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. 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 also serves as lead statistician on several other studies including: a randomized clinical trial of a behavioral and structural intervention designed to motivate HIV-infected narcology patients to engage in HIV medical care (LINC 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
  • SPHBS901


  • Published on 6/1/2015

    Edelman EJ, Cheng DM, Krupitsky EM, Bridden C, Quinn E, Walley AY, Lioznov DA, Blokhina E, Zvartau E, Samet JH. Heroin Use and HIV Disease Progression: Results from a Pilot Study of a Russian Cohort. AIDS Behav. 2015 Jun; 19(6):1089-97.

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  • Published on 5/1/2015

    Bernstein J, Cheng DM, Wang N, Trilla C, Samet J, Saitz R. Recreational drug use among primary care patients: implications of a positive self-report. Ann Fam Med. 2015 May; 13(3):257-60.

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  • Published on 1/7/2015

    Bagley SM, Peterson J, Cheng DM, Jose C, Quinn E, O''Connor PG, Walley AY. Overdose Education and Naloxone Rescue Kits for Family Members of Individuals Who Use Opioids: Characteristics, Motivations, and Naloxone Use. Subst Abus. 2015 Apr-Jun; 36(2):149-54.

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  • Published on 12/2/2014

    Park TW, Samet JH, Cheng DM, Winter MR, Kim TW, Fitzgerald A, Saitz R. The prescription of addiction medications after implementation of chronic care management for substance dependence in primary care. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 May; 52:17-23.

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  • Published on 11/17/2014

    Park TW, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Winter MR, Saitz R. Chronic care management for substance dependence in primary care among patients with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jan 1; 66(1):72-9.

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  • Published on 10/16/2014

    Samet JH, Raj A, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Bridden C, Chaisson CE, Walley AY, Palfai TP, Quinn EK, Zvartau E, Lioznov D, Krupitsky E. HERMITAGE-a randomized controlled trial to reduce sexually transmitted infections and HIV risk behaviors among HIV-infected Russian drinkers. Addiction. 2015 Jan; 110(1):80-90.

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  • Published on 8/29/2014

    Tsui JI, Cheng DM, Coleman SM, Lira MC, Blokhina E, Bridden C, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Pain is associated with risky drinking over time among HIV-infected persons in St. Petersburg, Russia. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Nov 1; 144:87-92.

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  • Published on 8/6/2014

    Saitz R, Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Alford DP, Bernstein JA, Lloyd-Travaglini CA, Meli SM, Chaisson CE, Samet JH. Screening and brief intervention for drug use in primary care: the ASPIRE randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014 Aug 6; 312(5):502-13.

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  • Published on 7/9/2014

    Lunze K, Raj A, Cheng DM, Quinn EK, Bridden C, Blokhina E, Walley AY, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Punitive policing and associated substance use risks among HIV-positive people in Russia who inject drugs. J Int AIDS Soc. 2014; 17:19043.

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  • Published on 6/18/2014

    Mojarrad M, Samet JH, Cheng DM, Winter MR, Saitz R. Marijuana use and achievement of abstinence from alcohol and other drugs among people with substance dependence: a prospective cohort study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Sep 1; 142:91-7.

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