Dr. Beth Potter* PhD (she/her)


Dr. Beth Potter* PhD (she/her)
Associate Professor

Room: 600 Peter Morand (Alta Vista), Room 207C
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8718
Work E-mail: bpotter@uottawa.ca

Dr. Beth Potter


Dr. Beth Potter has been a faculty member in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health since 2007. She holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Western Ontario (2003) and an MSc in applied human nutrition from the University of Guelph (1998). Dr. Potter has a long-standing interest in maternal and child health. Her research uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, focusing in two related areas: clinical interventions and family-centred health services for rare diseases in children; and disease screening, particularly newborn and prenatal screening.

Publication list: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1v9WwrS59O3/bibliography/public/

1. Rare childhood diseases: epidemiology, interventions, and outcomes

Dr. Potter leads a research program that aims to generate evidence to improve health outcomes and experiences with care for children with rare diseases and their families. She is particularly interested in inherited metabolic diseases (IMD). Her work focuses on understanding disease epidemiology and variation in health care delivery and experiences; and on the development and evaluation of clinical and system-level interventions. Dr. Potter co-leads the Canadian Inherited Metabolic Diseases Research Network, a multidisciplinary research network that has established a large Canadian cohort of children with IMD and conducts studies to evaluate care and outcomes in this population. Meaningful partnerships with patients and family members are important to CIMDRN’s research.

2. Newborn and prenatal screening: health technology assessment, policy development, and education

Dr. Potter is leading and collaborating on several research projects related to newborn screening in areas that include pre-screening parental education and consent as well as the implications of different screening results for families. She has also studied health technology assessment methods for prenatal and newborn screening.


Fields of Interest

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Public Health Genomics
  • Epidemiology and Health Services Research in Rare Childhood Diseases
  • Newborn Screening
  • Survey Research Methods
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