolamine labeling of non-M1, non-M2 muscarinic receptor sites in rat brain.  Journal of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics 256:1173–1181.

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