Professor Heiko Spallek

PhD, DMD, MSBA
Professor, Acting Head of School and Dean, Sydney Dental School

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

C24 - Westmead Hospital
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 439 320 490

Website University of Pittsburgh
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Biographical details

Professor Heiko Spallek serves as Acting Head of School and Dean at The University of Sydney School of Dentistry where he works closely with the Faculty of Medicine and Health's leadership to promote a cross-health profession and a shared understanding, including negotiations with New South Wales Health and Local Health Districts, to establish joint appointments to share teaching, research and clinical service.

Prior to joining The University of Sydney, Professor Spallek served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine where he co-founded, and lead as Executive Director, the Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research. At the University of Pittsburgh, he still holds adjunct appointments in the Dental Public Health Department (School of Dental Medicine), in the Department for Biomedical Informatics (School of Medicine) and in the School of Information Sciences. In 1993, Professor Spallek graduated from the School of Dentistry, Humboldt University Berlin where he continued his career and was appointed as a faculty in the Department of Periodontology and also received his PhD in the field of dental material sciences. While being faculty at Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, he earned an MSBA with a concentration in Computer and Information Science from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple in 2000. Professor Spallek is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute. He was elected as board member of the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics (COHRI). He served as the sole representative of the American Association for Dental Research on the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee on Dental Informatics and served as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Knowledge Management. Professor Spallek was councillor of the Dental Informatics Section of the American Dental Education Association.

Research interests

Professor Spallek’s research has as its focus the development of educational resources for dental professionals and the creation of online communities—he published more than 60peer-reviewed papers and a textbook for Dental Informatics that has been published in Germany and in the US. His projects have a foundation in the fields of education, usability engineering, medical and dental informatics and computer science. He served as the representative of the American Association for Dental Research on the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) and is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Collaboration for Health IT.

Adoption of Evidence-Based Medicine: Professor Spallek served as PI of several NIH-supported research projects aiming to improve the adoption of Evidence-Based Dentistry, such as "A Clinic-Randomized Trial of a Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Dental Provider Delivery of Brief Tobacco Interventions and Quitline Referrals". In September 2015, Professor Spallek received as principal investigator a US$900,000 federal contract from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse to develop a “Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care.”

Using Health Information Technology (HIT) to connect oral and systemic health: Professor Spallek’s informatics research has always been related to improving the translation of research findings from “bench to bedside.” Specifically, he focussed on the lack of connection between dental and medical Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, depriving dentists from the rich information stored in medical records and physicians from learning about the oral health status of their patients. This lack of interoperability has been recognized as a deficit of the EHR revolution of the past decades. The long-term goal of his research is to promote the meaningful integration of information derived from medical EHRs into dental EHRs to provide point-of-care clinical decision support. His current research helps to understand what dental providers need to know from the medical EHR and vice versa, how data science can derive knowledge from leveraging the power of Big Data by combining medical and dental EHR data, and how deploying dental EHRs can change the culture of dental delivery systems.

Social Networking:Professor Spallek is interested in the use of social media among healthcare professionals and researchers investigating topics ranging from e-professionalism to online community building. Funded by the US National Library of Medicine, he has established the Dental Informatics Online Community (DIOC) —an open, worldwide community for dental informatics research. Currently, DIOC has more than 1,600 members interested in dental medicine, informatics, and research. The online community connects people and promotes sharing of ideas, problems, and research opportunities. Moreover, DIOC offers a repository of research papers and resources. DIOC Website:http://www.dentalinformatics.org/NIH RePORTER:http://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=7409614

Teaching and supervision

Professor Spallek is strongly vested in the SoTL exemplified by activities ranging from the creation of instructional videos, peer-reviewed MedEdPORTAL contributions, learning outcomes assessments to mentoring other faculty in the SoTL. He collaborated with Dr. Weiner, proposing a federal contract to use virtual cases for Interprofessional Education. The NIH Pain Consortium selected the proposal among only 11 other health professional schools across the nation and designated the University of Pittsburgh Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE). As Co-Director of the Center, he facilitated the collaboration of 21 interdisciplinary faculty members from six health sciences schools at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago. The six interprofessional, web-based educational modules developed for this project reach nearly 700 new students each year. The module Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults has been shown to improve the performance of medical students in OSCEs: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12871/abstract

NIH featured these outcomes in a press release www.nih.gov/news/health/may2014/nida-21.htm
CoEPE Website:http://www.dental.pitt.edu/center-excellence-pain-education-coepe

Current projects

In September 2016, he received as PI (MPI) a 4-year NIH research grant (1U01DE026135-01) titled "A Clinic-Randomized Trial of a Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Dental Provider Delivery of Brief Tobacco Interventions and Quitline Referrals" for with a total direct award amount of $2,488,348.

Associations

American Medical Informatics Association

American Dental Education Association

International Medical Informatics Association's Working Group 11, Dental Informatics

National Association for Photoshop Professionals

Associate Member of the American Dental Association

BioCommunications Association

American Association for Dental Research

American Association of Medical Colleges, Group on Information Systems

Fellowship in the American College of Dentists

Australian Dental Association

Fellowship in the International College of Dentists

Awards and honours

Professor Spallek has received two University of Pittsburgh Innovation in Education Awards (2003, 2008): “Adaptive hypermedia to introduce tissue engineering to dental, medical and engineering students” tried to integrate basic science topics in the clinical curriculum to increase understanding of clinical diagnostic and therapeutic decisions and to promote critical thinking. “Quantitative Image Analysis using Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Extended” developed and online course for quantitative image analysis that provides just-in-time teaching and best practice resources for the measurement and analysis of images featuring step-by-step video tutorials covering the use of various measurement and analysis tools.

In the media

Putting technology at the heart of health care. In conversation with Professor Heiko Spallek. Featured article. New South Wales Dentist, May 2018

Makeham M (Chief Medical Adviser, The Australian Digital Health Agency), Spallek H: Australian Patients in the Driver’s Seat for Personally Controlled Health Record. American Dental Education Association, DI Newsletter Feb 2018. 4-5

Spallek H. Harnessing the power of data to underpin clinical practice. New South Wales Dentist, July 2016. 20-21

ADA News Bulletin June 2016, No. 454 - Opening Doors - Upskilling: don't underestimate its importance (commentary).

Spallek H. Converting Data Cemeteries into Sources of Knowledge: is Dentistry a Computable industry? Journal of the Academy of Distinguished Educators (JADE). Winter 2016, 20-24

Spallek H. Senate Matters: Smile! On-campus dental care. University Times (University of Pittsburgh). 3/22/2012. Available online:http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=20423

Keywords

Evidence Based Dentistry; Instructional technology; Dental Informatics; Big Data; Clinical trials

International links

Germany

(University of Bonn) Implementing interoperability of electronic health records for dentists and physicians

United States

(HealthPartners Institute, Minneapolis) A Clinic-Randomized Trial of a Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Dental Provider Delivery of Brief Tobacco Interventions and Quitline Referrals

United States

(University of Michigan) Development of a cloud-based electronic health record for dentistry

United States

(University of Pittsburgh) Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care

Selected grants

2018

  • Team-teaching and Interprofessional learning: building interdisciplinary engagement and capacity; Burgess A, Haq I, Bleasel J, Keay K, Randal N, Kalman E, Roberts C, Herkes S, Frommer D, Hinton T, Schneider C, River J, Nisbet G, Spallek H; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2017

  • Shaping policy to end tooth decay in Aboriginal children.; Spallek H, Dimitropoulos Y, Gwynne K, Irving M, Naoum S, Skinner J; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.

2016

  • A Clinic-Randomized Trial of a Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Dental Provider Delivery of Brief Tobacco Interventions and Quitline Referrals; Spallek H; National Institutes of Health (USA)/Research Grant.
  • A Clinic-Randomized Trial of a Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Dental Provider Delivery of Brief Tobacco Interventions and Quitline Referrals; Rindal D, Spallek H, Asche S, Kottke T, Jurkovich M, Ziegenfuss J, Romito L, Bekhuis T, O'Donnell J, Thyvalikakath T; National Institutes of Health (USA)/Research Grant.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care; Spallek H; National Institutes of Health (USA)/Research Support.
  • Development of the University of Sydney interprofessional student-led health clinic model; Schneider C, Bleasel J, Bloomfield J, Cook D, Fairbrother M, Gunton J, Haq I, Lane A, McKenzie H, Nisbet G, Phelps M, Rangan A, Rohrlach B, Smith L, Spallek H, Usherwood T; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Design and implementation of a curricular framework and assessment to promote the enhancement of the Ethical, Social and Professional Understanding of the Sydney graduate. A pilot for a university-wide approach in the Dental Faculty; Holden A, Spallek H, Dawson A, Mathieu Coulton K, Eberhard J, Koulias M, Hendry G; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care; Spallek H; National Institute on Drug Abuse (USA)/Research Grant.
  • Minding GOALS: An Internet-Assisted Mind-Body- Behavior Program for Blood Pressure Control; Spallek H; National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (USA)/Research Grant.

2014

  • Computer Assisted Tobacco Intervention for Dental Providers; Spallek H; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (USA)/Research Grant.

2012

  • Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care; Spallek H; NIH Pain Consortium/Research Grant.

2011

  • Implementing Research Findings and Evidence-based Interventions into Real-World Dental Practice Settings; Spallek H; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (USA)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Brunner, M., McGregor, D., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Spallek, H., Quinn, D., Jones, A., Tseris, E., Yeung, W., Togher, L., Shaw, T., et al (2018). An eHealth capabilities framework for graduates and health professionals: Mixed-methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 20(5), e10229. [More Information]
  • Holden, A., Spallek, H. (2018). How compliant are dental practice Facebook pages with Australian health care advertising regulations? A Netnographic review. Australian Dental Journal, 63(1), 109-117. [More Information]
  • Holden, A., Spallek, H. (2018). Looking Gift-horses in the Mouth: Gift-giving, Incentives and Conflict of Interest in the Dental Profession. Journal of Law and Medicine, 25(3), 794-799.
  • Spallek, H., Nanayakkara, S., Zhou, X., Weinberg, S., Manz, M., Johnson, L. (2018). Perceptions and Attitudes toward Data Sharing among Dental Researchers. JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 20(10), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Holden, A., Jean, G., Tennant, M., Spallek, H. (2018). Professionalism by proxy: a case for the formal regulation of dental assistants in Australia. British Dental Journal, 225(6), 482-486. [More Information]
  • Kalenderian, E., Ramoni, R., Spallek, H., White, J., Walji, M. (2018). Quality measures everywhere: The case for parsimony. Journal of the American Dental Association, 149(4), 322-326. [More Information]
  • Irving, M., Stewart, R., Spallek, H., Blinkhorn, A. (2018). Using teledentistry in clinical practice as an enabler to improve access to clinical care: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 24(3), 129-146. [More Information]
  • Obadan-Udo, E., Simon, L., Etolue, J., Tokede, O., White, J., Spallek, H., Walji, M., Kalenderian, E. (2017). Dental Providers' Perspectives on Diagnosis-Driven Dentistry: Strategies to Enhance Adoption of Dental Diagnostic Terminology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(7), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Kalenderian, E., Halamka, J., Spallek, H. (2016). An EHR with teeth. Applied Clinical Informatics, 7(2), 425-429. [More Information]
  • Spallek, H. (2016). Converting Data Cemeteries into Sources of Knowledge: Is Dentistry a Computable Industry? Journal of the Academy of Distinguished Educators (JADE), 4(1), 20-24.
  • Straub-Morarend, C., Wankiiri-Hale, C., Blanchette, D., Lanning, S., Bekhuis, T., Smith, B., Brodie, A., Oliveira, D., Handysides, R., Dawson, D., Spallek, H. (2016). Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behavior: A Multi-Institutional, Cross-Sectional Study of a Population of U.S. Dental Students. Journal of Dental Education, 80(4), 430-438.
  • Spallek, H., Turner, S., Donate-Bartfield, E., Chambers, D., McAndrew, M., Zarkowski, P., Karimbux, N. (2015). Social media in the dental school environment, part A: Benefits, challenges, and recommendations for use. Journal of Dental Education, 79(10), 1140-1152.
  • Spallek, H., Turner, S., Donate-Bartfield, E., Chambers, D., McAndrew, M., Zarkowski, P., Karimbux, N. (2015). Social media in the dental school environment, part B: Curricular considerations. Journal of Dental Education, 79(10), 1153-1166.
  • Spallek, H., Johnson, L., Kerr, J., Rankin, D. (2014). Costs of health IT: Beginning to understand the financial impact of a dental school EHR. Journal of Dental Education, 78(11), 1542-1551.
  • Weiner, D., Morone, N., Spallek, H., Karp, J., Schneider, M., Washburn, C., Dziabiak, M., Hennon, J., Elnicki, D. (2014). E-learning module on chronic low back pain in older adults: Evidence of effect on medical student objective structured clinical examination performance. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(6), 1161-1167. [More Information]
  • Rush, W., Schleyer, T., Kirshner, M., Boyle, R., Thoele, M., Lenton, P., Asche, S., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Durand, E., et al (2014). Integrating tobacco dependence counseling into electronic dental records: A multi-method approach. Journal of Dental Education, 78(1), 31-39.
  • Spallek, H., von Bergmann, H. (2014). Should laptops be allowed in the classroom? Two viewpoints. Journal of Dental Education, 78(12), 1580-1588.
  • Stein, C., Eisenberg, E., O'Donnell, J., Spallek, H. (2014). What dental educators need to understand about emerging technologies to incorporate them effectively into the educational process. Journal of Dental Education, 78(4), 520-529.
  • Song, M., O'Donnell, J., Bekhuis, T., Spallek, H. (2013). Are dentists interested in the oral-systemic disease connection? A qualitative study of an online community of 450 practitioners. BMC Oral Health, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, J., Modesto, A., Oakley, M., Valappil, B., Spallek, H., Polk, D. (2013). Authors' response. Journal of the American Dental Association, 144(7), 768-770.
  • Oakley, M., Horvath, Z., Weinberg, S., Bhatt, J., Spallek, H. (2013). Comparison of E-Mail Communication Skills Among First- and Fourth-Year Dental Students. Journal of Dental Education, 77(11), 1413-1424.
  • Rindal, D., Rush, W., Schleyer, T., Kirshner, M., Boyle, R., Thoele, M., Asche, S., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Durand, E., et al (2013). Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(3), 260-264. [More Information]
  • Horvath, Z., O'Donnell, J., Johnson, L., Karimbux, N., Shuler, C., Spallek, H. (2013). Use of lecture recordings in dental education: Assessment of status quo and recommendations. Journal of Dental Education, 77(11), 1431-1442.
  • Schleyer, T., Butler, B., Song, M., Spallek, H. (2012). Conceptualizing and advancing research networking systems. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 19(1), 1-26. [More Information]
  • Schleyer, T., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Dziabiak, M., Johnson, L. (2012). From information technology to informatics: The information revolution in dental education. Journal of Dental Education, 76(1), 142-153.
  • Oakley, M., Spallek, H. (2012). Social media in dental education: A call for research and action. Journal of Dental Education, 76(3), 279-287.
  • Sharma, N., Butler, B., Irwin, J., Spallek, H. (2011). Emphasizing social features in information portals: Effects on new member engagement. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(11), 2106-2120. [More Information]
  • Irwin, J., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Wali, T., Kerr, A., Schleyer, T. (2011). English and Spanish oral cancer information on the internet: A pilot surface quality and content evaluation of oral cancer Web sites. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 71(2), 106-116. [More Information]
  • Brodie, A., Crow, H., Eber, R., Handysides, R., Holexa, R., Kiat-amnuay, S., Spallek, H. (2011). Evaluating postdoctoral dental candidates: Assessing the need and recommendations for a national qualifying examination. Journal of Dental Education, 75(6), 719-725.
  • Irwin, J., Schleyer, T., Spallek, H. (2011). The dental informatics online community. Bioinformation, 5(7), 307-309.
  • Bekhuis, T., Kreinacke, M., Spallek, H., Song, M., O'Donnell, J. (2011). Using natural language processing to enable in-depth analysis of clinical messages posted to an Internet mailing list: a feasibility study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(4), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Spallek, H., Song, M., Polk, D., Bekhuis, T., Frantsve-Hawley, J., Aravamudhan, K. (2010). Barriers to implementing evidence-based clinical guidelines: A survey of early adopters. Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, 10(4), 195-206. [More Information]
  • Song, M., Spallek, H., Polk, D., Schleyer, T., Wali, T. (2010). How information systems should support the information needs of general dentists in clinical settings: Suggestions from a qualitative study. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 10(1). [More Information]
  • Spallek, H., O'Donnell, J., Clayton, M., Anderson, P., Krueger, A. (2010). Paradigm shift or annoying distraction: Emerging implications of Web 2.0 for clinical practice. Applied Clinical Informatics, 1(2), 96-115. [More Information]
  • Spallek, H., O'Donnell, J., Yoo, Y. (2010). Preparing faculty members for significant curricular revisions in a school of dental medicine. Journal of Dental Education, 74(3), 275-288.
  • Schleyer, T., Spallek, H., Butler, B., Subramanian, S., Weiss, D., Poythress, M., Rattanathikun, P., Mueller, G. (2008). Facebook for scientists: Requirements and services for optimizing how scientific collaborations are established. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10(3). [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, J., Modesto, A., Oakley, M., Polk, D., Valappil, B., Spallek, H. (2008). Sealants and dental caries: insight into dentists' behaviors regarding implementation of clinical practice recommendations. Journal of the American Dental Association, 144(4), e24-e30.
  • Spallek, H., Butler, B., Schleyer, T., Weiss, P., Wang, X., Thyvalikakath, T., Hatala, C., Naderi, R. (2008). Supporting emerging disciplines with e-communities: needs and benefits. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10(2). [More Information]

Conferences

  • Butler, B., Sharma, N., Irwin, J., Spallek, H. (2010). "You Are Not Alone": Effects of Highlighting Social Aspects on Responsiveness, Joining, and Profile Information Sharing in an Information Portal. Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Silver Spring: Association for Information Science and Technology. [More Information]
  • Bekhuis, T., Kreinacke, M., Spallek, H., Song, M. (2010). Using the Natural Language Toolkit to Reduce the Number of Messages for In-depth Content Analyses: A Case Study. American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium 2010, Bethesda: American Medical Informatics Association.

2018

  • Brunner, M., McGregor, D., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Spallek, H., Quinn, D., Jones, A., Tseris, E., Yeung, W., Togher, L., Shaw, T., et al (2018). An eHealth capabilities framework for graduates and health professionals: Mixed-methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 20(5), e10229. [More Information]
  • Holden, A., Spallek, H. (2018). How compliant are dental practice Facebook pages with Australian health care advertising regulations? A Netnographic review. Australian Dental Journal, 63(1), 109-117. [More Information]
  • Holden, A., Spallek, H. (2018). Looking Gift-horses in the Mouth: Gift-giving, Incentives and Conflict of Interest in the Dental Profession. Journal of Law and Medicine, 25(3), 794-799.
  • Spallek, H., Nanayakkara, S., Zhou, X., Weinberg, S., Manz, M., Johnson, L. (2018). Perceptions and Attitudes toward Data Sharing among Dental Researchers. JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 20(10), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Holden, A., Jean, G., Tennant, M., Spallek, H. (2018). Professionalism by proxy: a case for the formal regulation of dental assistants in Australia. British Dental Journal, 225(6), 482-486. [More Information]
  • Kalenderian, E., Ramoni, R., Spallek, H., White, J., Walji, M. (2018). Quality measures everywhere: The case for parsimony. Journal of the American Dental Association, 149(4), 322-326. [More Information]
  • Irving, M., Stewart, R., Spallek, H., Blinkhorn, A. (2018). Using teledentistry in clinical practice as an enabler to improve access to clinical care: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 24(3), 129-146. [More Information]

2017

  • Obadan-Udo, E., Simon, L., Etolue, J., Tokede, O., White, J., Spallek, H., Walji, M., Kalenderian, E. (2017). Dental Providers' Perspectives on Diagnosis-Driven Dentistry: Strategies to Enhance Adoption of Dental Diagnostic Terminology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(7), 1-10. [More Information]

2016

  • Kalenderian, E., Halamka, J., Spallek, H. (2016). An EHR with teeth. Applied Clinical Informatics, 7(2), 425-429. [More Information]
  • Spallek, H. (2016). Converting Data Cemeteries into Sources of Knowledge: Is Dentistry a Computable Industry? Journal of the Academy of Distinguished Educators (JADE), 4(1), 20-24.
  • Straub-Morarend, C., Wankiiri-Hale, C., Blanchette, D., Lanning, S., Bekhuis, T., Smith, B., Brodie, A., Oliveira, D., Handysides, R., Dawson, D., Spallek, H. (2016). Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behavior: A Multi-Institutional, Cross-Sectional Study of a Population of U.S. Dental Students. Journal of Dental Education, 80(4), 430-438.

2015

  • Spallek, H., Turner, S., Donate-Bartfield, E., Chambers, D., McAndrew, M., Zarkowski, P., Karimbux, N. (2015). Social media in the dental school environment, part A: Benefits, challenges, and recommendations for use. Journal of Dental Education, 79(10), 1140-1152.
  • Spallek, H., Turner, S., Donate-Bartfield, E., Chambers, D., McAndrew, M., Zarkowski, P., Karimbux, N. (2015). Social media in the dental school environment, part B: Curricular considerations. Journal of Dental Education, 79(10), 1153-1166.

2014

  • Spallek, H., Johnson, L., Kerr, J., Rankin, D. (2014). Costs of health IT: Beginning to understand the financial impact of a dental school EHR. Journal of Dental Education, 78(11), 1542-1551.
  • Weiner, D., Morone, N., Spallek, H., Karp, J., Schneider, M., Washburn, C., Dziabiak, M., Hennon, J., Elnicki, D. (2014). E-learning module on chronic low back pain in older adults: Evidence of effect on medical student objective structured clinical examination performance. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(6), 1161-1167. [More Information]
  • Rush, W., Schleyer, T., Kirshner, M., Boyle, R., Thoele, M., Lenton, P., Asche, S., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Durand, E., et al (2014). Integrating tobacco dependence counseling into electronic dental records: A multi-method approach. Journal of Dental Education, 78(1), 31-39.
  • Spallek, H., von Bergmann, H. (2014). Should laptops be allowed in the classroom? Two viewpoints. Journal of Dental Education, 78(12), 1580-1588.
  • Stein, C., Eisenberg, E., O'Donnell, J., Spallek, H. (2014). What dental educators need to understand about emerging technologies to incorporate them effectively into the educational process. Journal of Dental Education, 78(4), 520-529.

2013

  • Song, M., O'Donnell, J., Bekhuis, T., Spallek, H. (2013). Are dentists interested in the oral-systemic disease connection? A qualitative study of an online community of 450 practitioners. BMC Oral Health, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, J., Modesto, A., Oakley, M., Valappil, B., Spallek, H., Polk, D. (2013). Authors' response. Journal of the American Dental Association, 144(7), 768-770.
  • Oakley, M., Horvath, Z., Weinberg, S., Bhatt, J., Spallek, H. (2013). Comparison of E-Mail Communication Skills Among First- and Fourth-Year Dental Students. Journal of Dental Education, 77(11), 1413-1424.
  • Rindal, D., Rush, W., Schleyer, T., Kirshner, M., Boyle, R., Thoele, M., Asche, S., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Durand, E., et al (2013). Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(3), 260-264. [More Information]
  • Horvath, Z., O'Donnell, J., Johnson, L., Karimbux, N., Shuler, C., Spallek, H. (2013). Use of lecture recordings in dental education: Assessment of status quo and recommendations. Journal of Dental Education, 77(11), 1431-1442.

2012

  • Schleyer, T., Butler, B., Song, M., Spallek, H. (2012). Conceptualizing and advancing research networking systems. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 19(1), 1-26. [More Information]
  • Schleyer, T., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Dziabiak, M., Johnson, L. (2012). From information technology to informatics: The information revolution in dental education. Journal of Dental Education, 76(1), 142-153.
  • Oakley, M., Spallek, H. (2012). Social media in dental education: A call for research and action. Journal of Dental Education, 76(3), 279-287.

2011

  • Sharma, N., Butler, B., Irwin, J., Spallek, H. (2011). Emphasizing social features in information portals: Effects on new member engagement. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(11), 2106-2120. [More Information]
  • Irwin, J., Thyvalikakath, T., Spallek, H., Wali, T., Kerr, A., Schleyer, T. (2011). English and Spanish oral cancer information on the internet: A pilot surface quality and content evaluation of oral cancer Web sites. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 71(2), 106-116. [More Information]
  • Brodie, A., Crow, H., Eber, R., Handysides, R., Holexa, R., Kiat-amnuay, S., Spallek, H. (2011). Evaluating postdoctoral dental candidates: Assessing the need and recommendations for a national qualifying examination. Journal of Dental Education, 75(6), 719-725.
  • Irwin, J., Schleyer, T., Spallek, H. (2011). The dental informatics online community. Bioinformation, 5(7), 307-309.
  • Bekhuis, T., Kreinacke, M., Spallek, H., Song, M., O'Donnell, J. (2011). Using natural language processing to enable in-depth analysis of clinical messages posted to an Internet mailing list: a feasibility study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(4), 1-12. [More Information]

2010

  • Butler, B., Sharma, N., Irwin, J., Spallek, H. (2010). "You Are Not Alone": Effects of Highlighting Social Aspects on Responsiveness, Joining, and Profile Information Sharing in an Information Portal. Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Silver Spring: Association for Information Science and Technology. [More Information]
  • Spallek, H., Song, M., Polk, D., Bekhuis, T., Frantsve-Hawley, J., Aravamudhan, K. (2010). Barriers to implementing evidence-based clinical guidelines: A survey of early adopters. Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, 10(4), 195-206. [More Information]
  • Song, M., Spallek, H., Polk, D., Schleyer, T., Wali, T. (2010). How information systems should support the information needs of general dentists in clinical settings: Suggestions from a qualitative study. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 10(1). [More Information]
  • Spallek, H., O'Donnell, J., Clayton, M., Anderson, P., Krueger, A. (2010). Paradigm shift or annoying distraction: Emerging implications of Web 2.0 for clinical practice. Applied Clinical Informatics, 1(2), 96-115. [More Information]
  • Spallek, H., O'Donnell, J., Yoo, Y. (2010). Preparing faculty members for significant curricular revisions in a school of dental medicine. Journal of Dental Education, 74(3), 275-288.
  • Bekhuis, T., Kreinacke, M., Spallek, H., Song, M. (2010). Using the Natural Language Toolkit to Reduce the Number of Messages for In-depth Content Analyses: A Case Study. American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium 2010, Bethesda: American Medical Informatics Association.

2008

  • Schleyer, T., Spallek, H., Butler, B., Subramanian, S., Weiss, D., Poythress, M., Rattanathikun, P., Mueller, G. (2008). Facebook for scientists: Requirements and services for optimizing how scientific collaborations are established. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10(3). [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, J., Modesto, A., Oakley, M., Polk, D., Valappil, B., Spallek, H. (2008). Sealants and dental caries: insight into dentists' behaviors regarding implementation of clinical practice recommendations. Journal of the American Dental Association, 144(4), e24-e30.
  • Spallek, H., Butler, B., Schleyer, T., Weiss, P., Wang, X., Thyvalikakath, T., Hatala, C., Naderi, R. (2008). Supporting emerging disciplines with e-communities: needs and benefits. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10(2). [More Information]

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