Health Assessment and Translation

Vickie R. Walker
Vickie R. Walker
Health Scientist
Tel 984-287-3205
Fax 301-480-3337
[email protected]
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K2-04
Durham, NC 27709

Vickie R. Walker is as a health scientist in the Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT) in the Integrative Health Assessment Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She has been actively involved in the methods development and harmonization of literature-based environmental health science assessments for over 14 years. Vickie leads the evidence informatics activities for the Integrative Health Assessment branch investigating, developing, and applying semi-automated technologies (e.g., machine learning, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence approaches) and interactive data visualization in the systematic review and systematic evidence mapping workflow. The integration of these methods has improved efficiency in the time and resources required and improved communication and exploration of the gathered data. Her expertise and areas of interest are focused on the early phases of the systematic review process- problem formulation, search and selection and data extraction with an overall objective to increase standardization of extracted knowledge and tools. Vickie's accomplishments have led to numerous invited speaker roles to present systematic review methods at the local and international level. Vickie currently serves as the Program Lead for the DTT Scientific Cyberinfrastructure Program Management Team.

Walker received her B.S. in biochemistry from North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC. Prior to joining the NTP, Vickie spent 20 years as a research scientist in the Division of Intramural Research program at NIEHS where she gained extensive training in environmental health, specifically reproductive and developmental toxicology. Research focused on investigating the mechanism and role of the estrogen receptor in development, reproduction, and carcinogenesis with an emphasis on the generation and study of transgenic and gene‐disruption animal models.

Selected Publications

  1. Taylor KW, Howdeshell KL, Bommarito PA, Sibrizzi CA, Blain RB, Magnuson K, Lemeris C, Tracy W, Baird DD, Jackson CL, Gaston SA, Rider CV, Walker VR, Rooney AA. 2023. Systematic evidence mapping informs a class-based approach to assessing personal care products and pubertal timing. Environ Int. 181:108307. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2023.108307. [Abstract]
  2. Singh A, Lawler CP, Walker VR, Pelch KE, Garton AE, Rooney AA, Haugen AC. 2023. Becoming aWARE: The Development of a Web-Based Tool for Autism Research and the Environment. J Xenobiot. 13(3):492-499. doi: 10.3390/jox13030031. [Abstract]
  3. Walker VR, Schmitt CP, Wolfe MS, Nowak AJ, Kulesza K, Williams AR, Shin R, Cohen J, Burch D, Stout MD, Shipkowski KA, Rooney AA. 2022. Evaluation of a semi-automated data extraction tool for public health literature-based reviews: Dextr. Environ Int. 159:107025. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.107025. [Abstract]
  4. Rayasam SDG, Aung MT, Cooper C, Kwiatkowski C, Germolec DR, Rooney AA, Walker VR, Forte C, Woodruff TJ, Chartres N. 2022. Identifying environmental factors that influence immune response to SARS-CoV-2: Systematic evidence map protocol. Environ Int. 164:107230. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2022.107230. [Abstract]
  5. Walker VR, and Rooney AA. 2021. Automated and Semi-Automated Approaches for Literature Searching, Screening, and Data Extraction for Systematic Reviews in Environmental Health. Toxicology Letters. 350 (2021/09/01/ 2021): S4. doi: 10.1016/S0378-4274(21)00239-3. [Abstract]
  6. Langendam MW, Magnuson K, Williams AR, Walker VR, Howdeshell KL, Rooney AA, Hooijmans CR. 2021. Developing a database of systematic reviews of animal studies. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 123:104940. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2021.104940. [Abstract]
  7. Drahomira H, Gunaratne C, Walker VR, Rooney AA, Patton R, Wolfe MS, and Schmitt CP. 2021. Weak Supervision for Scientific Document Relevance Tagging. 2021 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL): IEEE. doi: 10.1109/JCDL52503.2021.00060. [Abstract]
  8. Taylor KW, Wang Z, Walker VR, Rooney AA, Bero LA. 2020. Using interactive data visualization to facilitate user selection and comparison of risk of bias tools for observational studies of exposures. Environ Int. 142:105806. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105806. [Abstract]
  9. Boyd WA, Boyles AL, Blain RB, Skuce CR, Engstrom AK, Walker VR, Thayer KA, Rooney AA. 2020. NTP Research Report on the Scoping Review of Potential Human Health Effects Associated with Exposures to Neonicotinoid Pesticides: Research Report 15 [Internet]. National Toxicology Program. doi: 10.22427/NTP-RR-15. [Abstract]
  10. Wolffe TAM, Whaley P, Halsall C, Rooney AA, Walker VR. Systematic evidence maps as a novel tool to support evidence-based decision-making in chemicals policy and risk management. 2019. Environ Int. 130:104871. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.05.065. [Abstract]