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Overview

  • Sharyn J. Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a professor in the Department of Sociology and executive director of research for Prevention Innovations, Research and Practices for Ending Violence Against Women on Campus, a research and development unit at the University of New Hampshire. Potter has a doctoral degree in medical sociology and a masters degree in public health from Emory University. She co-leads the development, dissemination, and evaluation and of the Know Your PowerTM Bystander Social Marketing Campaign that raises awareness regarding the problem of sexual and relationship violence and models prosocial behaviors that target audience members can use in situations where sexual and relationship violence and stalking are occurring, have occurred or have the potential to occur. The Know Your Power Bystander Social Marketing Campaign has received funding from a variety of sources including the Department of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UNH Parents Association. Potter has also led two research studies that examined the prevalence of sexual assault among New Hampshire women and men ages 18 and over. She completed a study examining the prevalence of sexual violence among working women and has co-authored three papers using data from the NH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) database. Potter is a member of the Public Education Committee of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2012 Addressing sexual and relationship violence in the LGBT community using a bystander framework.Harvard Review of Psychiatry.  20:201-208. 2012
    2012 Translating sexual assault prevention from a college campus to a United States military installation: piloting the know-your-power bystander social marketing campaign.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  27:1593-1621. 2012
    2012 Using a multimedia social marketing campaign to increase active bystanders on the college campus.Journal of American College Health.  60:282-295. 2012
    2011 Bringing in the target audience in bystander social marketing materials for communities: suggestions for practitioners.Violence Against Women.  17:797-812. 2011
    2011 An assessment of state level sexual assault prevalence estimates.Maternal and Child Health Journal.  15:77-86. 2011
    2011 The victimization experiences of women in the workforce: moving beyond single categories of work or violence.Violence and Victims.  26:513-532. 2011
    2008 Designing, implementing, and evaluating a media campaign illustrating the bystander role.Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community Prevention in Human Services.  36:39-55. 2008
    2005 From a relationship to encounter: an examination of longitudinal and lateral dimensions in the doctor-patient relationship.Social Science and Medicine.  61:465-479. 2005
    2001 A longitudinal analysis of the distinction between for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals in America.Journal of Health and Social Behavior Journal of health and human behavior.  42:17-44. 2001

    Patents And Disclosures

    Year Title
    Trademark: KNOW YOUR POWER

    Principal Investigator On

  • Campus Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Consortium  awarded by Campus SRV Prevention Consortium 2018 - 2023
  • Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)  awarded by NH Department of Justice (Attorney General) 2018 - 2020
  • Non-Residential and Community College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative  awarded by US DHHS, Dept of Health & Human Services 2018 - 2019
  • Comprehensive Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking Prevention Strategies  awarded by McLane Middleton Professional Association 2015 - 2018
  • Adaptation and Evaluation of Video Game to Reduce Sexual Violence on Campus  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2015 - 2018
  • uSafeUS  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2018
  • Non-Residential and Community College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative  awarded by US DHHS, Dept of Health & Human Services 2017 - 2018
  • SHARP  awarded by Catharsis Productions 2016 - 2017
  • Non-Residential and Community College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initative  awarded by US DHHS, Dept of Health & Human Services 2016 - 2017
  • Discussion Group Design and Facilitation Assistance  awarded by US Veterans Administration 2016 - 2017
  • Prevention Innovations Assessment of Army SHARP  awarded by General Dynamics Information Technology 2015 - 2016
  • Prevention Innovations Assessment of Army SHARP  awarded by General Dynamics Information Technology 2014 - 2015
  • Prevention Innovations Assessment of Army SHARP  awarded by General Dynamics Information Technology 2014 - 2015
  • Adaption of the UNH Know-Your-Power Social Marketing Campaign for University of California Merced  awarded by University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 2011
  • Open Doors to Safety Projects  awarded by New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2008 - 2011
  • Army Pilot Study for Bystander Intervention  awarded by US DOD, Army 2009 - 2010
  • Teaching Activities

  • Internship Independent Study Taught course 2018
  • Internship Independent Study Taught course 2018
  • Research Internship Taught course 2018
  • Senior Thesis Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2017
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2016
  • Sexualized Violence Taught course 2016
  • Sexualized Violence Taught course 2016
  • Independent Reading & Research Taught course 2015
  • Sexualized Violence Taught course 2015
  • Medical Sociology Taught course 2014
  • Statistics Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

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

  • Sharyn Potter