University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Bio for Alexandra Potter, Ph.D.

Alexandra Potter, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Contact Information
Office Location:
1 South Prospect Street, MS 446AR6, Burlington, VT 05401


2001 Pre-Doctoral Internship, Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center, Department of Psycholoy, University of Vermont
1996-2003 Graduate, University of Vermont, Department of Psychology, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
1986-1990 Undergraduate, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, cum laude

Research Grants

   Title:  Adolescent Brains, Nicotine and Endogenoius Prototoxins
Sponsor: NIH/NIDA
Grant Number: 1 RC1 DA028173-01
Dates: September 2009-August 2011
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Rae Nishi, Ph.D.)
   Title: Neurobiological Underpinnings of Cognitive Deficits in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Sponsor: NIH/NIMH
Grant Number: 1K23MH079216
Dates: April 2009-December 2013
Role: Principal Investigator
   Title:  Cholinergic Contributions to Social Information Processing in Prodromal Schizophrenia
Sponsor: NARSAD
Dates: January 2010-December 2012
Role: Principal Investigator
   Title: Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dates: September 2004 -December 2007, September 2008-December 2010, September 2010- December 2011
Role: Clinical Researcher Loan Repayment Recipient
   Title:  Nicotine Treatment of Impulsivity in Parkinson's Disease: A Pilot Study
Sponsor: Parkinson Study Group (PSG)
Grant ID: Mentored Clinical Research Award (Boyd)
Dates: July 2010-June 2011
Role: Co-Mentor
   Title: The Functional Neuroanatomy of Acute Nicotinic Modulation of Impulsivity in Women
Sponsor: NIH/NIDA
Dates: April 2008-March 2009
Role: Principal Investigator
   Title:  The Effect of TC1734 on Behavioral Inhibition in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Sponsor: Targacept Inc.
Dates: May 2008 - December 2009
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
   Title: Correlates of Impulsivity in Young Adults
Sponsor: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Dates: January 2006- December 2008
Role: Principal Investigator
   Title:  An Open Label, Behavioral-Treatment Controlled Evaluation of the Effects of Extended Release Methyphenidate (Ritalin LA) on the Frequency of Cytogenetic Abnormalities in Children 6-12 Years of Age with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Sponsor: Novartix Inc.
Dates: September 2006 - June 2009
Role: Principle Investigator

Awards and Honors

2005 Travel Award Fellow, Society of Biological Psychiatry
2003 Graduate Student Travel Fellowship, University of Vermont Graduate College
1996 Member Phi Beta Kappa
1990 John Dewey Award for excellence in undergraduate research


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) 201-211.

MacLeod, J., Potter, A., Simoni, M., Bucci, D. (2006). Nicotine administration enhances conditioned inhibition in rats.  European Journal of Pharmacology, 551(1-3) 76-79.

Singh, A., Potter, A., Newhouse, P. (2004). Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor system and neuropsychiatric disorders. IDrugs,  7(12) 1096-1103.

To view more of Dr. Potter's publications, please visit PubMed.