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Judy M Spak, MLS

Head of Academic Research and Education

Contact Information

Judy M Spak, MLS

Mailing Address

  • Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

    333 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208014

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States


As Head of Academic Research and Education at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I provide expert research assistance and collaborate with faculty and learners on a broad range of topics. I am particularly interested in health professions education scholarship and the role of librarians in teaching and assessing the evidence-based information-seeking skills of trainees. I am also interested in healthcare and education topics related to the LGBTQIA+ population. I collaborate on evidence and knowledge syntheses projects by providing expert searching and methodological expertise. The Academic Research and Education team supports the Yale School of Medicine, the Physician Associate program, the Online Physician Assistant program, the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Nursing and provides exceptional research and education services to the health sciences community at Yale.

When not at work, I enjoy playing with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, watching hockey, and knitting.

Education & Training

  • MLS
    Southern Connecticut State University, Master of Library Science (1996)
  • BA
    Hofstra University, Humanities with New College Honors in the Humanities (1985)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Beta Phi MuInternational Library and Information Science Honor Society1996

Professional Service

International Association for Health Professions Education (AMEE)Member2023 - Present
YSM Yellow CollegeAffiliate2023 - Present
Medical EducationReviewer2023 - Present
Medical TeacherReviewer2023 - Present
BMC Medical EducationI have authored a paper in BMC Medical Education and served as a reviewer for several years. 2019 - Present
Academic MedicineReviewer2018 - Present
AAMC Group on Educational AffairsAbstract Reviewer2017 - Present
Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA)Abstract Reviewer2016 - Present
Morse CollegeServe as a Fellow of Morse College, Yale University. I am a College Advisor for first- and second-year undergraduate students.2015 - Present
Pre-Clerkship Review SubcommitteeCommittee Member2005 - Present
Clerkship Review SubcommitteeCommittee Member2005 - Present
Educational Policy and Curriculum CommitteeCommittee Member2001 - Present

Departments & Organizations