Dr. Laurie Menk Otto graduated from National College (now University) of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 with a Naturopathic Doctor degree with honors in research from NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute. In 2008, she was awarded an NIH-NCCAM T32 fellowship at the University of Arizona to study clinical medical research. This two-year research fellowship focused on the study of nonlinear dynamics and complex adaptive systems, and the interface of complementary and alternative medicine with biomedical research. Dr. Menk Otto was awarded a third year of fellowship, during which time she completed her master of public health degree from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She also holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Menk Otto’s fellowship research focused on the investigation of subjective well-being as a measure of whole person health, and its relationship to self-care management, health and illness. Her master degree capstone project used participant-led photography to document life aspects and experiences that influence psychosocial well-being among cancer survivors. Other areas of interest include the relationship between the gastrointestinal and immune systems in the expression of allergy and chronic disease, and global health.
Publications and Presentations
Menk Otto, L. (2012). Capturing Survivorship: Experiences and Issues of Well-Being (Master’s thesis). The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Library.
Menk Otto L., Howerter A., Bell I.R., Jackson N. (2010). Exploring Measures of Whole Person Wellness: Integrative Well-Being and Psychological Flourishing. Explore (NY), Nov-Dec (6)6, 364-370.
Menk Otto L, Koithan M. (2010). Well-being enhancing self-care practices: a taxonomic qualitative analysis. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Portland, OR.
Menk Otto, L., Howerter, A., Bell, I.R., Jackson, N. (May 2009). Evaluating a Nonlinear Dynamical Model for Human Flourishing: Relationship of PANAS Positive-to-Negative-Affect Ratio and Global Health and Well-Being, Personality as a Predictor of Health and Disease. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the North American Research Council on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Minneapolis, MN.