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

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

Featured Publications

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

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2014 January;

Agrawal S, Yamamoto S

Indoor Air. 2014 January; 3

Yamamoto SS, Phalkey R, Malik AA

International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. 2014 January; 217

Yamamoto SS, Louis VR, Sié A, Sauerborn R

Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2014 January; 21

Haque MA, Yamamoto SS, Malik AA, Sauerborn R.

Environmental Health. 2012 January; 11