Timothy C. Heeren, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Timothy Heeren
(617) 638-5172tch@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT309
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Timothy Heeren, Ph.D., Professor of Biostatistics earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics (Statistics) from Boston University, and has been on the faculty of the School of Public Health since 1981. Dr. Heeren has developed and taught both introductory and advanced applied biostatistics methods courses at the School of Public Health. He currently teaches the core biostatistics course aimed at concentrators in biostatistics or epidemiology. Dr Heeren also teaches a graduate level applied regression and multivariable methods course through the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Dr. Heeren’s research interests are in applied biostatistics, observational studies, behavioral trials, regression models and complex survey design. His current research focuses on three substantive areas: the epidemiology of alcohol and substance use, with particular focus on the consequences of early drinking onset; the consequences of in-utero cocaine exposure on child development through the early school years; and the use of automated telephone-based systems to supplement medical care.

Other Positions:

  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Boston Medical Center


  • Carleton College, BA
  • Boston University, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS704
  • SPHBS852


  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Rhein LM, Dobson NR, Darnall RA, Corwin MJ, Heeren TC, Poets CF, McEntire BL, Hunt CE. Effects of caffeine on intermittent hypoxia in infants born prematurely: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Mar 1; 168(3):250-7.

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  • Published on 2/19/2014

    Latham NK, Harris BA, Bean JF, Heeren T, Goodyear C, Zawacki S, Heislein DM, Mustafa J, Pardasaney P, Giorgetti M, Holt N, Goehring L, Jette AM. Effect of a home-based exercise program on functional recovery following rehabilitation after hip fracture: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014 Feb 19; 311(7):700-8.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    De La Cruz II, Freund KM, Battaglia TA, Chen CA, Bak S, Kalish R, Lottero B, Egan P, Heeren T, Kronman AC. Impact of depression on the intensity of patient navigation for women with abnormal cancer screenings. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014; 25(1):383-95.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Naimi TS, Blanchette J, Nelson TF, Nguyen T, Oussayef N, Heeren TC, Gruenewald P, Mosher J, Xuan Z. A new scale of the u.s. Alcohol policy environment and its relationship to binge drinking. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jan; 46(1):10-6.

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  • Published on 11/1/2013

    Colson ER, Willinger M, Rybin D, Heeren T, Smith LA, Lister G, Corwin MJ. Trends and factors associated with infant bed sharing, 1993-2010: the national infant sleep position study. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Nov 1; 167(11):1032-7.

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  • Published on 10/3/2013

    Primeau SW, Freund KM, Ramachandran A, Bak SM, Heeren T, Chen CA, Morton S, Battaglia TA. Social service barriers delay care among women with abnormal cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 29(1):169-75.

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  • Published on 7/2/2013

    Schroy PC, Coe A, Chen CA, O'Brien MJ, Heeren TC. Prevalence of advanced colorectal neoplasia in white and black patients undergoing screening colonoscopy in a safety-net hospital. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Jul 2; 159(1):13-20.

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  • Published on 6/20/2013

    Calise TV, Heeren T, DeJong W, Dumith SC, Kohl HW. Do neighborhoods make people active, or do people make active neighborhoods? Evidence from a planned community in Austin, Texas. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013; 10:E102.

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  • Published on 6/18/2013

    Strunin L, Díaz Martínez A, Díaz-Martínez LR, Heeren T, Kuranz S, Winter M, Hernández-Ávila CA, Fernández-Varela H, Solís-Torres C. Parental monitoring and alcohol use among Mexican students. Addict Behav. 2013 Oct; 38(10):2601-6.

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  • Published on 5/24/2013

    Xuan Z, Nelson TF, Heeren T, Blanchette J, Nelson DE, Gruenewald P, Naimi TS. Tax policy, adult binge drinking, and youth alcohol consumption in the United States. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2013 Oct; 37(10):1713-9.

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