Jay Otto, M.S.

Principal Scientist, Center for Health & Safety Culture

Jay Otto is a Principal Scientist for the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) in the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University.

Jay received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He leads the research efforts for the Center as well as participates in research projects. He is fascinated by human behavior, how systems influence behavior, and the role of culture. His issues of interest include substance abuse prevention, traffic safety, and violence prevention.

Jay previously worked at the community level as a manager of a prevention office within a local hospital. 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, five horses and a cat.

Research Focus Affiliations

  • Safety and Operations

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