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Elizabeth Dyer

Contact Beth for research help! She covers all subjects, and specializes in health sciences librarianship. Library liaison for the College of Pharmacy, Westbrook College of Health Professions programs in Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant. 





University of South Carolina


Cornell University


Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), Senior Member

Medical Library Association


health sciences librarianship

faculty-librarian collaboration teaching evidence-based practice

research support

systematic reviews


Current Research

Using virtual reality to teach empathy

Selected Publications


Dyer E, Swartzlander BJ, Gugliucci MR. Using virtual reality in medical education to teach empathy. J Med Libr Assoc. 2018;106(4):498–500. doi:10.5195/jmla.2018.518


Riley SP, Swanson BT, Brismée JM, Sawyer SF, Dyer EJ. Low reproducibility of randomized clinical trials methodology related to sampling: a systematic methodological review. J Man Manip Ther. 2019;27(5):258–266. doi:10.1080/10669817.2019.1587134


Riley SP, Swanson BT, Dyer E. Are movement-based classification systems more effective than therapeutic exercise or guideline based care in improving outcomes for patients with chronic low back pain? A systematic review. J Man Manip Ther. 2019;27(1):5–14. doi:10.1080/10669817.2018.1532693


Strout KA, David DJ, Dyer EJ, Gray RC, Robnett RH, Howard EP.  Behavioral interventions in six dimensions of wellness that protect the cognitive health of community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016; 64(5):944-958.

Funded Grants

Swartzlander B [Principal Investigator], Dyer E, Gugliucci, MR. Empathy Learned through an Extended Medical Education Virtual Reality Project. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Cooperative Agreement UG4LM012347-01 with the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA, May 2019-April 2020. (Fourth consecutive year)

Research Topics

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Elizabeth Dyer


M.L.I.S., A.H.I.P.

Associate Dean of Library Services

Research and Teaching Librarian

Portland Campus

Abplanalp Library
Reference Office

(207) 221-4333

On Campus