Amber Heard-Booth, PhD

Amber  Heard-Booth, PhD
  • Interim Assistant Dean of Admissions
  • Division of Human Anatomy
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


Dr. Heard-Booth is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Human Anatomy and serves as Anatomy Site Director of the College of Human Medicine’s Grand Rapids campus. She teaches gross anatomy and human prosection, and works with the clinical simulation team to integrate anatomy instruction into simulated patient care experiences. Dr. Heard-Booth has been an MMI interviewer for CHM’s Admissions Office since 2017, a member of CHM’s Admissions Committee since 2020, and has served as committee co-chair since 2021.

Dr. Heard-Booth’s educational background is in the field of biological anthropology, with specialization in the study of primate functional morphology and locomotor biomechanics. Before joining the College of Human Medicine, she earned a B.A. in anthropology and German from the University of Michigan; an M.S. in forensic sciences (anthropology focus) from Michigan State University; and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Heard-Booth grew up in southeast Michigan and now lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, three sons, and an energetic puppy. From a young age, Dr. Heard-Booth has been fascinated with the human condition, and she enjoys learning about the history, adaptations, and customs of people across space and time. She is a museum enthusiast, always ready to travel, and especially enjoys gardening, camping, kayaking, and yoga.