Roberto Potter, Ph.D.


Criminal Justice

Office: HS1 310

Phone: 407-823-1487


Professional Summary

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.


Ph.D., University of Florida 1982

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

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

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 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)

Recent Publications

Goltz, J., Potter, R.H., Gibson, M. & Cocharella, J. (Eds.). (2017). Human Trafficking: A System-wide Public Safety and Community Approach. West Academic Publishing. (ISBN 978-1-68328-550-2)

Potter, R.H., and Humiston, G.S. (2017). Criminal Justice Organizations: Structure, Relationships, Control and Planning. West Academic Publishing. (ISBN 978-1-63460-485-7)

Potter, R.H. (2018b). “Why Are We (Still) Discussing Correctional Health and the Community?” Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 41, 3:285-385.

Potter, R.H. (2018). “The ‘Crime as a Disease’ Metaphor: Issues in Generative Metaphors and Intended Social Action.” Pp.200-219 in Hanne, M. and Weisberg, R. (Eds.), Narrative and Metaphor in Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Potter, R.H. and Akers, T.A. (2013). “Epidemiological Criminology and Violence Prevention: Addressing the Co-occurrence of criminal violence and poor health outcomes.” Pp. 171-191 in Veins, A.M., Coggon, J. and Kessel, A.S. (Eds.), Criminal Law, Philosophy and Public Health Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Current 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 (October1, 2017-June 30, 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 funding (January 1 2015 – December 31 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 funding (2014-15). Jacinta Gau, PI and R.H. Potter, Co-PI. (Lallen Johnson, Co-PI originally; William Moreto Co-PI, 2015)

Professional Organizations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology
  • American Correctional Association
  • American Jail Association
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care
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