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Sarah Towner Wright, MLS: Head, Clinical and Statewide Engagement

School of Medicine Librarian, Liaison to the AHEC Program Office, and Clinical Librarian

Sarah Towner Wright, MLS, Head, Clinical and Statewide Engagement

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Monday through Friday:   9 AM to 5 PM

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Head, Clinical and Statewide Engagement, Health Sciences Library

As the Head, Clinical and Statewide Engagement, Sarah Towner Wright, MLS, strategizes and leads clinical engagement opportunities, manages statewide health initiatives based at the Health Sciences Library, and serves as the primary provider of library support for the School of Medicine.  She provides curriculum support for medical students at the School of Medicine and supports SOM faculty with research and curricular implementation.  Also, Ms. Wright implements training for UNC Hospitals’ clinical departments and residency programs; handles patient-related information retrieval and the critical appraisal of evidence; provides expert-mediated searching and synthesized answers in response to advanced requests; provides clinical information and evidence-based practice for bedside clinical rounds; offers effective and innovative client-centered education services; and conducts individual and group consultations on information discovery, retrieval, and management.  

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Wright was the School of Medicine Librarian and Clinical Team Lead with the Health Sciences Library at UNC.  She was previously the Director of Information Management and Clinical Pediatrics Librarian for the UNC Department of Pediatrics, as well as the Manager of the Medical Library at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia; the Hospital Liaison/Medical Reference Librarian at the Himmelfarb Library at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Health Information Specialist at the Rural Information Center Health Service (RICHS) at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD.


MLS, University of Pittsburgh

BA, French Education and Violin Performance, University of Richmond

2e Degree, Université de Strasbourg, France

Research and Publications

Research Interests:  Systematic review searching, evidence-based practice, clinical and academic research, residency milestones, pediatrics, medical school education


  1. Cornwell, Neil S., et al. "Should antenatal corticosteroids be used in the late preterm period in pregnant patients with pregestational or gestational diabetes?." Evidence-Based Practice: 10-1097.

  2. Williamson C, Wright ST, Beck Dallaghan GL. Test Anxiety Among US Medical Students: A Review of the Current Literature. Med Sci Educ. 2024 Feb 14;34(2):491-499. doi: 10.1007/s40670-024-01999-w. PMID: 38686157; PMCID: PMC11055846.

  3. Iwai Y, Toumbou K, Zuze T, Morgan JS, Simwinga L, Wright ST, Fedoriw Y, Oladeru OT, Balogun OD, Roberson ML, Olopade OI, Tomoka T, Elmore SNC. Breast Cancer Germline Genetic Counseling and Testing for Populations of African Heritage Globally: A Scoping Review on Research, Practice, and Bioethical Considerations. JCO Glob Oncol. 2023 Sep;9:e2300154. doi: 10.1200/GO.23.00154. PMID: 37944088; PMCID: PMC10645409.

  4. Russel SM, Carter TM, Wright ST, Hirshfield LE. How Do Academic Medicine Pathways Differ for Underrepresented Trainees and Physicians? A Critical Scoping Review. Acad Med. 2023;98(11S):S133-S142. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000005364.

  5. Uzonyi, T. E., Grissom, A. C., Anderson, R. V., Lee, H., Towner-Wright, S., Crais, E. R., Watson, L. R., & Landa, R. J. (2023). Scoping review of behavioral coding measures used to evaluate parent responsiveness of children with autism or elevated risk of autism. Autism27(7),1856-1875.  PMID: 36802822 .

  6. Beck Dallaghan GL, Wright ST, Plant J, Butani L, Morgenstern BZ. Educational Relative Value Units as a Measure of Academic Productivity: A Systematic Review. Cureus. 2023;15(4):e36995. Published 2023 Apr 1. doi:10.7759/cureus.36995

  7. Wouk K, Piggott J, Towner Wright S, Palmquist AEL, Knittel A. Lactation Support for People Who Are Incarcerated: A Systematic Review. Breastfeed Med. 2022 Oct 26. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2022.0138. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36301257.

  8. Smith NR, Grummon AH, Ng SW, Wright ST, Frerichs L. Simulation models of sugary drink policies: A scoping review. PLoS One. 2022 Oct 3;17(10):e0275270. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0275270. PMID: 36191026; PMCID: PMC9529101.

  9. Beck Dallaghan, G.L., Coe, C.L., Wright, ST, and Jordan SG. Mentoring Medical Education Research: Guidelines from a Narrative Review. Med.Sci.Educ. 2022; 32:723-731.

  10. Kim S, Mortera MH, Wen PS, Thompson KL, Lundgren K, Reed WR, Sasson N, Towner Wright S, Vora A, Krishnan S, Joseph J, Heyn P, Chin BS. The Impact of Complementary and Integrative Medicine Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Scoping Review. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2022 Apr 21.   Epub ahead of print.

  11. Gutierrez-Wu, J., Lawrence C., Jamison S., Wright ST., Steiner MJ., Orr CJ. An evaluation of programs designed to increase representation of diverse faculty at academic medical centers.   Journal of the National Medical Association,

  12. Zhang J, Li C, Xu J, Hu Z, Rutstein SE, Tucker JD, Ong JJ, Jiang Y, Geng W, Wright ST, Cohen MS, Shang H, Tang W. Discontinuation, suboptimal adherence, and reinitiation of oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: a global systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet HIV. 2022 Apr;9(4):e254-e268. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(22)00030-3. PMID: 35364026; PMCID: PMC9124596.

  13. Daaleman, CE., Wright, ST., and Daaleman, TP. "The effectiveness of occupational therapy for mental health disorders in primary care: A systematic review." British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2021): 03080226211058362.

  14. Carlson R, Towner Wright S. Essential Services of Clinical Librarians in Academic and Health Care Settings: A Cross-Sectional Study. Med Ref Serv Q. 2021 Apr-Jun;40(2):168-187. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2021.1912570. PMID: 33970819.

  15. Srinivasan, S., Won, N. Y., Dotson, W. D., Wright, S. T., & Roberts, M. C. Barriers and facilitators for cascade testing in genetic conditions: a systematic review. 2020.  European Journal of Human Genetics, 1-14.

  16. Dallman AR, Artis J, Watson L, Wright S. Systematic Review of Disparities and Differences in the Access and Use of Allied Health Services Amongst Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 18]. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020;10.1007/s10803-020-04608-y. doi:10.1007/s10803-020-04608-y

  17. Gan ZS, Ehlers ME, Lin FC, Wright ST, Figler BD, Coward RM. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cycling and Erectile Dysfunction [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 5]. Sex Med Review. 2020;S2050-0521(20)30003-2. doi:10.1016/j.sxmr.2020.01.002

  18. Sokol R, Austin A, Chandler C, Byrum E, Bousquette J, Lancaster C, Doss G, Dotson A, Urbaeva V, Singichetti B, Brevard K, Wright ST, Lanier P, Shanahan M.  Screening Children for Social Determinants of Health:  A Systematic Review. Pediatrics2019 Sep 23;doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-1622. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 31548335.

  19.   Harrop C,  Amsbary, Wright, Sarah Towner, Reichow B,  Boyd, BA.  That’s what I like: The use of circumscribed interests within interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. A systematic review.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 57, 2019, Pages 63-86,​​

  20. Mani NS, Ottosen T, Wright ST, McCall RC, Conklin JL, Adapa K.  Strategies for Integrating Technology as a Team Member.    N C Med J.  2018 Jul-Aug;79(4): 245-249.   doi:  10.18043/ncm.79.4.245. PubMed PMID:  29991618.

  21. Smid MC, Dotters-Katz SK, Grace M, Wright ST, Villers MS, Hardy-Fairbanks A, Stamilio DM.  Prophylactic Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Obese Women After Cesarean Delivery:  A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.  Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Nov;130(5):969-978. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002259. PubMed PMID: 29016508.

  22. Wood, William et al "Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivorship Curriculum in a University Setting."  Blood. 116:21 (2010):  4749.

  23. Meernik C, Jarman K, Wright ST, Klein EG, Goldstein AO, Ranney L. Eye Tracking Outcomes in Tobacco Control Regulation and Communication: A Systematic Review. Tobacco regulatory science. 2016; 2(4):377-403.

  24. Sheffield RC, Crawford P, Wright ST, King VJ. Clinical inquiries. What's the best treatment for cradle cap? The Journal of family practice. 2007; 56(3):232-3.

  25. Crotteau CA, Wright ST, Eglash A. Clinical inquiries. What is the best treatment for infants with colic? The Journal of family practice. 2006; 55(7):634-6.

  26. McPherson V, Wright ST, Bell AD. Clinical inquiries. What is the best treatment for gastroesophageal reflux and vomiting in infants? The Journal of family practice. 2005; 54(4):372-5.

  27. Zafar AB, Butler RC, Wright ST, Draghi E. Primary bacteremia and needleless safety devices. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 1999; 20(1):15.

  28. Zafar AB, Wright S. In-house versus contract management of environmental services: a matter of cost and quality. American journal of infection control. 1998; 26(5):539-40.

  29. Rural Health Services Funding: A Resource Guide.  Towner SR. Beltsville, MD: National Agricultural Library; 1995. 62p.

Presentations  (2015 to present)

  1. Mortera, M. H., Kim, S., Wen, P., Thompson, K. L., Lundgren, K., Reed, W. R., Sasson, N., Wright, S., Vora, A., Krishnan, S., Joseph, J., Heyn, P. C., & Chin, B. S.  (2023, March). International Brain Injury Association’s 14th World Congress on Brain Injury. The impact of complementary and integrative medicine following traumatic brain injury: A scoping review.

  2. Putnam, O, Markfield, J, Goldblu, J, Wright, S,et al.  The Use of Language ENvironment Analysis (LENA) in Autism Research:  A Systematic Review.  ASHA Convention, November 2022, New Orleans, LA.

  3. Banegas, M, Vigna, C, Towner Wright, S, Silvester J, Egberg, M.  Post-Operative Pharmacological Therapies for the Prevention of Surgical Recurrence in Children with Crohn's Disease:  A Systematic Review.  Digestive Disease Week, May 2022, San Diego, CA.  

  4. Uzonyi T, Lee H, Eck R, Anderson R, Wright ST, Landa R. Scoping Review of Behavioral Coding Measures used to Evaluate Parent Responsiveness of Children with Autism.  Biennial Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention(CRIEI), February, 2022, San Diego, CA.  

  5. Daaleman, CE, Wright, ST, Daaleman, TP (2020) The Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy for Mental Health Disorders in Primary Care:  A Systematic Review.    NAPCRG Annual Meeting.  Held Online. 
  6. Bush, A.A., Gross, A. & Wright, S. (2020, Apr 17-21) Scoping Review Exploring Racially Minoritized-Focused Literature in Health Professions Education Over the Past Decade [Roundtable Session].  AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled)
  7. "The Impact of Covidence on Systematic Review Projects:  Enabling Peak Performance for Researchers and Students".  Jamie L. Conklin, Sarah Towner Wright, Rebecca C. McCall, AHIP, Nandita S. Mani, Elizabeth Moreton, Jennifer S. Walker, and Mary White.  Oral Presentation at the Annual Medical Library Association Meeting, May, 2019, Chicago, IL.

  8. "Assessment and Comparison of Online Exam Preparation Resources Available at Academic Health Sciences Libraries".  Sarah Towner Wright and Karen Stanley Grigg.    Poster presented at the Annual Medical Library Association Meeting, May 2019, Chicago, IL.

  9.  "Integrative Group Medical Visits: A Narrative Review," Poster presented at APHA 2019, November 2019, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Isabel J. Roth, DrPH, MS, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, Arian Thompson-Lastad, PhD, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, A. Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN Memorial Primary Care, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Sarah Wright, MLS, University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC. 

  10.  "Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cycling and Erectile Dysfunction".  Poster presented at the 107th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Urological Association, April 2019, Nagoya, Japan.  

  11.  "That’s What I Like: The Use of Circumscribed Interests within Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A Systematic Review".  Poster presented at the 52nd Gaitlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2018.  

  12.  "Clinical Librarians and Their Essential Services in Academic and Health Care Settings:   A Comparative Study."  Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, Atlanta, GA, May 2018.  (Received 1st place Research Award from the Medical Library Association)   

  13.   "An Examination of Eye Tracking Outcomes in Tobacco Control Regulation and Communication: A Systematic Review."  Poster presented at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, August 2016.

  14.  "Without Face-to-Face Limits:  Using Online Modules to Expand Specialty Focused Residency EBM Instruction for the ACGME Milestone Project."  Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, Austin, TX, May 2015.

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