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 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 1,600 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
  • SPHBS902
  • SPHPM821

Publications

  • 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 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 Apr 08. PMID: 28400311.

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  • Published on 4/1/2017

    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. 2017 Apr; 21(4):893-902. PMID: 27832443.

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  • Published on 4/1/2017

    Alade RO, Vragovic O, Duffy C, Cabral HJ, Stier EA. Human Papillomavirus Co-Testing Results Effectively Triage Normal Cervical Cytology in HIV-Positive Women Aged 30 Years and Older. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2017 Apr; 21(2):125-128. PMID: 28257290.

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  • Published on 3/21/2017

    Desikan RS, Fan CC, Wang Y, Schork AJ, Cabral HJ, Cupples LA, Thompson WK, Besser L, Kukull WA, Holland D, Chen CH, Brewer JB, Karow DS, Kauppi K, Witoelar A, Karch CM, Bonham LW, Yokoyama JS, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Dillon WP, Wilson DM, Hess CP, Pericak-Vance M, Haines JL, Farrer LA, Mayeux R, Hardy J, Goate AM, Hyman BT, Schellenberg GD, McEvoy LK, Andreassen OA, Dale AM. Genetic assessment of age-associated Alzheimer disease risk: Development and validation of a polygenic hazard score. PLoS Med. 2017 Mar; 14(3):e1002258. PMID: 28323831.

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  • Published on 3/9/2017

    Thaker AA, Weinberg BD, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Cabral HJ, Fleischman DA, Leurgans SE, Bennett DA, Hyman BT, Albert MS, Killiany RJ, Fischl B, Dale AM, Desikan RS. Entorhinal Cortex: Antemortem Cortical Thickness and Postmortem Neurofibrillary Tangles and Amyloid Pathology. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Mar 09. PMID: 28279988.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Peacock-Chambers E, Martin JT, Necastro KA, Cabral HJ, Bair-Merritt M. The Influence of Parental Self-Efficacy and Perceived Control on the Home Learning Environment of Young Children. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Mar; 17(2):176-183. PMID: 28259339.

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  • Published on 2/12/2017

    Choi JL, Kao PF, Itriago E, Zhan Y, Kozubek JA, Hoss AG, Banigan MG, Vanderburg CR, Rezvani AH, Latourelle JC, Cabral H, Delalle I. miR-149 and miR-29c as candidates for bipolar disorder biomarkers. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2017 Apr; 174(3):315-323. PMID: 28190298.

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  • Published on 1/12/2017

    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 Mar; 65(3):153-171. PMID: 28080173.

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  • Published on 1/2/2017

    Macht R, Cassidy R, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Ghaferi A. Evaluating organizational factors associated with postoperative bariatric surgery readmissions. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Jan 02. PMID: 28169205.

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