Sharyn Potter

PROFESSOR
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Phone: (603) 862-3630
Office: Sociology, McConnell Hall Rm 345A, Durham, NH 03824
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Sharyn J. Potter, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the Co-founder and Executive Director of Research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center: Ending Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking at the University of New Hampshire. She is also the Co-founder and Vice-President of Research of Soteria Solutions. Professor Potter is a global leader on the social scientific development and evaluation of bystander intervention strategies. Dr. Potter’s work focuses on engaging community members to work collaboratively to reduce sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment in high schools, colleges and universities, the United States Military and other work places. She has been a leader in the development, dissemination and evaluation and of theory- and research-based bystander intervention prevention strategies including the uSafeUS® mobile app, the Know Your Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign, and a bystander video game that models pro-social bystander behaviors, all of which have been shown to be effective with both campus and military audiences. Dr. Potter and her colleagues adapted both the Bringing in the Bystander® In-Person Prevention Program and the Know Your Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign for two US Army Posts in Europe (USAREUR). These two pilot studies represent a very small pool of studies specifically focused on sexual violence prevention in the US Military. She also led a study for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to examine sexual misconduct policy delivery methods. In addition, Dr. Potter is a national expert on designing and administering sexual violence prevalence studies. Her recent TEDx talk describes the individual and societal economic and human capital losses attributed to sexual violence. Dr. Potter’s work has been groundbreaking in her effort to partner with organizations as they strategize and implement cultural change that impacts all organizational levels. Her work has been cited in international and national news media including the Guardian, New York Times, National Public Radio, Vox, Teen Vogue and Chronicle of Higher Education.

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University
  • M.P.H., Public Health, Emory University
  • B.S., State University of New York

Research Interests

  • Sexual violence bystander prevention and response strategies for university, military and community settings

Courses Taught

  • JUST 602: Research Internship
  • PSYC 999: Doctoral Research
  • SOC 545: Sexualized Violence
  • SOC 595: Independent Reading & Research
  • SOC 699: Senior Thesis
  • SOC 792: Internship Independent Study

Selected Publications

Howard, R. M., Potter, S. J., Guedj, C. E., & Moynihan, M. M. (2019). Sexual violence victimization among community college students. Journal of American College Health, 67(7), 674-687. doi:10.1080/07448481.2018.1500474

Dyer, K. E., Potter, S. J., Hamilton, A. B., Luger, T. M., Bergman, A. A., Yano, E. M., & Klap, R. (2019). Gender Differences in Veterans’ Perceptions of Harassment on Veterans Health Administration Grounds. Women's Health Issues, 29, S83-S93. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2019.04.016

Potter, S. J., Flanagan, M., Seidman, M., Hodges, H., & Stapleton, J. G. (2019). Developing and Piloting Videogames to Increase College and University Students' Awareness and Efficacy of the Bystander Role in Incidents of Sexual Violence. Games for Health Journal, 8(1), 24-34. doi:10.1089/g4h.2017.0172

Banyard, V., Potter, S. J., Cares, A. C., Williams, L. M., Moynihan, M. M., & Stapleton, J. G. (2018). Multiple sexual violence prevention tools: doses and boosters. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 10(2), 145-155. doi:10.1108/jacpr-05-2017-0287

Potter, S. J., Edwards, K. M., Banyard, V. L., Stapleton, J. G., Demers, J. M., & Moynihan, M. M. (2016). Conveying campus sexual misconduct policy information to college and university students: Results from a 7-campus study. Journal of American College Health, 64(6), 438-447. doi:10.1080/07448481.2016.1178122

Cares, A. C., Banyard, V. L., Moynihan, M. M., Williams, L. M., Potter, S. J., & Stapleton, J. G. (2015). Changing Attitudes About Being a Bystander to Violence. Violence Against Women, 21(2), 165-187. doi:10.1177/1077801214564681

Potter, S. J. (2012). Using a Multimedia Social Marketing Campaign to Increase Active Bystanders on the College Campus. Journal of American College Health, 60(4), 282-295. doi:10.1080/07448481.2011.599350

Potter, S. J., Moynihan, M. M., & Stapleton, J. G. (2011). Using Social Self-Identification in Social Marketing Materials Aimed at Reducing Violence Against Women on Campus. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(5), 971-990. doi:10.1177/0886260510365870

Potter, S. J., & McKinlay, J. B. (2005). From a relationship to encounter: an examination of longitudinal and lateral dimensions in the doctor–patient relationship. Social Science & Medicine, 61(2), 465-479. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.11.067

Potter, S. J., Caffrey, E. M., & Plante, E. G. (2003). Integrating Service Learning into the Research Methods Course. Teaching Sociology, 31(1), 38. doi:10.2307/3211423

Most Cited Publications