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
An assessment of environmental and neighborhood-level risk factors for subfertility among Black women in the U.S.
04/10/2023 - 01/31/2028 (PI)NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences1R01ES035053-01
A prospective study of heat exposure and miscarriage
09/10/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development5R21HD106357-02
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Regan AK, Fell DB, Wise LA, Vazquez-Benitez G, Håberg SE, Ogar C, Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Zerbo O. Challenges & opportunities for the epidemiological evaluation of the effects of COVID-19 vaccination on reproduction and pregnancy. Vaccine. 2023 Sep 22; 41(41):5931-5935.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37659894
Deen L, Clark A, Hougaard KS, Petersen KU, Frederiksen M, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Meyer HW, Bonde JP, Tøttenborg SS. Exposure to airborne polychlorinated biphenyls and type 2 diabetes in a Danish cohort. Environ Res. 2023 Aug 25; 237(Pt 2):117000.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37634693
Wise LA, Wang TR, Ncube CN, Lovett SM, Abrams J, Boynton-Jarrett R, Koenig MR, Geller RJ, Wesselink AK, Coleman CM, Hatch EE, James-Todd T. Use of Chemical Hair Straighteners and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Jul 07; 192(7):1066-1080.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37005071; PMCID: PMC10505421; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwad079;
Wesselink AK, Lovett SM, Weinberg J, Geller RJ, Wang TR, Regan AK, Willis MD, Perkins RB, Yland JJ, Koenig MR, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. COVID-19 vaccination and menstrual cycle characteristics: A prospective cohort study. Vaccine. 2023 Jun 29; 41(29):4327-4334.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37301706; PMCID: PMC10239900; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.06.012;
Wesselink AK, Wegienka G, Coleman CM, Geller RJ, Harmon QE, Upson K, Lovett SM, Claus Henn B, Marsh EE, Noel NL, Baird DD, Wise LA. A prospective ultrasound study of cigarette smoking and uterine leiomyomata incidence and growth. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Aug; 229(2):151.e1-151.e8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37148957; PMCID: PMC10524545; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2023.04.041;
Mikkelsen EM, Ulrichsen SP, Johannesen BR, Dam Laursen AS, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wesselink AK, Crowe H, Sørensen HT. Preconception use of antibiotics and fecundability: a Danish prospective cohort study. Fertil Steril. 2023 Sep; 120(3 Pt 2):650-659.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37116639
Willis MD, Wesselink AK, Hystad P, Pescador Jimenez M, Coleman CM, Kirwa K, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Associations between Residential Greenspace and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Apr; 131(4):47012.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37098782; PMCID: PMC10132140; DOI: 10.1289/EHP10648;
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2014-2017 Boston University Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology:
2010 University of California at Berkeley:
Patricia Buffler Scholarship
2009 National Cancer Fellowship:
Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship