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Roberto Hugh Potter is a sociologist who works at the intersections of criminal justice, public health, and organizational research, along with a touch of cultural studies and sociology of knowledge. He has been applying and developing others to apply the research technologies of social science to move evidence-based practices into the applied worlds of justice, family welfare, and public health for nearly 40 years, much of it in his native Florida.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Theory and Translational Research
  • Evaluation Research
  • Human Trafficking


Ph.D., University of Florida (1982)


Research Interests

  • Inter-Organizational Operations (with emphasis on information exchange technology)
  • Human Trafficking
  • Correctional Health Care

Funded Projects

Provision of Indicator Selection Readiness Assessment for Rape Prevention Education. Florida Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Program (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S Department of Health and Human Services)
November 2018 – January 2019
R.H. Potter, PI, Bonnie Swan and Christine DeStefano, Co-PIs

Empower Orange: Empowering Adolescents to Engage in Healthy Sexual Behaviors Evaluation. Orange County Public Schools (Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
September 2018 – August 2019
Chris Stewart, PI, Bonnie Swan, Christine DeStefano, and R.H. Potter, Co-PIs

Behavioral Health Applied Epidemiology Consultant – Correctional Populations & Behavioral Health Surveillance – Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
October 2017 - June 2018

Subcontract for evaluation services for the Brevard County Schools “Developing Knowledge about What Works to Make Schools Safe” research project – National Institute of Justice
January 2015 – December 2018
Kristina Childs (CJ), PI, R.H. Potter (CJ), Co-PI, Kim Grygewicz (SW), Co-PI

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs: Policy Change, Law Enforcement Activity, and Diversion Tactics – National Institute of Justice
2014 - 2015
Jacinta Gau, PI and R.H. Potter, Co-PI. (Lallen Johnson, Co-PI originally; William Moreto Co-PI, 2015)


  • Research Incentive Award (2013-14), College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida
  • Outstanding Graduate, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida (May 2014)
  • Peter P. Lejins Research Award, American Correctional Association (February 2014)