Michael W. Otto, Ph.D.

Director, Translational Research Program Professor of Psychology

  • Title Director, Translational Research Program
    Professor of Psychology
  • Office 900 Commonwealth Avenue, Floor 2

Michael W. Otto, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of the Translational Research Laboratory at Boston University. He has had a major career focus on developing and validating new psychosocial treatments, with a focus on treatment refractory populations including those with mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. His work includes a translational research agenda investigating brain-behavior relationships in therapeutic learning. Dr. Otto’s focus on hard-to-treat conditions and principles underlying behavior-change failures led him to an additional focus on health-behavior promotion, including investigations of addictive behaviors, medication adherence, sleep, and exercise. Dr. Otto has published over 500 articles and books spanning his research interests, and he was identified as a “top producer” in the clinical empirical literature as well as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He received the APA Society of Clinical Psychology award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for mentoring, and the Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology. His past leadership positions include serving as President of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and President of Division 12 of the American Psychological Association.


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