Guy Potter, Ph.D.
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Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
2200 West Main Street
Suite A-200
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27705

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Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Medical Psychology

Research Description

Dr. Potter is a clinical neuropsychologist who studies cognitive function in dementia, late-life depression, and the intersection of these two conditions.  His current research is moving toward the use of cognitive neuroscience methods to explore the neurocircuitry of specific cognitive processes in relation to depression and dementia.  Research methods include structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, traditional neuropsychological testing, and development of computerized paradigms for probing specific components of attention and memory processes.


PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2001

MA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1998

BA, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, 1992

Representative Publications

Potter, G.G., Plassman, B.L., Helms, M.J., Foster, S.M., Edwards, N.E. (2006). Occupational characteristics and cognitive performance among elderly male twins. Neurology 67:1377-1382. PMID: 17060563.

Potter, G.G., Steffens, D.C. (2007). Contribution of Depression to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Older Adults. The Neurologist 13:105-17. PMID: 17495754

Potter. G.G., Helms, M.J., Burke, J.R., Steffens, D.C., Plassman, B.L. (2007). Job demands and dementia risk among male twin pairs. Alzheimer’s and Dementia 3:192-199. PMID: 18591984.

Wang, L., Potter, G., Krishnan, R.K.R., Dolcos, F, Smith, G.S., Steffens, D.C. (2011). Neural Correlates Associated with Cognitive Decline in Late-Life Depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Epub Dec 9. PMID: 22157280

Wee, C.Y., Yap, P., Zhang, D., Denny, K. Browndyke, J., Potter, G., Welsh-Bohmer, K., Wang, L., Shen, D. Identification of MCI Individuals Using Structural and Functional Connectivity Networks. Neuroimage 59:2045-56.

Potter, G.G., Wagner, H.R., Burke, J.R., Plassman, B.L., Welsh-Bohmer, K.A., Steffens, D.C. Neuropsychological Predictors of Dementia in Late-Life Major Depressive Disorder. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Epub Mar 11. PMID: 22415312