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Potter, Jennifer Sharpe

School of Medicine
(210) 567-0611

Jennifer Sharpe Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology (Pain Medicine) and Assistant Dean for Research and Student Programs in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Potter is also on the graduate faculty of Department of Psychology at the University of Texas San Antonio.

Her primary research interest is substance use disorders. Her current research focuses on the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders and chronic pain utilizing combined behavioral and medication-based approaches. Her currents studies underway include testing the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for individuals with co-occurring chronic pain and opioid dependence.

Dr. Potter is the San Antonio Site Principal Investigator and a Co-investigator with the Texas Node of the NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. The CTN conducts Phase 3 clinical trials of pharmacological and behavioral treatments for substance use disorders in community settings. Dr. Potter served as the National Project Director for the CTN Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment Study (POATS), the largest multisite clinical trial ever conducted to examine treatment of prescription opioid dependence in individuals with and without co-occurring chronic pain. A three-year follow-up study of POATS participants is currently underway.

Dr. Potter joined UT Health Science Center from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts where she was an Instructor and Research Director in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Health in behavioral science from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Primary research support for Dr. Potters research is provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grants K23DA022297-04/Potter and U10DA020024/Trivedi-UT Southwestern.

10/2012 - Present Assistant Dean for Research and Student Programs University of Texas Health Science Center, Dean of Medical School, San Antonio, TX
9/2012 - Present Associate Professor University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
9/2008 - Present Research Associate Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, MA
9/2003 - Present Research Psychologist McLean Hospital, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Belmont, MA

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