Jennifer Otten

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Assistant Professor, Health Services


PhD   University of Vermont, 2009   (Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences)
MS   Tufts University, 1998   (Nutrition Communications)
BS   Texas A&M University, 1995   (Nutritional Science)

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Jennifer Otten is an Assistant Professor in Health Services and affiliated with the Nutritional Sciences Program and UW Center for Public Health Nutrition. Dr. Otten received her BS in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University, her MS in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, her PhD in Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences from the University of Vermont, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Between 1998-2006, Dr. Otten served in various capacities for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., including as a study director and as the organization's first communications director. During this time, Jennifer managed and staffed the inaugural years of the Kellogg Health of the Public Fund and served as study director and co-editor for the IOM's report titled Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements. (Google Scholar Profile) (Download Curriculum Vitae)

The impacts of public health, nutrition, and food policies and the policy process on health behaviors and health outcomes; food systems, as it relates to food and nutrition policy; and, on understanding and improving the ways in which research gets to the public policy table.

  • NUTR 302
    Food Studies: Harvest to Health
  • NUTR 412
    United States Food and Nutrition Policy
  • NUTR 512
    United States Food and Nutrition Policy

Otten JJ, Cheng K, Drewnowski A. Infographics And Public Policy: Using Data Visualization To Convey Complex Information. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Nov 1;34(11):1901-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0642.  PMID: 26526248

Fleischhacker S, Otten JJ, Dodson EA, Siddiqi S. Elevating the impact of nutrition and obesity policy research and evaluation. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Apr 30;12:E59. doi: 10.5888/pcd12.150142.  PMID: 25927607    PMCID: PMC4416481

Otten JJ, Dodson EA, Fleischhacker S, Siddiqi S, Quinn EL. Getting research to the policy table: a qualitative study with public health researchers on engaging with policy makers. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Apr 30;12:E56. doi: 10.5888/pcd12.140546. Erratum in: Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:E76.  PMID: 25927604    PMCID: PMC4416480

Bachaus J, Otten J. Healthy nutrition: from farm to fork. Elevate Health. 2015 Mar;16(1):3-16.

Otten JJ, Bachaus J, Hulbrock E. Evaluating Washington State's Healthy Nutrition Guidelines: Report from a Baseline Evaluation of Executive Order 13-06.

Seattle Wage Study
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
PI:   VIGDOR           Dates:    9/1/2015 - 8/30/2018

The Seattle Minimum Wage Evaluation Project
Smith Richardson Foundation
PI:   VIGDOR           Dates:    7/1/2015 - 6/30/2018

City of Seattle Minimum Wage Evaluation Supplement and Extension
City of Seattle
PI:   VIGDOR           Dates:    12/3/2014 - 5/31/2016

City of Seattle Minimum Wage Evaluation
City of Seattle
PI:   VIGDOR           Dates:    11/24/2014 - 6/30/2020

Analysis of the policy process to improve comprehensive and coordinated systems for breastfeeding equity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2014 - 3/31/2016

Impact of Access to Free and Appealing Water in High Schools on Sugary Beverage Consumption
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    2/1/2014 - 7/31/2015

Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) Domestic Program

The Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) domestic program uses an innovative mentorship framework to provide high-quality analysis and research support to public health organizations while developing the applied research and analytic skills of graduate research assistants in domestic public health.