Staff Profile

Jay Otto M.S.- Research Scientist, Manager

Jay Otto is a Research Scientist and manager for the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University. Otto holds a masters degree and works for the Center assisting with research design, research projects, and data analysis. His areas of interest are in substance abuse prevention, comprehensive community development, and child wellness. His research interests involve applying the Positive Community Norms approach to impact community systems to improve health and wellness.

Otto assists with the design of various projects and training events including the Montana Summer Institute, Positive Community Norms trainings, and the National Summit on Rural Traffic Safety Culture. Previously, he was the manager of West Park Hospital’s Prevention and Wellness Office in Cody, Wyoming for seven years. He has served on several local and state committees overseeing prevention efforts. He lives on a small farm in rural West Virginia with his wife, Lynette, two dogs, three horses and a cat.