Interim Vice President for Research
Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH
Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH, is Vice President for Research (interim) and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. In her capacity as Vice President for Research, she oversees multiple complex organizational units reporting to the VPR including Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR); Institutional Core Facilities (ICF); Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA); and the Research Protection Programs consisting of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care Program (IACP), Clinical Trials Office (CTO), Office of Clinical Research (OCR) and Conflict of Interest (COI).
Dr. Potter is a national expert in substance use disorders with particular emphasis on increasing access to evidence-based treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders. Dr. Potter’s NIH-funded research focuses on the design and conduct of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for substance use disorder with a recent emphasis on technology-based treatments for opioids and stimulants. Dr. Potter is a recognized Principal Investigator with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN).
In addition to her NIH research, Dr. Potter is leading strategic public health initiatives funded by Texas Health and Human Service (HHS) with the goal to increase access to substance use disorder treatment for Texans. In 2020, the program expanded in response to an uptick created by the COVID-19 pandemic to offer additional support for people seeking assistance for problematic substance use and substance use disorder.
Other statewide programs funded by HHS include an outpatient opioid use disorder provider treatment network, a peer recovery support network, a virtual provider clinical to service underserved areas, a hospital-based addiction treatment initiation and professional development for health care providers treating opioid use disorder.
Prior to joining the health science center in 2008, Dr. Potter was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Dr. Potter holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.