Debbie M. Cheng, ScD

Professor, Biostatistics
Debbie Cheng
Crosstown Center – 319
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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. She is Principal Investigator of the Biostatistics and Data Management Core for the URBAN ARCH Consortium, a consortium of studies designed to examine the consequences of alcohol on HIV disease progression. Dr. Cheng is also Co-Director of the Biostatistics Core for the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). In addition, she serves as lead statistician on several other studies including: a randomized clinical trial of a multi-facted intervention designed to improve HIV outcomes among HIV-infected people who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia (LINC-II Study) and a clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a collaborative care intervention for HIV care physicians to improve the management of chronic opioid therapy and reduce the misuse of prescription opioids among HIV-infected persons (TEACH study).  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 4/15/2018

    Hahn JA, Cheng DM, Emenyonu NI, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Fatch R, Shade SB, Ngabirano C, Adong J, Bryant K, Muyindike WR, Samet JH. Alcohol Use and HIV Disease Progression in an Antiretroviral Naive Cohort. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 Apr 15; 77(5):492-501. PMID: 29303844.

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  • Published on 2/6/2018

    Lasser KE, Lunze K, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Walley AY, Tindle HA, Quinn E, Gnatienko N, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Depression and smoking characteristics among HIV-positive smokers in Russia: A cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2018; 13(2):e0189207. PMID: 29408935.

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  • Published on 1/11/2018

    Woolf-King SE, Fatch R, Cheng DM, Muyindike W, Ngabirano C, Kekibiina A, Emenyonu N, Hahn JA. Alcohol Use and Unprotected Sex Among HIV-Infected Ugandan Adults: Findings from an Event-Level Study. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 Jan 11. PMID: 29327090.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Bertholet N, Cheng DM, Palfai TP, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Samet JH, Saitz R. Anxiety, Depression, and Pain Symptoms: Associations With the Course of Marijuana Use and Drug Use Consequences Among Urban Primary Care Patients. J Addict Med. 2018 Jan/Feb; 12(1):45-52. PMID: 28984682.

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  • Published on 12/4/2017

    Idrisov B, Lunze K, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Gnatienko N, Quinn E, Bridden C, Walley AY, Bryant KJ, Lioznov D, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Role of substance use in HIV care cascade outcomes among people who inject drugs in Russia. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2017 Dec 04; 12(1):30. PMID: 29198185.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Idrisov B, Lunze K, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Gnatienko N, Patts GJ, Bridden C, Kleinman RE, Weiser SD, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Food Insecurity, HIV Disease Progression and Access to Care Among HIV-Infected Russians not on ART. AIDS Behav. 2017 Dec; 21(12):3486-3495. PMID: 28822002.

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  • Published on 11/23/2017

    West BS, Cheng DM, Toussova O, Blokhina E, Gnatienko N, Liu K, Samet JH, Raj A. Contraceptive Use Among HIV-Infected Females with History of Injection Drug Use in St. Petersburg, Russia. AIDS Behav. 2017 Nov 23. PMID: 29170946.

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  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Asiimwe SB, Fatch R, Patts G, Winter M, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Emenyonu N, Muyindike W, Kekibiina A, Blokhina E, Gnatienko N, Kruptisky E, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Hahn JA. Alcohol Types and HIV Disease Progression Among HIV-Infected Drinkers Not Yet on Antiretroviral Therapy in Russia and Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2017 Nov; 21(Suppl 2):204-215. PMID: 28856539.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Chavez KE, Palfai TP, Squires LE, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Saitz R. Perceived discrimination and drug involvement among black primary care patients who use drugs. Addict Behav. 2018 Feb; 77:63-66. PMID: 28965068.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Lunze K, Lioznov D, Cheng DM, Nikitin RV, Coleman SM, Bridden C, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. HIV Stigma and Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among People Living with HIV in Russia. AIDS Behav. 2017 Sep; 21(9):2609-2617. PMID: 28600603.

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