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. 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 Apr 26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37116639
  2. 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;
  3. Crowe HM, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Wise LA, Jick SS. Migraine and risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A population-based cohort study. Cephalalgia. 2023 Apr; 43(4):3331024231161746.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36935588
  4. Crowe HM, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Wise LA, Jick SS. Migraine and risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A population-based cohort study. Cephalalgia. 2023 Apr; 43(4):3331024231161746.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36935588
  5. 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 Mar 31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37005071
  6. Bond JC, White KO, Abrams JA, Wesselink AK, Wise LA. Sexual dysfunction, distress, and care-seeking among females during the preconception period. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Mar 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37001576
  7. Wise LA, Wang TR, Stanford JB, Wesselink AK, Ncube CN, Rothman KJ, Murray EJ. A randomized trial of web-based fertility-tracking software and fecundability. Fertil Steril. 2023 Feb 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36774978
  8. Willis SK, Hatch EE, Laursen AS, 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 Nov; 116(5):1441-1451.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36192441; PMCID: PMC9630871; DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqac213;
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36057842; PMCID: PMC9839996; DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxac202;
  10. Koenig MR, Wesselink AK, Kuriyama AS, Chaiyasarikul A, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Feasibility of mail-based biospecimen collection in an online preconception cohort study. Front Reprod Health. 2022; 4:1052231.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36699143; PMCID: PMC9869415; DOI: 10.3389/frph.2022.1052231;
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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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