Mark Otten

Dr. Otten
(818) 677-2827
Office location:
ST 324



Courses Taught

  • Psy 320/L - Psychological Statistics & Lab
  • Pst 380 - Psychology of Stress
  • Pay 485US/S - Advanced Statistical Methods & Lab
  • Psy 479SE/S - Advanced Social Psychology: Sport & Exercise
  • Psy 524/L - Applied Multivariate Statistics & Lab
  • Psy 534/L - Latent Variable Analysis & Lab
  • Psy 692A - Seminar in Research Methods

**Currently accepting new research assistants.
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Selected Publications and Presentations

Iwatsuki, T., & Otten, M. P. (2020). Providing choice enhances motor performance under psychological pressure. Journal of Motor Behavior

Machida, M., Otten, M. P., Magyar, M., Vealey, R. S., & Ward, R. M. (2016). Examining Multidimensional Sport-Confidence in Novice and Expert Sport Performers. Journal of Sports Sciences, doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1167934

Samson, A. A., Otten, M. P., & Crivello, K. (2015). The Relationship Between Motivations, Perceived Control, and Mental Toughness Among Marathon Runners. Athletic Insight, 7(3), 227-238.

Otten, M. P., & Miller, T. J. (2015). A Balanced Team Wins Championships: 66 Years of Data from the National Basketball Association and the National Football League. Perceptual & Motor Skills: Exercise & Sport, 121, 654-665.

Perez, D., Van Horn, S., & Otten, M. P. (2014). Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: A Comparison to the Sport Psychology Literature. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 9, 85-101.

Otten, M. P. (2013). 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, 4, 285-287.

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.

Otten, M. (2009). Choking vs. clutch performance: A study of sport performance under pressure. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 31, 583-601.


Research and Interests

My research and teaching focuses on sport performance, sport and exercise psychology and statistics.  I run the "CSUN Sport Psychology Lab" alongside Drs. Ashley Samson and Jacob Jensen from the CSUN department of kinesiology.  Our lab welcomes students with an interest in sport, and/or the pursuit of sport and exercise studies in graduate school.