Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Environmental Health

PhD, Yale University
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health
BSE, Princeton University

Amruta Nori-Sarma is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health Department at Boston University School of Public Health, where she studies the relationship between environmental exposures associated with climate change and health outcomes in vulnerable communities. Her previous work has examined the impact of heat waves and air pollution on health in vulnerable communities in India, South Korea, and across the US. Her current research aims to understand the impacts of interrelated extreme weather events on mental health across the US utilizing large claims datasets. She also has an interest in evaluating the success of policies put in place to reduce the health impacts of climate change.

CAFÉ: a Research Coordinating Center to Convene, Accelerate, Foster, and Expand the Climate Change and Health Community of Practice
05/10/2023 - 04/30/2026 (Multi-PI)
PI: Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Advancing Community Resilience to Cumulative Climate Impacts in the Mystic River Watershed
11/01/2022 - 10/31/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD
Environmental Protection Agency


Strategic Direction Spark Award
Boston University

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  1. Errett NA, Hartwell C, Randazza JM, Nori-Sarma A, Weinberger KR, Spangler KR, Sun Y, Adams QH, Wellenius GA, Hess JJ. Survey of extreme heat public health preparedness plans and response activities in the most populous jurisdictions in the United States. BMC Public Health. 2023 May 03; 23(1):811.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37138325; PMCID: PMC10154751; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-023-15757-x;
  2. Hassan AM, Nogueira L, Lin YL, Rogers JE, Nori-Sarma A, Offodile AC. Impact of Heatwaves on Cancer Care Delivery: Potential Mechanisms, Health Equity Concerns, and Adaptation Strategies. J Clin Oncol. 2023 Jun 10; 41(17):3104-3109. PMID: 37098249
  3. Nori-Sarma A, Wellenius GA. Human Health and Well-being in a Warming World. Milbank Q. 2023 Apr; 101(S1):99-118.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37096613; PMCID: PMC10126986; DOI: 10.1111/1468-0009.12608;
  4. Randazza JM, Hess JJ, Bostrom A, Hartwell C, Adams QH, Nori-Sarma A, Spangler KR, Sun Y, Weinberger KR, Wellenius GA, Errett NA. Planning to Reduce the Health Impacts of Extreme Heat: A Content Analysis of Heat Action Plans in Local United States Jurisdictions. Am J Public Health. 2023 May; 113(5):559-567.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36926967; PMCID: PMC10088945; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.307217;
  5. Adams QH, Chan EMG, Spangler KR, Weinberger KR, Lane KJ, Errett NA, Hess JJ, Sun Y, Wellenius GA, Nori-Sarma A. Examining the Optimal Placement of Cooling Centers to Serve Populations at High Risk of Extreme Heat Exposure in 81 US Cities. Public Health Rep. 2023 Feb 01; 333549221148174.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36726308; PMCID: PMC10576472; DOI: 10.1177/00333549221148174;
  6. Nori-Sarma A, Milando C, Weinberger KR, Hess JJ, Errett NA, Wellenius GA. Association Between the 2021 Heat Wave in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, and Emergency Department Visits. JAMA. 2022 Dec 20; 328(23):2360-2362.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36538316; PMCID: PMC9856788; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2022.20665;
  7. Paul D. Juarez, Aramandla Ramesh, Darryl B. Hood, Donald J. Alcendor, R. Burciaga Valdez, Mounika P. Aramandla, Mohammad Tabatabai, Patricia Matthews-Juarez, Michael A. Langston, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan, Amruta Nori-Sarma, Wansoo Im, Charles C. Mouton. The effects of air pollution, meteorological parameters, and climate change on COVID-19 comorbidity and health disparities: A systematic review. Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology. 2022; 4:194-210.
  8. R. Burciaga Valdez, Mohammad Tabatabai, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan, Derek Wilus, Darryl B. Hood, Wansoo Im, Amruta Nori-Sarma, Aramandla Ramesh, Macarius M. Donneyong, Michael A. Langston, Charles P. Mouton, Paul D. Juárez. Association of diabetes and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the Southeastern United States. Hygiene and Environmental Health Advances. 2022; 4.
  9. Nori-Sarma A, Sun S, Sun Y, Spangler KR, Oblath R, Galea S, Gradus JL, Wellenius GA. Association Between Ambient Heat and Risk of Emergency Department Visits for Mental Health Among US Adults, 2010 to 2019. JAMA Psychiatry. 2022 Apr 01; 79(4):341-349.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35195664; PMCID: PMC8867392; DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.4369;
  10. Nori-Sarma A, Spangler KR, Wang B, Cesare N, Dukes KA, Lane KJ. Impacts of the choice of distance measurement method on estimates of access to point-based resources. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Mar; 33(2):237-243.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35145207
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Forbes 10/30/2022

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Everyday Health 9/29/2022

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The Boston Globe 9/23/2022

How Heat Waves Take a Toll on Mental Health

The Spokesman Review 8/25/2022

Why Extreme Heat Is So Bad for the Human Body

Time 8/2/2022

Greater Boston broils under first extended heat wave of 2022

WBUR 7/20/2022

It’s not just heat stroke. Extreme temperatures pose special risk to people with chronic illness (and that’s a lot of us)

STAT 7/19/2022

Hot enough for you? How heat can affect your mental health

Toronto Star 7/18/2022

The Climate Anxiety Discussion Has a Whiteness Problem

Wired 7/11/2022

Climate anxiety: Spike in mental health emergencies on very hot days

The New Daily 4/3/2022

Climate change: Extreme heat linked to more mental health emergencies

Medical News Today 3/11/2022

Summer Heat Can Drain Mental Health

BU Today 3/11/2022

How Extreme Heat Can Worsen Mental Health

Verywell Health 3/9/2022

Science News | Study Says Extreme Heat is Linked to Rise in Mental Health Emergency Care

Latestly 2/27/2022

Extreme Heat Linked to Increase in Mental Health Emergency Care

Neuroscience News 2/27/2022

A Hotter Climate Could Trigger More Mental Health Crises

Health Day 2/24/2022

Study examines link between extreme heat and mental health

The Weather Network 2/24/2022

Hot days lead to more mental health emergencies, study finds

The Guardian 2/23/2022

Extreme heat raises risk for mental health crises in U.S., study finds

United Press International 2/23/2022

Mental health emergencies rise with heat for all ages, study finds

WBUR 2/23/2022

Extreme Heat Could Impact Young and Middle-Aged Adults More than Older Adults

BU Today 1/11/2022

Extreme heat may impact younger people more than elderly - study

Jerusalem Post 11/27/2021

This Squad of Researchers Is a Real-Life Justice League

BU Today 10/27/2021
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