Nick Otis grew up on lands of the Pocumtuc, Nipmuc, and Mohican—rural Western Massachusetts. He studied global nutrition and kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, where he was nominated for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, and received the prestigious 21st Century Leader Award. Nick’s initial research with Dr. Lorraine Cordeiro examined the impact of geographic location on nutritional status among adolescents in Tanzania. He has also worked as a research associate studying the nutritional health of Cambodian refugee women in Massachusetts, and as a public health research consultant for clients like the San Diego American Indian Health Center and USAID.
Currently in San Diego on occupied Kumeyaay land, Nick is a research associate at the Naval Health Research Center. His research with Dr. Kristen Walter focuses on environmental exercise psychology—surf-, hike-, and other activity-based therapies—for service members with major depression and PTSD. Most of his free time is spent deep in the Sierras (Mono, Northern Paiute, and many other tribal nations’ homeland)—or scheming how to get there.