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Jennifer Otten
Assistant Professor

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)

Research Interests:
The impacts of public health policy, specifically nutrition and food policy, on health behavior and obesity prevention and reduction; efficacy and evaluation of public health and food policies; food systems research as it relates to food and nutrition policy; and, the effects of political psychology and political attention on communicating and spreading public health policy.

Contact Information

email:   jotten@uw.edu

Education

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

Recent Publications



Gardner CD, Whitsel LP, Thorndike AN, Marrow MW, Otten JJ, Foster GD, Carson JA, Johnson RK. Food-and-beverage environment and procurement policies for healthier work environments. Nutr Rev. 2014 Jun;72(6):390-410. doi: 10.1111/nure.12116. Epub 2014 May 6.  PMID: 24801009


Winter SJ, Buman MP, Sheats JL, Hekler EB, Otten JJ, Baker C, Cohen D, Butler BA, King AC. Harnessing the potential of older adults to measure and modify their environments: long-term successes of the Neighborhood Eating and Activity Advocacy Team (NEAAT) Study. Transl Behav Med. 2014 Jun;4(2):226-7. doi: 10.1007/s13142-014-0264-1.  PMID: 24904707    PMCID: PMC4041927


Buman MP, Winter SJ, Sheats JL, Hekler EB, Otten JJ, Grieco LA, King AC. The Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool: a computerized tool to assess active living environments. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;44(4):e41-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.11.028.  PMID: 23498112    PMCID: PMC3601583


McClain AD, Otten JJ, Hekler EB, Gardner CD. Adherence to a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet differs by insulin resistance status. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2013 Jan;15(1):87-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1326.2012.01668.x. Epub 2012 Aug 22.  PMID: 22831182    PMCID: PMC3504183


Buman MP, Winter SJ, Baker C, Hekler EB, Otten JJ, King AC. Neighborhood Eating and Activity Advocacy Teams (NEAAT): engaging older adults in policy activities to improve food and physical environments. Transl Behav Med. 2012;2(2):249-53.


External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

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

Academic Health Department Initiative - Year 2
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Otten           Dates:    1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Academic Health Department Initiative
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Otten           Dates:    1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013

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