Academic Research

MO 2019

I entered the field of public health focusing on the intersection of physical activity as a tool for addressing psychosocial development. My research interests include HIV/AIDS, sport for development, physical activity, nutrition, and the Sustainable Development Goals. My research and podcasts are below. If you’d like to discuss any of these topics, I always love learning and exchanging ideas with others. I can be reached via email at melissaotterbein at gmail dot com.

Otterbein, M., Miller Aron, C., Gorczynski, P. (2020). The role of the coach in addressing athlete mental health.

Otterbein, M. (2020). Physical activity & the Sustainable Development Goals: A public health approach towards advancing the power of movement.  Journal of Emerging Sport Studies.

Melendez-Torres, G.J., Spencer, T.S., Ingram, L., Pettengill, R, Mullman, M., Otterbein, M. Stein, R., Zimmerman, R., Kilburn C., Salihbaeva, O. (2020). Quasi-experimental evaluation of The Grassroot Project, a sport-based sexual health promotion program for urban middle school students. American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Visek, A. J., Blake, E.F., Otterbein, M., Chandran, A., Sylvetsky, A.C. (2018). SWEET MAPS: A conceptualization of low-calorie sweetener consumption among young adults. Current Developments in Nutrition.

Otterbein, M. (2012). Sports as a tool for refugee empowerment.

Visek, A. J.,Alfonsin, N., Nottingham, K., Otterbein, M., & Chandran, A. (2018). A mixed-method evaluation of fun among girls participating in “Soccer for Success” in East LA. Submitted to the United States Soccer Foundation1-20.  

Zimmerman, R., Spencer, T., Ingram, L., Pettengill, R., Otterbein, M., & Stein, R.  (May 31, 2017). Results of a cluster-randomized trial evaluating the effectiveness of a sports-based HIV prevention program for at-risk adolescents in Washington, DC schools. Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. 

Otterbein, M. (2015, July 9). “Why Don’t Men Menstruate?” Sexual Health as a Human Right.

Otterbein, M. Contributor. “Sustainability and Sport With Triathlete Melissa Otterbein.” Women in Sport Podcast. 2019 March.

Otterbein, M. Contributor. “Sport and the Sustainable Development Goals.” Sport Integrity Global Alliance Podcast. 2018 September 20.