Jennifer Bissram, MSIS, MBA: Dental Librarian: About Jennifer

Librarian for Dentistry and Oncology

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Jennifer Bissram, MSIS, MBA
Health Sciences Library
335 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7585
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Office Hours

Personalized help is available by appointment for both online and in-person consultations.


Current Position

Jennifer is a Health Sciences Librarian and Liaison to the Adams School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Jennifer is the primary contact and provider of library support for the Adams School of Dentistry by collaborating with faculty to provide curriculum-integrated instruction in the area of evidence-based dentistry; conducting expert literature searches; and participating in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

She also provides specialized information services about cancer research and resources to the faculty, students, researchers, and staff from UNC's schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. 


Prior to joining UNC, Jennifer was research assistant professor and liaison to the College of Nursing at East Carolina University.  She has also served as a clinical informationist intern at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., and manager of the Medical Library at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla.


M.B.A., University of North Carolina - Greensboro

M.S.I.S, concentration in health informatics, University of North Texas

B.A., public affairs journalism, The Ohio State University

Publications & Presentations


Qin Y, Han L, Babbitt A, Walker JS, Liu F, Thirumurthy H, Tang W, Tucker JD. Experiences using and organizing HIV self-testing. AIDS 2018;32(3):371-381. doi:10.1097/QAD.0000000000001705. PubMed PMID: 29194120; PMCID: PMC5758403

Kowitt SD, Ellis KR, Carlisle V, ... Walker JS, Fisher EB. Peer support opportunities across the cancer care continuum: a systematic scoping review of recent peer-reviewed literature. Support. Care Cancer 2019;27(1):97-108. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4479-4. PubMed PMID: 30293093; PMCID: PMC6561346

Birken S, Clary A, Tabriz AA, Turner K, Meza R, Zizzi A, Larson M, Walker J, Charns M. Middle managers’ role in implementing evidence-based practices in healthcare: a systematic review. Implement. Sci. 2018;13(1):149. doi:10.1186/s13012-018-0843-5. PubMed PMID: 30541596; PMCID: PMC6292008

Vuong KT, Walker J, Powell HB, Thomas NE, Jonas DE, Adamson AS. Surgical re-excision vs. observation for histologically dysplastic naevi: a systematic review of associated clinical outcomes. Br. J. Dermatol. 2018;179(3):590-598. doi:10.1111/bjd.16557. PubMed PMID: 29570779

Pinheiro LC, McFatrich M, Lucas N, Walker JS, Withycombe JS, Hinds PS, Sung L, Tomlinson D, Freyer DR, Mack JW, Baker JN, Reeve BB. Child and adolescent self-report symptom measurement in pediatric oncology research: a systematic literature review. Qual Life Res. 2017 Sep 6. doi: 10.1007/s11136-017-1692-4. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 28879501, PMCID: PMC5823735

Yeo S, Walker JS, Caughey MC, Ferraro AM, Asafu-Adjei JK. What characteristics of nutrition and physical activity interventions are key to effectively reducing weight gain in obese or overweight pregnant women? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2017 Apr;18(4):385-399. doi: 10.1111/obr.12511. Epub 2017 Feb 8. Review. PubMed PMID: 28177566.

Harris BS, Bishop KC, Kemeny HR, Walker JS, Rhee E, Kuller JA. Risk Factors for Birth Defects. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2017 Feb;72(2):123-135. doi:10.1097/OGX.0000000000000405. Review. PubMed PMID: 28218773.

Samuel CA, Pinheiro LC, Reeder-Hayes KE, Walker JS, Corbie-Smith G, Fashaw SA, Woods-Giscombe C, Wheeler SB. To be young, Black, and living with breast cancer: a systematic review of health-related quality of life in young Black breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Nov;160(1):1-15. Epub 2016 Sep 6. Review. PubMed PMID: 27601138; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5111400.

Birken, SA, Ellis, SD, Walker, JS, DiMartino, LD, Check, DK, Gerstel, AA, & Mayer, DK (2015). Guidelines for the use of survivorship care plans: A systematic quality appraisal using the AGREE II instrument. Implementation Science : IS, 10(1), 63. doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0254-9


Moreton, EO, Conklin J, Ledbetter L, McCall RC, Walker JS (2017, October). From screaming to screening: An evaluation of free systematic review software. Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Staunton, VA

Posey, RE, Walker JS (2017, May). Quality of data downloads: Bibliographic databases frequently used for systematic reviews. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Posey RE, Walker JS, Crowell KE (2016, May). Knowing when to stop: Final results vs. work involved in systematic review database searching. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.

Brody ER, Walker JS (2015, October). Evaluating resources for cancer caregivers on cancer hospital websites. Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC.

Walker JS, Mayne LA, & Russell RG (2013, May).  One world - Online education: Integrating information literacy and research skills into an online, graduate nursing curriculum.   Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass.

Research Interests

systematic review searching, evidence-based practice, information literacy