Amelia K. Wesselink, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Amelia Wesselink is a Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). Her research focuses on how environmental exposures influence reproductive and gynecologic health, with a specific focus on factors related to neighborhoods and climate change. She is a co-investigator of Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO), a preconception cohort study designed to examine risk factors for sub-fertility and miscarriage. Her research in PRESTO primarily focuses on air pollution, heat, and endocrine disrupting chemical exposures in relation to reproductive health. She is PI of a BUSPH-funded pilot study involving monitoring of personal heat exposures in PRESTO. She is also a co-investigator of the Study of Environment, Lifestyle and Fibroids (SELF), where she is investigating the effect of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals on risk of uterine fibroids.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Think: Within my research, I am committed to providing study participants with individualized results whenever possible, with the goals of shared decision making and promoting equitable access to health-related information. For example, in collaboration with the Silent Spring Institute, I developed individualized reports to provide participants of Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO) the results of chemical concentrations we measured in their biospecimens.

Teach: I take an equity-focused approach to mentoring, including co-development of shared working agreements, regular check-ins and solicitation of feedback, and explicit acknowledgement of power dynamics in mentoring relationships.

Do: I serve on the Epidemiology Department's Antiracism committee, and am actively involved in programs through this committee, including development of a Spring 2022 seminar series.

Postdoctoral Associate (previously held)
Boston University School of Public Health

A prospective study of heat exposure and miscarriage
09/10/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development


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  1. Willis SK, Wise LA, Laursen ASD, Wesselink AK, Mikkelsen EM, Tucker KL, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE. Glycemic Load, Dietary Fiber, Added Sugar, and Spontaneous Abortion in Two Preconception Cohorts. J Nutr. 2023 Jan 14; 152(12):2818-2826. PMID: 36057842; DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxac202;
  2. Crowe HM, Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Jick SS, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sørensen HT, Hatch EE. Pre-pregnancy migraine diagnosis, medication use, and spontaneous abortion: a prospective cohort study. J Headache Pain. 2022 Dec 20; 23(1):162. PMID: 36539705; PMCID: PMC9764528; DOI: 10.1186/s10194-022-01533-6;
  3. Crowe HM, Hatch EE, Wang TR, Horsburgh CR, Mikkelsen EM, Kuohung W, Wise LA, Wesselink AK. Periconceptional antibiotic use and spontaneous abortion: A prospective cohort study. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2022 Oct 27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36303292; DOI: 10.1111/ppe.12931;
  4. Lund KH, Laursen ASD, Grønborg TK, Toft G, Jacobsen BH, Wang TR, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Sommer GJ, Eisenberg ML, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Wise LA, Mikkelsen EM. Perceived stress and semen quality. Andrology. 2023 Jan; 11(1):45-53. PMID: 36151857; DOI: 10.1111/andr.13301;
  5. Willis SK, Hatch EE, Laursen ASD, Wesselink AK, Mikkelsen EM, Tucker KL, Rothman KJ, Mumford SL, Wise LA. Dietary patterns and fecundability in 2 prospective preconception cohorts. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Oct 03. PMID: 36192441; PMCID: PMC9630871; DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqac213;
  6. Bond JC, Abrams J, Wesselink AK, White KO, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Predictors of Non-Response to a Sexual Health Survey in a North American Preconception Cohort Study. J Sex Med. 2022 Nov; 19(11):1707-1715. PMID: 36182572; PMCID: PMC9617790; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2022.08.199;
  7. Geller RJ, Wesselink AK, Upson K, Claus Henn B, Schildroth S, Wright R, Coleman CM, Willis MD, Bethea TN, Williams PL, Harmon QE, Baird DD, Wegienka G, Wise LA. Correlates of whole blood metal concentrations among reproductive-aged Black women. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Sep 14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36104525; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-022-00477-y;
  8. Weissert SJ, Mikkelsen EM, Jacobsen BH, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Laursen ASD. Organic food consumption and fecundability in a preconception cohort study of Danish couples trying to conceive. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2022 Sep 07. PMID: 36071679; DOI: 10.1111/ppe.12924;
  9. McKinnon CJ, Joglekar DJ, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wesselink AK, Willis MD, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Eisenberg ML, Wise LA. Male personal heat exposures and fecundability: A preconception cohort study. Andrology. 2022 Nov; 10(8):1511-1521.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35924639; PMCID: PMC9588744; DOI: 10.1111/andr.13242;
  10. Nillni YI, Crowe HM, Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Wise LA. The association between time-to-pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms in a North American prospective cohort study. Ann Epidemiol. 2022 Oct; 74:51-57.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35902064
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Miscarriage risk may be highest in late summer, data shows

Motherly 8/24/2022

Study shows miscarriages are more common in the summer – therapists explain how to navigate them

Metro 8/15/2022

Home Health News Your Chance of Miscarriage Can Rise by Up to 44% During the Summer

SciTech Daily 7/26/2022

Warning to pregnant women as risk of complication soars in summer months

The Sun 7/25/2022

How do vaccines affect periods? A big COVID survey lays out some clues.

Popular Science 7/15/2022

Pregnant women are 44% more likely to have a miscarriage in summer than they are in winter - experts fear sweltering heat over summer could be at fault

Daily Mail 7/11/2022

No link found between COVID-19 vaccines and male infertility

Associated Press 4/13/2022

COVID Increases Risk of Pregnancy Complications, Study Says

WebMD 2/8/2022

Study finds 'no adverse association between COVID-19 vaccination and fertility'

Medical News Today 2/2/2022

Study finds 'no adverse association between COVID-19 vaccination and fertility'

Medical News Today 2/2/2022

Getting vaccinated doesn’t affect your fertility — but getting Covid might for men, new study says

CNBC 1/22/2022

Covid-19 vaccinations do not impair fertility in men or women, study finds

CNN 1/21/2022

COVID-19 vaccination does not reduce chances of conception, study suggests

National Institutes of Health 1/20/2022

COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Cause Infertility or Harm Pregnancy Chances, BU Research Shows

BU Today 1/20/2022

Climate crisis increasing risk of premature birth and childhood illness

The Independent 1/15/2022

Climate change’s adverse effects on health starts in the womb, studies find

The Irish Examiner 1/15/2022

Smoggy Air Might Raise Black Women's Odds for Fibroids

WebMD 5/18/2021

Stress Affects Fertility In Women, Not Men, A New Study Finds

Bustle 10/3/2018

2014-2017 Boston University Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology: Fellowship
2010 University of California at Berkeley: Patricia Buffler Scholarship
2009 National Cancer Fellowship: Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship
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