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Jennifer Bissram, MSIS, MBA: Dental Librarian

Librarian for Dentistry

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Elizabeth Moreton, MLS
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Health Sciences Library
335 S. Columbia St. CB 7585
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

(919) 966-0952

Office Hours

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

Research Interests

systematic review searching, evidence-based practice, information literacy


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

(also published under Jennifer Walker)

Hirschey R, Nance J, Hoover R, Triglianos T, Coffman E, Horrell LN, Walker J, Leak Bryant A, Valle C. Physical activity: A systematic review to inform nurse recommendations during treatment for colorectal cancer. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2021;25(6):697-705. doi:10.1188/21.CJON.697-705

Wang M, Wang M, Yu F, Yang Y, Walker J, Mostafa J. A systematic review of automatic text summarization for biomedical literature and EHRs. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021;28(10):2287-2297. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocab143

Nolan TS, Bell AM, Chan Y-N, Leak Bryant A, Bissram JS, Hirschey R. Use of video education interventions to increase racial and ethnic diversity in cancer clinical trials: A systematic review. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2021;18(5):302-309. doi:10.1111/wvn.12539

Schvaneveldt N, Stone SM, Brody ER, Clairoux N, Lubker IM, Nevius AM, Porcello L, Bissram JS. Aligning Information Literacy and Evidence-Based Dentistry Concepts in a Rubric to Improve Dental Education. Med Ref Serv Q. 2021;40(2):236-248. doi:10.1080/02763869.2021.1912580

Stover AM, Kurtzman R, Walker Bissram J, Jansen J, Carr P, Atkinson T, Ellis CT, Freeman AT, Turner K, Basch EM. Stakeholder Perceptions of Key Aspects of High-Quality Cancer Care to Assess with Patient Reported Outcome Measures: A Systematic Review. Cancers (Basel). 2021;13(14). doi:10.3390/cancers13143628

Adapa K, Jain S, Kanwar R, Zaman T, Taneja T, Walker J, Mazur L. Augmented reality in patient education and health literacy: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2020;10(9):e038416. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038416

Kpokiri EE, Marley G, Tang W, Fongwen N, Wu D, Berendes S, Ambil B, Loveday S-J, Sampath R, Walker JS, Matovu JKB, Boehme C, Pai NP, Tucker JD. Diagnostic Infectious Diseases Testing Outside Clinics: A Global Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020;7(10):ofaa360. doi:10.1093/ofid/ofaa360

Kim HP, Lieber SR, Rogers ME, Moon AM, Loiselle M, Walker J, Assis DN, Safer R, Gomel R, Evon DM. A Systematic Review of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Biliary Cholangitis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Hepatol Commun. 2020;4(10):1502-1515. doi:10.1002/hep4.1567

Xing Z, Yu F, Qanir YAM, Guan T, Walker J, Song L. Intelligent Conversational Agents in Patient Self-Management: A Systematic Survey Using Multi Data Sources. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019;264:1813-1814. doi:10.3233/SHTI190661

Wu D, Ong JJ, Tang W, Ritchwood TD, Walker JS, Iwelunmor J, Tucker JD. Crowdsourcing methods to enhance HIV and sexual health services: A scoping review and qualitative synthesis. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019;82 Suppl 3:S271-S278. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000002193

Samuel CA, Mbah OM, Elkins W, Pinheiro LC, Szymeczek MA, Padilla N, Walker JS, Corbie-Smith G. Calidad de Vida: a systematic review of quality of life in Latino cancer survivors in the USA. Qual Life Res. 2020;29(10):2615-2630. doi:10.1007/s11136-020-02527-0

Hirschey R, Bryant AL, Walker JS, Nolan TS. Systematic review of video education in underrepresented minority cancer survivors. Cancer Nurs. Published online May 25, 2020. doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000829

Karasneh J, Christoforou J, Walker JS, Manfredi M, Dave B, Diz Dios P, Lockhart PB, Patton LL. World Workshop on Oral Medicine VII: Platelet count and platelet transfusion for invasive dental procedures in thrombocytopenic patients: A systematic review. Oral Dis. 2019;25 Suppl 1:174-181. doi:10.1111/odi.13082

Christoforou J, Karasneh J, Manfredi M, Dave B, Walker JS, Dios PD, Epstein J, Kumar N, Glick M, Lockhart PB, Patton LL. World Workshop on Oral Medicine VII: Non-opioid pain management of head and neck chemo/radiation-induced mucositis: A systematic review. Oral Dis. 2019;25 Suppl 1:182-192. doi:10.1111/odi.13074

Xing Z, Yu F, Du J, Walker JS, Paulson CB, Mani NS, Song L. Conversational interfaces for health: bibliometric analysis of grants, publications, and patents. J Med Internet Res. 2019;21(11):e14672. doi:10.2196/14672

Tang W, Mao J, Li KT, Walker JS, Chou R, Fu R, Chen W, Darville T, Klausner J, Tucker JD. Pregnancy and fertility-related adverse outcomes associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infection: a global systematic review and meta-analysis. Sex Transm Infect. Published online December 13, 2019. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2019-053999

Wang C, Han L, Stein G, Day S, Bien-Gund C, Mathews A, Ong JJ, Zhao P-Z, Wei S-F, Walker J, Chou R, Lee A, Chen A, Bayus B, Tucker JD. Crowdsourcing in health and medical research: a systematic review. Infect Dis Poverty. 2020;9(1):8. doi:10.1186/s40249-020-0622-9

Hirschey R, Bryant AL, Macek C, Battaglini C, Santacroce S, Courneya KS, Walker JS, Avishai A, Sheeran P. Predicting physical activity among cancer survivors: Meta-analytic path modeling of longitudinal studies. Health Psychol. 2020;39(4):269-280. doi:10.1037/hea0000845. PubMed PMID:32011152; PMCID: PMC7203971

Graybill LA, Kasaro M, Freeborn K, Walker JS, Poole C, Powers KA, Mollan KR, Rosenberg NE, Vermund SH, Mutale W, Chi BH. Incident HIV among pregnant and breast-feeding women in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS. 2020;34(5):761-776. doi:10.1097/QAD.0000000000002487. PMID:32167990; PMCID: PMC7275092

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.

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