UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Potter, Jennifer Sharpe

School of Medicine
Psychiatry
(210) 567-0611
potterjs@uthscsa.edu

Jennifer Sharpe Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Potter is also on the graduate faculty with the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and an Associate Professor with the University of Texas School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences.

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 current 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 (CTN). 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 the University of Texas 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. Potter`s research is provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grants K23DA022297-04/Potter and U10DA020024/Trivedi-UT Southwestern.

2/2016 - Present Associate Dean for Research University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Dean of Medical School, San Antonio, TX
9/2015 - Present Associate Professor University of Texas School of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Houston, TX
9/2012 - Present Associate Professor University of Texas at San Antonio, Psychology, San Antonio, TX
9/2012 - Present Associate Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
9/2012 - Present Associate Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Anesthesiology, San Antonio, TX