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

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

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6.   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,​​

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

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


  1. 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. 
  2. 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)

  3. "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.

  4. "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.

  5.  "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. 

  6.  "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.  

  7.  "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.  

  8.  "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)   

  9.   "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.

  10.  "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.

  11. “A Novel Approach to Pediatric Resident Education is Associated with Higher In-training Exam Scores” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 2007.  (Received 3rd place Research Award from the Medical Library Association)

  12. "Developing an Educational and Administrative Web Site for a Pediatrics Department” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2004.

  13. "A New Fish in the Sea: A Clinical Librarian in a Pediatrics Department” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, San Diego, California, May 2003.

  14. "MLA Benchmarking Initiative" Poster Session presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Roanoke, VA, October 2000.

  15. "A New Approach to Information Literacy Training for Residents” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Conference, Kansas City, KS, June 1996.

  16. "At the Crossroads of a Medical Center’s Information Needs” Poster Session presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Richmond, VA, October 1996.