Howard J. Cabral, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Howard Cabral
(617) 638-5024hjcab@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 310
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Biography

Howard Cabral is Professor of Biostatistics, a co-director of the Biostatistics Graduate Program, the Director of the Biostatistics and Research Design Program of the Boston University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and is the current Chair of the Financial Conflict of Interest Commitee for the Boston University Medical Campus. 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 250 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 1,600 times to-date. Dr. Cabral received the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2017 from the School of Public Health.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS805
  • SPHBS805

Publications

  • Published on 11/8/2017

    Keeney T, Jette AM, Freedman VA, Cabral H. Racial Differences in Patterns of Use of Rehabilitation Services for Adults Aged 65 and Older. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Nov 08. PMID: 29114848.

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  • Published on 10/20/2017

    Walls M, Allen C, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Bair-Merritt M. Receipt of Medication and Behavioral Therapy among a National Sample of School-Aged Children Diagnosed with ADHD. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Oct 20. PMID: 29061327.

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  • Published on 9/19/2017

    Kapoor A, Matheos T, Walz M, McDonough C, Maheswaran A, Ruppell E, Mohamud D, Shaffer N, Zhou Y, Kaur S, Heard S, Crawford S, Cabral H, White DK, Santry H, Jette A, Fielding R, Silliman RA, Gurwitz J. Self-Reported Function More Informative than Frailty Phenotype in Predicting Adverse Postoperative Course in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Nov; 65(11):2522-2528. PMID: 28926087.

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  • Published on 8/1/2017

    Silverstein M, Diaz-Linhart Y, Cabral H, Beardslee W, Hegel M, Haile W, Sander J, Patts G, Feinberg E. Efficacy of a Maternal Depression Prevention Strategy in Head Start: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Aug 01; 74(8):781-789. PMID: 28614554.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    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. 2017 Jun; 42(3):522-532. PMID: 27778139.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Ameli O, Soria-Saucedo R, Smith EG, Cabral HJ, Soley-Bori M, Kazis LE. Associations Between Medication Class and Subsequent Augmentation of Depression Treatment in Privately Insured US Adults. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2017 Jun; 37(3):323-331. PMID: 28338544.

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  • Published on 5/5/2017

    Lemkin A, Kistin CJ, Cabral HJ, Aschengrau A, Bair-Merritt M. School connectedness and high school graduation among maltreated youth. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 May 05. PMID: 28483290.

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  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Walter AW, Yuan Y, Cabral HJ. Mental Health Services Utilization and Expenditures Among Children Enrolled in Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. Pediatrics. 2017 May; 139(Suppl 2):S127-S135. PMID: 28562310.

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  • Published on 4/25/2017

    Luke B, Gopal D, Cabral H, Stern JE, Diop H. Adverse pregnancy, birth, and infant outcomes in twins: effects of maternal fertility status and infant gender combinations; the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technology. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Sep; 217(3):330.e1-330.e15. PMID: 28455086.

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  • Published on 4/8/2017

    Luke B, Gopal D, Cabral H, Stern JE, Diop H. Pregnancy, birth, and infant outcomes by maternal fertility status: the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technology. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Sep; 217(3):327.e1-327.e14. PMID: 28400311.

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