Mary A. Ott

Mary A. Ott, MD, MA

Professor of Pediatrics


Dr. Mary A. Ott MD MA is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the IU School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at IUPUI.  Her areas of expertise are adolescent pregnancy and HIV prevention, pediatric research ethics, and adolescent consent and confidentiality.  Her research includes the following: (1) implementation sciences approaches to community-based adolescent pregnancy and violence prevention; (2) adolescent pharmacy access to contraception; (3) ethical aspects of pediatric precision medicine; (4) ethical aspects of research with highly vulnerable adolescent populations, and (5) global adolescent health.  Her work is funded by the NIH, the Society for Family Planning Research, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She is currently a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders.

Dr. Ott consults on adolescent health policies locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Ott sits on the Adolescent Subboard for the American Board of Pediatrics, and the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section of Bioethics. She is on the editorial boards for Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Journal of Pediatrics.

Dr. Ott is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  She is the fellowship director for Adolescent Medicine, and she provides adolescent health care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Key Publications

1.    Ott MA, Crawley FP, Sáez-Llorens X, Owusu-Agyei S, Neubauer D, Dubin G, Poplazarova T, Begg N, Rosenthal SL (2018). Ethical Considerations for the Participation of Children of Minor Parents in Clinical Trials, Pediatr Drugs 2018.

2.    Ott MA, Campbell J, Imburgia TM, Yang Z, Tu W, Auerswald CL, (2018). Community Engagement and Venue-Based Sampling in Adolescent Male Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Research. J Adolesc Health. 62(3): S58-64.

3.    Edwards LE, Hunt A, Cope-Barnes D, Hensel DJ, Ott MA (2018). Parent-Child Sexual Cmmunication among Middle School Youth. J Pediatr, 6 April (epub ahead of print).

4.    Price LA, Cao LS, Ott MA (2018). Factors Influencing Pediatric Resident Exposure to Adolescents in their Continuity Clinic. J Pediatr, 6 April (epub ahead of print).

5.    Knopf AS, Gilbert AL, Zimet GD, Kapogiannis BG, Hosek SG, Fortenberry JD, Ott MA and the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (2017). Moral conflict and competing duties in the initiation of a biomedical HIV prevention trial with minor adolescents. AJOB Empir Bioeth;8(3):145-152. PMID: 28949893; PMCID: PMC5618718.

6.    Pfeiffer EJ, McGregor KA, Van Der Pol B, Hardy Hansen C, and Ott MA (2016). Willingness to Disclose Sexually Transmitted Infection Status to Sex Partners Among College-Age Men in the United States.  Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 43(3):204-6. PMCID: PMC4748392.

7.    Bell DL, Rosenberger JG, Ott MA (2015). Masculinity in Adolescent Males’ Early Romantic and Sexual Heterosexual Relationships.  American Journal of Men's Health. 9(3):201-208. PMID: 24899515.

8.    Hunt A, Ott MA (2014). Challenges in adapting and implementing evidence-based sex education programs to local contexts, In Kinney MC, ed. Sex Education: Attitude of Adolescents, Cultural Differences and Schools' Challenges. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

9.    Ott MA (2014). Vulnerability in HIV Prevention Research With Adolescents, Reconsidered. Journal of Adolescent Health, 10 April, Epub ahead of print. PMID: 24726714


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Titles & Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, School of Liberal Arts