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Personnel: Alexandra S. Potter

Alexandra Potter

Alexandra S. Potter, Ph.D.Research Assistant Professor
Associate Director

Dr. Potter is a research assistant professor at the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont.

Alexi received her BA from the University of Vermont in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont in May of 2003. She maintains a part-time clinical practice focusing primarily on working with families of children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Primarily, her laboratory conducts research studies focused on understanding the role of nicotinic receptor systems in the cognitive symptoms of disorders associated with impaired impulse control: i.e. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), substance use disorders, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. This work examines cognitive domains such as attention, reward processing, and behavioral inhibition using multiple approaches including cognitive testing, acute pharmacologic manipulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

ADHD Research Program

Nicotinic Research and Therapeutics Program

Recent Publications

  • Potter, AS., Bucci DJ., Newhouse, PA (2012) Manipulation of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Differentially Affects Behavioral Inhibition in Human Subjects with and without Disordered Baseline Impulsivity. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 220(2) 331-340.
  • Potter, AS., Ryan, K., Newhouse, PA (2009) Effects of Acute Ultra-Low Dose Mecamylamine on Cognition in Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 24:309-317
  • Potter, A and Newhouse P. (2008) Acute Nicotine Improves Cognitive Deficits in Young Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 88(4) 407-417.
  • Potter, A., Newhouse, P., Bucci, D. (2006). Central nicotinic cholinergic systems: A role in the cognitive dysfunction in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder? Behavioral Brain Research, 175(2) 201-11.
  • MacLeod, J., Potter, A., Simoni, M., Bucci, D. (2006). Nicotine administration enhances conditioned inhibition in rats. European Journal of Pharmacology, 551(1-3) 76-9.
  • Singh, A., Potter, A., Newhouse, P. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor system and neuropsychiatric disorders. IDrugs 7(12): 1096-1103, 2004
  • Potter, A., Newhouse, P. The effects of acute nicotine administration on behavioral inhibition in adolescents with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Psychopharmacology 176: 182-194, 2004
  • Newhouse, P.A., Potter A., Singh A. Nicotinic Stimulation Effects on Cognitive Performance. Current Opinion in Pharmacology 4:36-46, 2004

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