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 Biostatistics Consulting Group, and is the Director of the Biostatistics and Research Design Program in 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 1,300 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
  • SPHBS901
  • SPHPM811
  • SPHPM821

Publications

  • Published on 5/15/2015

    Norton G, McDonough CM, Cabral H, Shwartz M, Burgess JF. Cost-utility of cognitive behavioral therapy for low back pain from the commercial payer perspective. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 May 15; 40(10):725-33.

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  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Eng JA, Clough-Gorr K, Cabral HJ, Silliman RA. Predicting 5- and 10-year survival in older women with early-stage breast cancer: self-rated health and walking ability. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Apr; 63(4):757-62.

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  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Silverstein M, Hironaka LK, Walter HJ, Feinberg E, Sandler J, Pellicer M, Chen N, Cabral H. Collaborative care for children with ADHD symptoms: a randomized comparative effectiveness trial. Pediatrics. 2015 Apr; 135(4):e858-67.

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  • Published on 3/9/2015

    Stone SL, Diop H, Declercq E, Cabral HJ, Fox MP, Wise LA. Stressful events during pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 May; 24(5):384-93.

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  • Published on 3/3/2015

    Xu P, Burgess JF, Cabral H, Soria-Saucedo R, Kazis LE. Relationships Between Medicare Advantage Contract Characteristics and Quality-of-Care Ratings: An Observational Analysis of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Mar 3; 162(5):353-8.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Trout CH, Dembélé O, Diakité D, Bougoudogo F, Doumbia B, Mathieu J, Haidara A, Sangaré A, Traoré S, Burtner J, Cabral H, Messersmith LJ. West African Female Sex Workers in Mali: Reduction in HIV Prevalence and Differences in Risk Profiles of Sex Workers of Differing Nationalities of Origin. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 1; 68 Suppl 2:S221-31.

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  • Published on 2/5/2015

    Declercq E, Luke B, Belanoff C, Cabral H, Diop H, Gopal D, Hoang L, Kotelchuck M, Stern JE, Hornstein MD. Perinatal outcomes associated with assisted reproductive technology: the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART). Fertil Steril. 2015 Apr; 103(4):888-95.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Reddy SM, Ramachandran A, Cabral H, Kazis L. Provision of family planning to women with cardiovascular risk factors. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Jan-Feb; 28(1):105-14.

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  • Published on 12/4/2014

    Bernstein J, Derrington TM, Belanoff C, Cabral HJ, Babakhanlou-Chase H, Diop H, Evans SR, Jacobs H, Kotelchuck M. Treatment outcomes for substance use disorder among women of reproductive age in Massachusetts: A population-based approach. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Feb 1; 147:151-9.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Bernstein J, Bernstein E, Belanoff C, Cabral HJ, Babakhanlou-Chase H, Derrington TM, Diop H, Douriez C, Evans SR, Jacobs H, Kotelchuck M. The association of injury with substance use disorder among women of reproductive age: an opportunity to address a major contributor to recurrent preventable emergency department visits? Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Dec; 21(12):1459-68.

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