Jennifer Otten

Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Systems and Population Health

University of Washington
Box 353410

Seattle, WA 98195-


Research Interests

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. Understanding and improving the ways in which research gets to the public policy table. Exploring the Effects of Wage on the Culture of Health in Early Childhood Education Centers. Seattle Minimum Wage Study.

DEOHS Biography


PhD Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences, University of Vermont, 2009

MS Nutrition Communications, Tufts University, 1998

RD Dietetics, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1996

In the News

Studies show extent of strain to Washington’s food access and food production systems due to COVID-19
Washington State Department of Agriculture , 12/14/2021

How a key nutritional program adapted to the pandemic
UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, 11/30/2021

Food insecurity remains high and need for assistance dramatically up in Washington
UW News, 07/30/2021

Washington researchers start second round of food security surveys amid coronavirus pandemic
Seattle P-I, 12/22/2020

What you can do to help reduce food waste
Chicago Sun Times, 12/14/2020

Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic
KNKX, 09/15/2020

At least half of child care businesses impacted by Seattle's minimum wage
KING 5, 02/13/2019

Seattle’s minimum wage policy affects child care businesses, some raise tuition or cut jobs
SPH News, 02/11/2019

Food systems, nutrition and health
SPH News, 10/16/2018

Army of UW students descends on Bellevue to identify problems
KUOW, 10/10/2018