Sharyn J Potter
Co-founder and Co-director of the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire
Sharyn J. Potter, PhD, MPH, is the Co-founder and Co-director of the Prevention Innovations Research Center: Ending Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking at the University of New Hampshire and is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Potter has a doctoral degree in medical sociology and a masters degree in public health from Emory University. Dr. Potter’s research focuses on engaging community members to work collaboratively to reduce sexual and relationship violence and stalking. She has been a leader in the development, dissemination and evaluation and of the theory- and research-based Know Your Power ® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign that models pro-social bystander behaviors that has been shown to be effective for both campus and military audiences. She has been awarded research funding from competitive sources including the US Department of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, National Institute of Justice and Verizon Foundation. Dr. Potter was the lead researcher on a study identified in the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault examining the delivery methods of campus sexual misconduct policies. She is also the Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice Award to develop and evaluate a sexual violence bystander video game for college students. She has led two research studies that examined the prevalence of sexual assault among women and men ages 18 and over in New Hampshire. Dr. Potter completed a study examining the prevalence of sexual violence among working women and has co-authored papers using data from the NH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) database. Dr. Potter has conducted research for the US Army in Europe and advised different US Military Branches on prevention strategies. In 2009-2010, Dr. Potter received funding from the United States Department of Defense to translate, administer and evaluate the Know Your Power Bystander Social Marketing Campaign on one United States Army in Europe (USAREUR) Post and translate, administer and evaluate the Bringing in the Bystander ® In Person Prevention Program on a second USARUER Post. Dr. Potter is presently serving as subject matter expert on a Department of Defense Contract to revise and evaluate the rape prevention program in the US Army. She is currently leading a statewide effort to develop and evaluate a Mobile App that will be a resource for sexual assault survivors and their allies. Dr. Potter is also leading a national study to examine how sexual assault in college affects women in terms of their educational attainment and future financial earnings. As the director of the research division of the Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC), Dr. Potter represents PIRC's research in academic, government, and practitioner forums and with scholarly and research communities. She oversees the development of new researcher-practitioner collaborations as well as development and application of new and existing theories. Dr. Potter directs PIRC’s development and dissemination of white papers that provide practitioners and researchers with guidance on the development, dissemination and evaluation of prevention strategies.