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. 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
  • SPHPM821

Publications

  • 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 3; 16(1):148. PMID: 27809784.

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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 6/23/2016

    Barthelemy OJ, Richardson MA, Cabral HJ, Frank DA. Prenatal, perinatal, and adolescent exposure to marijuana: Relationships with aggressive behavior. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2016 Jun 23. PMID: 27345271.

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  • Published on 6/21/2016

    Junghans RP, Ma Q, Rathore R, Gomes EM, Bais AJ, Lo AS, Abedi M, Davies RA, Cabral HJ, Al-Homsi AS, Cohen SI. Phase I Trial of Anti-PSMA Designer CAR-T Cells in Prostate Cancer: Possible Role for Interacting Interleukin 2-T Cell Pharmacodynamics as a Determinant of Clinical Response. Prostate. 2016 Oct; 76(14):1257-70. PMID: 27324746.

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  • Published on 6/18/2016

    Luke B, Gopal D, Cabral H, Diop H, Stern JE. Perinatal outcomes of singleton siblings: the effects of changing maternal fertility status. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2016 Sep; 33(9):1203-13. PMID: 27318927.

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  • Published on 6/16/2016

    Gupta VK, Winter M, Cabral H, Henault L, Waite K, Hanchate A, Bickmore TW, Wolf MS, Paasche-Orlow MK. Disparities in Age-Associated Cognitive Decline Between African-American and Caucasian Populations: The Roles of Health Literacy and Education. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Aug; 64(8):1716-23. PMID: 27310494.

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  • Published on 5/19/2016

    Diaz-Linhart Y, Silverstein M, Grote N, Cadena L, Feinberg E, Ruth BJ, Cabral H. Patient Navigation for Mothers with Depression who Have Children in Head Start: A Pilot Study. Soc Work Public Health. 2016 Oct; 31(6):504-10. PMID: 27195704.

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  • Published on 5/2/2016

    Feinberg E, Abufhele M, Sandler J, Augustyn M, Cabral H, Chen N, Diaz Linhart Y, Cesar Levesque Z, Aebi M, Silverstein M. Reducing Disparities in Timely Autism Diagnosis Through Family Navigation: Results From a Randomized Pilot Trial. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Aug 1; 67(8):912-5. PMID: 27133722.

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