- Understanding Health Risk in the context of Adolescent Development: Research focused on advancing a developmental understanding of adolescent relationships, sexual decision-making, and sexual behavior, and the implications of these developmental changes for HIV and pregnancy prevention. This developmental understanding is a necessary component to the uptake and effectiveness of any adolescent prevention program.
- Programmatic Approaches to Community-Based Pregnancy and HIV Prevention: This basic social science understanding led directly to Dr. Ott's work in evidence-based adolescent pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention initiatives. As a consultant and evaluator, Dr. Ott's work demonstrates the use of mixed methods and "real world" approaches to program evaluation.
- Methodologic issues in research with vulnerable adolescent populations: Across these projects, Dr. Ott has addressed issues in research with vulnerable population, including sampling, consent, and practical aspects of working with rural high poverty, ethnic minority and other particularly vulnerable groups of adolescents.
- Global Adolescent Health: Through collaborations in Western Kenya, Dr. Ott's work has applied this developmental perspective to global adolescent health.
- Empiric Research on ethical issues with vulnerable adolescent populations: Dr. Ott has worked with the Indiana University IRB on how members and investigators evaluate adolescent research, research on adolescents' experiences of research harms and benefits, and consultation with the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Intervention (ATN) on protocols examining preventive misconception in