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Jennifer Otten

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Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (primary appt.)


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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office:   Raitt 306c

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   353410
voice:   206-221-8233


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.

Steinman LE, Bradford V, Quinn E, Otten JJ, McNamara J, Fisher K, Johnson DB. Examining the Washington State Breastfeeding-Friendly Policy Development Process Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Mar;21(3):659-669. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-2154-2.  PMID: 27497602

Johnson DB, Podrabsky M, Rocha A, Otten JJ. Effect of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act on the Nutritional Quality of Meals Selected by Students and School Lunch Participation Rates. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Jan 4;170(1):e153918. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3918. Epub 2016 Jan 4.  PMID: 26747076

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

Otten JJ, Cheng K [Essay]. Gengo K, with Cheng K, Otten JJ [Infographic]. Food Waste in America - Visualizing the Numbers. 2015 Sep 30; ARCADE.33.2.
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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
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State Physical Activity and Nutrition Washington (SPANWA)
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Otten           Dates:    10/1/2018 - 9/30/2019

University of Washington Direct Marketing Support 2018-2019
King Conservation District
PI:   Otten           Dates:    5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019

DOH FINI Evaluation
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2017 - 3/31/2020

DOH FINI Evaluation
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2017 - 3/31/2020

Exploring the Effects of Wage Policies on the Culture of Health in Early Childhood Education Centers
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Otten           Dates:    3/1/2017 - 2/29/2020

Planning Grant Application - The Applied Public Policy Lab at the University of Washington (APPL)
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
PI:   VIGDOR           Dates:    9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017

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 2 (and extension)
City of Seattle
PI:   VIGDOR           Dates:    12/1/2014 - 8/31/2017

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

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.