Guy Potter, PhD


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Guy Potter, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, core faculty in the Duke-Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for Aging and Human Development, and Affiliated Faculty in the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. He is a clinical neuropsychologist at Duke Hospital, with consultation to the inpatient units and supervision of psychology residents and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Potter’s research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of late-life depression and dementia. His research includes both traditional neuropsychological measures as well as experiment-driven studies of depression symptoms and cognition. Structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are frequently used to probe the neural circuitry associated with depression, cognition, and cognitive decline. The goal of Dr. Potter’s research is to identify risk factors for cognitive dysfunction among older adults, and to track cognitive outcomes over time to identify targets for intervention. Current studies include:

  • The relationship between anhedonia and attentional control in Major Depressive Disorder, and how aging influences this relationship
  • Clinical and neural correlates of anhedonia in mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease
  • Neuropsychological, MRI, and behavioral predictors of early Alzheimer’s disease in the context of late-life depression
  • Cognitive and behavioral predictors of depression and burnout in high stress jobs