Debbie M. Cheng, ScD

Professor, Biostatistics
Debbie Cheng
Crosstown Center – CT319
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Debbie M. Cheng is Professor of Biostatistics and has been on the faculty at the School of Public Health since 2002. Her research interests include longitudinal data analyses and the design and analysis of clinical trials. She collaborates with investigators at the Boston University School of Medicine on several projects in the areas of substance abuse and HIV research including the Addiction Health Evaluation And Disease management (AHEAD) Study, the Assessing Screening Plus brief Intervention’s Resulting Efficacy to stop drug use (ASPIRE) Study, and the HERMITAGE (HIV’s Evolution in Russia – Mitigating Infection Transmission and Alcoholism in a Growing Epidemic) Study. The goals of these studies are to evaluate interventions for decreasing alcohol and drug use, and to test an HIV secondary prevention program among HIV-infected patients in Russia. Her research also involves evaluating statistical methods for longitudinal data analyses.  She has been an instructor for Introduction to Statistical Computing (BS723) and the Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials (BS722).

Other Positions:

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Harvard University, ScD
  • Northwestern University, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS722


  • Published on 6/1/2014

    Goodness TM, Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Coleman SM, Bridden C, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Depressive Symptoms and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Initiation Among HIV-Infected Russian Drinkers. AIDS Behav. 2014 Jun; 18(6):1085-93.

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  • Published on 5/1/2014

    Kiriazova T, Cheng DM, Coleman SM, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Lira MC, Bridden C, Raj A, Samet JH. Factors Associated With Study Attrition Among HIV-Infected Risky Drinkers in St. Petersburg, Russia. HIV Clin Trials. 2014 May-Jun; 15(3):116-25.

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  • Published on 4/24/2014

    Fuster D, Cheng DM, Quinn EK, Armah KA, Saitz R, Freiberg MS, Samet JH, Tsui JI. Inflammatory cytokines and mortality in a cohort of HIV-infected adults with alcohol problems. AIDS. 2014 Apr 24; 28(7):1059-64.

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  • Published on 4/15/2014

    Bertholet N, Winter MR, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Saitz R. How Accurate Are Blood (or Breath) Tests for Identifying Self-Reported Heavy Drinking Among People with Alcohol Dependence? Alcohol Alcohol. 2014 Jul; 49(4):423-9.

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  • Published on 4/5/2014

    Smith PC, Cheng DM, Allensworth-Davies D, Winter MR, Saitz R. Use of a single alcohol screening question to identify other drug use. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Jun 1; 139:178-80.

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  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Silverman JG, Saggurti N, Cheng DM, Decker MR, Coleman SM, Bridden C, Pardeshi M, Dasgupta A, Samet JH, Raj A. Associations of Sex Trafficking History with Recent Sexual Risk among HIV-Infected FSWs in India. AIDS Behav. 2014 Mar; 18(3):555-61.

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  • Published on 1/2/2014

    Walley AY, Cheng DM, Coleman SM, Krupitsky E, Raj A, Blokhina E, Bridden C, Chaisson CE, Lira MC, Samet JH. Risk factors for recent nonfatal overdose among HIV-infected Russians who inject drugs. AIDS Care. 2014 Aug; 26(8):1013-8.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Saitz R, Cheng DM, Allensworth-Davies D, Winter MR, Smith PC. The ability of single screening questions for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use to identify substance dependence in primary care. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2014 Jan; 75(1):153-7.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Redmond N, Hicks LS, Cheng DM, Allensworth-Davies D, Winter MR, Samet JH, Saitz R. Association of recent incarceration with traumatic injury, substance use-related health consequences, and health care utilization. J Addict Med. 2014 Jan-Feb; 8(1):66-72.

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  • Published on 10/24/2013

    Fuster D, Cheng DM, Quinn EK, Nunes D, Saitz R, Samet JH, Tsui JI. Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is associated with all-cause and liver-related mortality in a cohort of HIV-infected patients with alcohol problems. Addiction. 2014 Jan; 109(1):62-70.

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