Positions

Overview

  • Dr.Thirumalai is an Assistant Professor teaching in the MS in Health Informatics program at UAB. He serves as a Co-Director of UAB's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (funded by NIDILRR/ACL/HHS). He is the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative and leads and directs the various ICT initiatives for several centers/projects including the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (funded by CDC), multiple NIH-R01s, a PCORI funded comparative effectiveness trial and multiple NIDILRR funded projects.

    He has been involved in technology development and research related to improving the health and function of people with disabilities for the last 19 years. He has received multiple pilot grants and an award for his artificial intelligence supported health coaching platform for glycemic control in people with disabilities.

    He conceptualized, designed and developed the largest online physical activity intervention for people with disabilities that has served more than 40,000 people since its launching in 2012. His dissertation focused on “Online Health Behavior Change Using Social Media”.
  • Research Overview

  • Telehealth, User Experience, Artificial intelligence, Geotagging of crowdsourced resources to promote community based physical activity, Accessible active video gaming controllers, Smart health coaching platforms with self-contained people with disability specific knowledge bases, Online knowledge-bases for access barriers in the built environment for increased physical activity, web and mobile based health behavior change platforms, and other areas of health informatics.
  • Investigator On

  • Comparative Effectiveness Trial Between a Clinic- and Home-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Telerehabilitation Intervention for Adults with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)  awarded by PATIENT CENTERED OUTCOMES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program  awarded by Administration for Community Living/DHHS
  • Dose-Response Effects of Transformative Exercise in Improving Health and Function in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Sclerosis  awarded by Department of Education
  • Feasibility of the First Known Adaptive Intervention Delivering Innovative Exercise Program Optimized for People with SCI  awarded by Neilsen (Craig H.) Foundation
  • Improving Health Care Quality through Health IT for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities  awarded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS
  • Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities  awarded by Department of Education
  • Internet Based System for Managing Obesity in Children with Disabilities  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
  • National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability  awarded by CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS
  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability  awarded by CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS
  • POWERSforID: A Telehealth Weight Management System for Adults with ID  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (CHICAGO)
  • Private Grant  awarded by TKC GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, LLC
  • RERC On Exercise And Recreational Technologies For People With Disabilities (RECTECH IV)  awarded by Administration for Community Living/DHHS
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers  awarded by Administration for Community Living/DHHS
  • Scale Up Evaluation of a Physical Activity Program for Adults with Physical Disability  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
  • Scale-Up of an Innovative, Evidence-Based Movement 2-Music (M2M) Intervention for Adults with Physical/Mobility Disability  awarded by Administration for Community Living/DHHS
  • Testing Scalable, IVR-Supported Cancer Prevention Interventions in the Rural Alabama Black Belt  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System  awarded by Administration for Community Living/DHHS
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System  awarded by Administration for Community Living/DHHS
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Thirumalai teaches in the User Experience track of the MS in Health Informatics program at UAB. His course titled "Managing the user-centered development process" focuses on training the students with applied knowledge on building user-friendly and effective health information technologies.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management Information Systems, University of Illinois System : Chicago 2016
  • Master of Engineering in Computer Systems Analysis / Analyst, University of Illinois System : Chicago 2009
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering, University of Illinois System : Chicago 2003
  • Awards And Honors

    Full Name

  • Mohanraj Thirumalai