Contact Information
1121 W Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
Phone: (317)274-5460
Thankam Paul Thyvalikakath, DMD, MDS, PhD 
Primary Appointment: 
Associate Professor, Dental Informatics/Restorative Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry, IUPUI
Peer-reviewed Publications:
I am a dentist with advanced degrees in oral & maxillofacial surgery, biomedical informatics, and clinical research. I have been involved primarily in human-computer interaction and decision-making studies pertaining to dentistry. I am the recipient of two career development grants from the National Institutes of Health. These grants focused on developing an improved interface for electronic dental records and evaluating a risk assessment tool for periodontal disease. These projects established foundational knowledge on applying user-centered design and cognitive engineering methods to design and evaluate clinical systems in dentistry. My core research interests are in developing interventions that promote multidisciplinary care across care settings and translating best evidence at the point of care to improve patient outcomes.
Research/Scholarship Interests
1. User Centered Design of Clinical Information Systems; 2. Cognitive Task Analysis During Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry; 3. Identifying High-risk Population for Chronic Oral Diseases Using Clinical Data; 4. Development and Evaluation of a Standard Information Model for Electronic Dental Charting; Computer Systems; data display; Database Management Systems; Decision Support Systems, Management; Dental Care for Chronically Ill; Dental Informatics; Dental Records; Dental Research; Dentistry; Education, Dental, Continuing; Electronic Health Records; Facial Bones; Imaging, Three-Dimensional; Informatics; Medical Records Systems, Computerized; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Practice Management, Dental; Software Design; Software Validation; Systems Integration; User-Computer Interface
(Legend: Current Major/ Current Minor, Non-current Major/ Non-current Minor )

Education & Training
B.D.S.Trivandrum Dental College, University of Kerala
M.D.S.Oral & Maxillofacial SurgeryCalicut Dental College, University of Calicut, India
MSBiomedical InformaticsCenter for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh
DMDSchool of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
 Certificate in Clinical ResearchInstitute for Clinical Research Education, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
PhDBiomedical InformaticsSchool of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Academic Appointments
2013 - present
Associate Professor, Dental Informatics/Restorative Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry, IUPUI
2008 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2006 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Dental Informatics, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2006 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Public Health and Information Management, School of Dental Medicine
2006 - present
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2005 - 2006
Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Dental Informatics,, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2003 - 2005
Postdoctoral fellow (NLM/NIDCR), Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Certification & Licenses
Medical or Other Professional Licensure
2013 - present
Indiana State Board of Dentistry
2010 - present
Pennsylvania State Dental Licensing Board

Honors & Awards
2005 - 2009
Clinical Research Scholar, NIH Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program, University of Pittsburgh

Grants & Contracts
2010 - 2012
NIDCR 1R211DE019683-01A2
A standard information model for general dental records
Role: Co-Investigator
2010 - 2013
NIDCR 1 R21 DE021178-01
Data extraction using EDR in dental PBRN
Role: Co-Investigator
2009 - 2013
NIDCR 1K08DE018957-01A2
Implementation and Evaluation of a Risk Assessment Tool for Periodontal Disease
Role: PI (sole)
2007 - 2009
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 1R21DE018548-01
A Controlled Terminology for Diagnosis and Findings in General Dentistry
Role: Co-Investigator
2005 - 2009
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) 1KL2 RR024154-02
Development and evaluation of a multimodal user interface in clinical dentistry
Role: PI/Clinical Research Scholar

Service Activities
2013 - 2014
Chair, American Dental Educators Association
2013 - present
CDE Planner for AMIA Annual Meeting
2012 - 2013
Chair-elect, American Dental Educators Association
2012 - 2013
Member, AMIA
2012 - 2014
Co-Chair, AMIA Dental Informatics Work Group
2011 - 2012
Secretary, American Dental Educators Association
2011 - 2012
Co-Chair elect, AMIA Dental Informatics Work Group
2006 - 2009
Member, Digital Record Implementation Subcommittee

Selected Publications
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Mago A, Thyvalikakath TP. Impact of mood disorders on oral health-care utilization among middle-aged and older adults. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2014 Oct;42(5):451-9. PMID:24684143. doi:10.1111/cdoe.12102.
Thyvalikakath TP, Dziabiak MP, Johnson R, Torres-Urquidy MH, Acharya A, Yabes J, Schleyer TK. Advancing cognitive engineering methods to support user interface design for electronic health records. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2014 Apr;83(4):292-302. PMID:24503391. PMCID:PMC3977320. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.01.007.
Rush WA, Schleyer TK, Kirshner M, Boyle R, Thoele MJ, Lenton PA, Asche S, Thyvalikakath T, Spallek H, Durand EC, Enstad CJ, Huntley CL, Rindal DB. Integrating tobacco dependence counseling into electronic dental records: a multi-method approach. Journal of Dental Education. 2014 Jan;78(1):31-9. PMID:24385522.
Acharya A, Hernandez P, Thyvalikakath T, Ye H, Song M, Schleyer T. Development and initial validation of a content taxonomy for patient records in general dentistry. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2013 Dec;82(12):1171-82. PMID:23838618. PMCID:PMC3840041. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.06.007.
Rindal DB, Rush WA, Schleyer TK, Kirshner M, Boyle RG, Thoele MJ, Asche SE, Thyvalikakath T, Spallek H, Durand EC, Enstad CJ, Huntley CL. Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013 Mar;44(3):260-4. PMID:23415123. PMCID:PMC3579569. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2012.10.023.
Schleyer TK, Ruttenberg A, Duncan W, Haendel M, Torniai C, Acharya A, Song M, Thyvalikakath TP, Liu K, Hernandez P. An ontology-based method for secondary use of electronic dental record data. AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science Proceedings AMIA Summit on Translational Science. 2013;2013:234-8. PMID:24303273. PMCID:PMC3845770.
Schleyer T, Thyvalikakath TP. Alert fatigue. J Am Dent Assoc Apr 2012; 143(4): 332-3; author reply 333-4
Schleyer TK, Thyvalikakath TP, Spallek H, Dziabiak MP, Johnson LA. From information technology to informatics: the information revolution in dental education. Journal of dental education. 2012 Jan;76(1):142-53. PMID:22262557.
Schleyer T, Thyvalikakath TP. Transitioning from paper to electronic records: A process guide. MetLife Quality Resource Guide; 2011 May. (Invited)
Schleyer TK, Thyvalikakath T, Smailagic A. Informatics innovation in clinical care: A visionary scenario for dentistry. electronic Journal of Health Informatics. 2011;6(4):1-9.