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

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

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 Sciences

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. Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts K, Hatch EE, Wang TR, Savitz D, Kuohung W, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Preconception contraceptive use and miscarriage: prospective cohort study. BMJ Med. 2023; 2(1):e000569.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37705685; PMCID: PMC10496668; DOI: 10.1136/bmjmed-2023-000569;
  2. Regan AK, Wesselink AK, Wang TR, Savitz DA, Yland JJ, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Risk of Miscarriage in Relation to Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Before or During Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Sep 01; 142(3):625-635.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37535959; PMCID: PMC10424825; DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000005279;
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Geller RJ, Wesselink AK, Koenig MR, Eisenberg ML, Tucker KL, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Association of male fatty acid intake with fecundability among couples planning pregnancy. Hum Reprod. 2023 Aug 01; 38(8):1601-1612.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37221671; PMCID: PMC10391313; DOI: 10.1093/humrep/dead100;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. 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;
  9. 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
  10. 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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Does heat cause miscarriages? A novel study seeks to find out

Science 8/3/2023

COVID vaccines do not affect menstrual cycles, new research confirms

StudyFinds 7/16/2023

Does the COVID Vaccine Affect Menstruation? A New BU Study Has Answers

BU Today 6/29/2023

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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