Sharyn J. Potter received her B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University in 1998 and her MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in 1994. Her scholarship has focused on the intersection of federal policy and organizational behavior. She has used organizational theories to examine hospital outcomes in the face of new legislation. Additionally, she has analyzed the community benefit provision of not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals (with Dr. Edmund R. Becker). She has also completed a study examining how changes in federal health care legislation have affected hospital executive turnover and the types of executives that are hired (with Dr. Timothy J. Dowd). In another project, she has analyzed (with Dr. John McKinlay) how changes in 20th century health care policy have affected various aspects of the physician-patient relationship. Professor Potter's work has appeared in Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Teaching Sociology, Journal of Health Care Finance, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Clinical Performance and Quality Health Care and Sociological Forum. She also published a book, Can Efficiency and Community Service be Symbiotic? A longitudinal analysis of not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals in the United States, in 2000. She incorporates service-learning components in many of her courses and has written two papers describing these projects. Professor Potter received the UNH 2003 Outstanding Assistant Professor Award.
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