Shelby Yamamoto, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Public Health


Associate Professor, School of Public Health
(780) 492-0331
3-263 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9



I am an environmental epidemiologist that explores environmental factors that impact vulnerable populations. My research primarily focuses on two areas: air pollution and climate change. Air pollution (ambient, household) is an important environmental risk factor related to several health outcomes. I am particularly interested in a) investigating the relationship between air pollution, climate change, and chronic diseases, b) assessing the links between air pollution and climate change, and c) exploring approaches to assess these relationships.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Heidelberg, 2009

MSc, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Toronto, 2005

BSc (Hons), Environmental Science, University of Toronto, 2003


School of Public Health Diversity Champion, 2019

School of Public Health Students' Association Small Class Teaching Award, 2019

School of Public Health Students' Association Large Class Teaching Award, 2018



air pollution

climate change

chronic diseases

vulnerable populations


SPH 511 - Environmental Contaminant Exposure Assessment

Principles and practice of monitoring exposure to environmental contaminants, external and internal dose. Biomarkers for environmental contaminant dose estimation. Environmental and biological sampling. Routes of exposure, absorption, and distribution. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 511 and SPH 511.

SPH 603 - Scientific Communication in Public Health

An interdisciplinary seminar designed to explore communication in public health including: written and oral communication of research to scientific and lay audiences, grant proposal and manuscript writing, poster and oral presentations. All PhD students are required to complete this course. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 603 and SPH 603.

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Assessing and addressing the psychosocial impacts of COVID-19 among pregnant women and health care providers in Anhui, China

2020 to 2022

Principal investigator

This study will examine the mental health of pregnant women and health care providers before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic in the Anhui province of China. We will also explore the impact of poor mental health on adverse birth outcomes during this period.

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Alberta Innovates

Mental health and COVID-19

Research - Building Community Climate Change Knowledge and Resilience in Older Adults and Immigrants

2019 to 2020

Principal investigator

We will create an interactive, web-based platform for stakeholders to identify vulnerable communities (e.g. older adults, immigrant) and co-develop climate change toolkits aimed at vulnerable populations. Collectively, this work aims to pave the way to build local climate change resilience and adaptation opportunities.

Funded by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Research - Climate change surveillance for chronic health effects in populations

2020 to 2024

Principal investigator

The aim of this work is to develop climate change-related chronic disease surveillance for Alberta. Building on this, we will then create an interactive online mapping surveillance tool to inform public health policies.

Funded by the Government of Canada

Research - Climate Change, Older Adults and Immigrants: Exploring Community Vulnerability and Resilience

2019 to 2021

Principal investigator

We aim to generate critical local data about community climate change vulnerability and resilience that can be used to inform future short, medium and long-term planning activities for the City of Edmonton

Funded by Cities IPCC and Alberta EcoTrust

Research - Screening and management of perinatal depression within primary care

2017 to 2022


We will implement a perinatal depression screening and management (PDSM) program within the China maternal and child healthcare system. We will assess provider organization, individual healthcare provider, and cultural factors to identify implementation strategies to improve practice (i.e., uptake) and transfer knowledge for scale-up of our program; and examine the effectiveness of these implementation strategies by monitoring acceptability, feasibility, reach, and fidelity.

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and National Natural Science Foundation of China


Human Health: Impacts, Adaptation, and Co-Benefits, Climate Change 2014. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects

Author(s): Smith KR, Woodward A, Campbell-Lendrum D, Chadee DD, Honda Y, Liu QY, Olwoch JM, Revich B, Sauerborn R, Aranda C, Berry H, Butler C, Chafe Z, Cushing L, Ebi KL, Kjellstrom T, Kovats S, Lindsay G, Lipp E, McMichael T, Murray V, Sankoh O, O'Neill M, Shonkoff SB, Sutherland J, Yamamoto S
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Effect of indoor air pollution from biomass and solid fuel combustion on symptoms of preeclampsia/eclampsia in Indian women

Author(s): Agrawal S, Yamamoto S
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Indoor Air
Volume: 3
Page Numbers: 341-352

A systematic review of air pollution as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in South Asia: Limited evidence from India and Pakistan

Author(s): Yamamoto SS, Phalkey R, Malik AA
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Volume: 217
Page Numbers: 133-144

Biomass smoke in Burkina Faso: What is the relationship between particulate matter, carbon monoxide and kitchen characteristics?

Author(s): Yamamoto SS, Louis VR, Sié A, Sauerborn R
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Volume: 21
Page Numbers: 2581-2591

Households' perception of climate change and human health risks: a community perspective

Author(s): Haque MA, Yamamoto SS, Malik AA, Sauerborn R.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Environmental Health
Volume: 11