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Mark Otten

Mark Otten
Assistant Professor
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Phone:
(818) 677-4265
Office location:
ST 324
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Biography

Education
  • Ph.D. 2007, UCLA. Dissertation: “Choking vs. clutch performance: A study of sport performance under pressure.”
  • M.A., 2002, UCLA.
  • B.A., 2001, UC Davis

Courses Taught


Psy 479SE - Advanced Social Psychology: Sport & Exercise
Psy 320/L - Psychological Statistics & Lab
Pst 380 - Psychology of Stress
Psy 420/L - Advanced Statistical Methods & Lab
Psy 524/L - Applied Multivariate Statistics & Lab
Psy 534/L - Latent Variable Analysis & Lab
Psy 692A - Seminar in Research Methods

Selected Publications and Presentations


Publications


Otten, M. P. (in press). Clutch performance: A positive psychology perspective: A commentary on Mesagno and Hill’s "Definition of choking in sport" [Peer commentary by M. P. Otten]. International Journal of Sport Psychology.
 
Otten, M. P., & Barrett, M. E. (2013). Pitching and clutch hitting in baseball: What 109 years of statistics reveal. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 14, 531-537. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.03.003

Otten, M. P., & Samson, A. (2012). Measurement in sport and exercise psychology. [Review of the book Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology, by Tenenbaum, G., Eklund, R. C., & Kamata, A.]. The Sport Psychologist, 26, 647-649.

Oliver, T. L., Lagana`, L., Ainsworth, A. & Otten, M. P. (2012). A path analysis testing the relationship between sexual upbringing and sexual satisfaction in a U.S. sample of ethnically diverse women.  In Peterson, N. E. & Campbell, W. (Eds.), Handbook on sexuality: Perspectives, issues and role in society (1-16). Nova Science: New York.

Frank, G., Plunkett, S. W., & Otten, M. P. (2010). Perceived parenting, self-esteem, and general self-efficacy of Iranian American adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 738-746.
 
Otten, M. (2009). Choking vs. clutch performance: A study of sport performance under pressure. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 31, 583-601.
 
Otten, M., Stigler, J. W., Woodward, J. A., & Staley, L. (2004). Performing history: The effects of a dramatic art-based history program on student achievement and enjoyment. Theory and Research in Social Education, 32(2), 187-212.

 

Presentations

Maurice, S., Samson, A., & Otten, M. P. (2013). Playing to win: A look into the motivation of athletes.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Charlotte, North Carolina.

 
Miller, T., Okojie, M., Barrett, M. E., & Otten, M. P. (2013). Defense wins championships: What 110 years of statistics reveals.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nevada.
 
Otten, M. P., Rutchick, A. M., Maru, S., & Adlof, A. (2013). The illusion of home field choking: An apparent paradox regresses to the mean. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Zamora, R., Sarafian, R., Maurice, S., & Otten, M. P. (2013). Playing to win: Is the drive to perform in you?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nevada.

Grover, M., Camacho, T., Corral, D. & Otten, M. P. (2012). Great expectations: Confidence, control and junior college football. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.

Keelan, M. Axt, J., Otten, M. P., & Ma, D. (2012). How perceived threat plays a role in NBA officiating. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.

Maurice, S., & Otten, M. P. (2012). Don’t blow it! Preventing choking under pressure.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Otten, M. P. & Grimm, D. (2012). Understanding the L.A. driver: A study of the attitudes and behavior of drivers in California.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, California.

Perez, D., Maurice, S. & Otten, M. P. (2012). Quantitatively measuring Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success on the basketball court. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.

 

Sherikian, S. & Otten, M. P. (2012). Just do it: Over-thinking your pre-shot routine. Paper presented as part of the symposium, “Modeling clutch performance in sport: The keys to success revealed” at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.
 
Virgien, K., Samson, A. & Otten, M. P. (2012). Mental toughness and motivations in marathon runners. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.

 

Research and Interests

As evidenced by the variety of publications and presentations listed above, my research interests vary widely across the field of sport and exercise psychology.  My research lab welcomes students with an interest in sport, and/or the pursuit of sport and exercise studies in graduate school.  I also maintain an interest in multivariate statistics and structural equation modeling, so if any of the above also interest you, feel free to send me an email.