Michael Otto


Otto Michael
  • Title Professor
  • Education PhD, University of New Mexico

Research Interests

Dr. Otto has had a major career focus on developing and validating new psychosocial treatments for anxiety, mood, psychotic, and substance use disorders, with a particular focus on treatment refractory populations. This includes a translational research agenda investigating brain-behavior relationships in therapeutic learning.  His 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.  Across these health behaviors, he has been concerned with cognitive, attention, and affective factors that derail adaptive behaviors, and the factors that can rescue these processes. He also investigates exercise as an intervention for affective and addictive disorders, as well as for cognitive enhancement. He has over 400 publications spanning his research interests, and Dr. Otto was identified as a “top producer” in the clinical empirical literature, and an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is a Past President and Fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, is currently President and Fellow of Division 12 of the American Psychological Association, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Selected Publications

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  • Otto, M. W. & Smits, J. A. J. (2011, July). Exercise for mood and anxiety: Proven strategies for overcoming depression and enhancing well being. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Otto, M. W., Reilly-Harrington, N. A., Knauz, R. O., Henin, A., Kogan, J. N., & Sachs, G. S. (2011). Living with bipolar disorder (expanded edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Otto, M. W., Simon, N. M., Olatunji, B. O., Sung, S. C., & Pollack, M. H. (in press). 10-Minute CBT: Integrating cognitive-behavioral strategies into your practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Otto, M. W. & Hofmann, S. G. (Eds). (2010). Avoiding Treatment Failures in the Anxiety Disorders. New York: Springer.
  • Otto, M. W. & Pollack, M. H. (2009). Stopping anxiety medication (Therapist guide,. 2nd Edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Otto, M. W., Reilly-Harrington, N. A., Kogan, J. N., Henin, A., Knauz, R. O., & Sachs, G. S. (2009). Managing bipolar disorder: A cognitive-behavioral approach. (Workbook). New York: Oxford University Press.

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