Howard J. Cabral, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Howard Cabral
(617) 638-5024hjcab@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT310
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Biography

Howard Cabral is Professor of Biostatistics, a co-director of the Biostatistics Graduate Program, and the Director of the Biostatistics and Research Design Program of the Boston University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He has over 30 years of teaching, consulting, collaborating, and statistical research experience in a variety of biomedical fields. These include public health, epidemiology, behavioral sciences, health services, and basic physical sciences research and practice. His students have included undergraduates, Master's and doctoral level students in biostatistics and other public health disciplines, biomedical post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and faculty seeking additional training in statistical methods. His research spans both observational studies and randomized clinical trials, including well known studies in cardiovascular health and studies of the effects of substance use on human health across the life span, with over 235 peer-reviewed publications to-date. He has extensive experience in the analysis of longitudinal health data, especially those collected in urban areas with ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. His methodological interests are in the analysis of longitudinal data, the effects of missing data on statistical estimation, and statistical computing. Dr. Cabral’s collaborative research has most recently examined the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on development from birth through age 22, randomized trials of problem solving education in treating parental depression, a randomized trial testing a peer-based model in retaining those infected with HIV in primary care, models to enhance the care of homeless patients living with HIV, differences in child and maternal health in those who did and did not received intervention through assisted reproductive technologies (ART) linking vital statistics, administrative public health and clinical databases in Massachusetts, and the neurobiological changes in the brain among normally aging animals as well as those resulting from stroke, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease among participants in the Framingham Heart Study. He is also a statistical consultant to the department of public health in Cambridge, MA.. Dr. Cabral provided his research and statistical methodologic expertise to a review panel of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science that examined the effects of parental depression on parenting practices and child development and published a widely recognized book on its findings. He is also a developer of the BODE Index for patients with COPD, a nationally and internationally employed tool for risk assessment that has been cited in the literature over 1,500 times to-date.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center

Education

  • College of the Holy Cross, BA
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS805
  • SPHBS805
  • SPHBS805
  • SPHBS902
  • SPHPM821

Publications

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Estrada LI, Robinson AA, Amaral AC, Giannaris EL, Heyworth NC, Mortazavi F, Ngwenya LB, Roberts DE, Cabral HJ, Killiany RJ, Rosene DL. Evaluation of Long-Term Cryostorage of Brain Tissue Sections for Quantitative Histochemistry. J Histochem Cytochem. 2017 Jan 01; 22155416686934. PMID: 28080173.

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  • Published on 12/11/2016

    Chang Y, Anolik R, Cabral H, Bhawan J. Frequency of Squamous Cell Carcinoma In Situ and Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Re-Excisions of Biopsy-Proven Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma In Situ. Br J Dermatol. 2016 Dec 11. PMID: 27943251.

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  • Published on 11/24/2016

    Declercq E, Cabral H, Ecker J. The plateauing of cesarean rates in industrialized countries. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Nov 24. PMID: 27890649.

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  • Published on 11/10/2016

    Kotelchuck M, Cheng ER, Belanoff C, Cabral HJ, Babakhanlou-Chase H, Derrington TM, Diop H, Evans SR, Bernstein J. The Prevalence and Impact of Substance Use Disorder and Treatment on Maternal Obstetric Experiences and Birth Outcomes Among Singleton Deliveries in Massachusetts. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Nov 10. PMID: 27832443.

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  • Published on 11/3/2016

    Ngwa JS, Cabral HJ, Cheng DM, Pencina MJ, Gagnon DR, LaValley MP, Cupples LA. A comparison of time dependent Cox regression, pooled logistic regression and cross sectional pooling with simulations and an application to the Framingham Heart Study. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2016 Nov 03; 16(1):148. PMID: 27809784.

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  • Published on 10/24/2016

    Johnson KL, Lin MY, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Katz IT. Variation in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake and Acceptability Between Female and Male Adolescents and Their Caregivers. J Community Health. 2016 Oct 24. PMID: 27778139.

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  • Published on 10/17/2016

    Vian, T., Bachman DeSilva, M., Cabral, H.J., Williams, G.C., Gifford, A.L., Zhong, L., Xie, W., Gill, C.J., Sabin, L.L. The role of motivation in predicting antiretroviral therapy adherence in China. Journal of Health Psychology. 2016; 1-10.

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  • Published on 9/2/2016

    Kapoor A, Shaffer NS, McDonough CM, White DK, Wang N, Rosenkranz P, Glantz A, McAneny D, Doherty GM, Cabral HJ, Gurwitz JH, Fielding RA, Jette AM, Silliman RA. Examining New Preoperative Assessment Tools. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Oct; 64(10):e102-e104. PMID: 27590632.

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  • Published on 9/1/2016

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E, Cabral H, Morton C. Recent Increases in the U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate: Disentangling Trends From Measurement Issues. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep; 128(3):447-55. PMID: 27500333.

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  • Published on 8/12/2016

    McDonough K, Crimlisk J, Nicholas P, Cabral H, Quinn EK, Jalisi S. Standardizing nurse training strategies to improve knowledge and self-efficacy with tracheostomy and laryngectomy care. Appl Nurs Res. 2016 Nov; 32:212-216. PMID: 27969030.

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