Timothy Heeren

Timothy C. Heeren, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics - Boston University School of Public Health



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. Currently, he alternates between teaching the core biostatistics course and the more advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. Dr Heeren also teaches a graduate level applied statistical 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 applied research includes serving as biostatistician on a clinical trial of extended caffeine treatment for premature infants, a trial of a text-message oral health program for children, a prospective study of cognitive development in children born prematurely, and a prospective study of the impact of substance use in HIV positive patients.

Other Positions

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


  • Boston University, PhD Field of Study: Statistics
  • Carleton College, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS835
  • SPHBS852


  • Published on 8/26/2021

    Keating D, Zundel CG, Abreu M, Krengel M, Aenlle K, Nichols MD, Toomey R, Chao LL, Golier J, Abdullah L, Quinn E, Heeren T, Groh JR, Koo BB, Killiany R, Loggia ML, Younger J, Baraniuk J, Janulewicz P, Ajama J, Quay M, Baas PW, Qiang L, Conboy L, Kokkotou E, O'Callaghan JP, Steele L, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Boston biorepository, recruitment and integrative network (BBRAIN): A resource for the Gulf War Illness scientific community. Life Sci. 2021 Aug 26; 284:119903. PMID: 34453948.

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  • Published on 8/11/2021

    Kuban KCK, Boynton RJ, Heeren T, O'Shea TM. A Consideration of Racism in Pediatric Epidemiologic Studies. J Pediatr. 2021 Aug 11. PMID: 34390694.

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  • Published on 8/6/2021

    Smith ML, Heeren TC, Ranker LR, Fredman L. Associations of spousal and non-spousal caregiving with six-year trajectories of depressive symptoms among older women in the Caregiver-Study of Osteoporotic Fractures study. Aging Ment Health. 2021 Aug 06; 1-8. PMID: 34353186.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Gnatienko N, Calver K, Sullivan M, Forman LS, Heeren T, Blokhina E, Emenyonu N, Ventura AS, Tsui JI, Muyindike WR, Fatch R, Ngabirano C, Bridden C, Bryant K, Bazzi AR, Hahn JA. Heavy Alcohol Use Among Women and Men Living With HIV in Uganda, Russia, and the United States. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2021 Jul; 82(4):486-492. PMID: 34343080.

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  • Published on 3/29/2021

    Lohman-Payne B, Koster J, Gabriel B, Chilengi R, Forman LS, Heeren T, Duffy CR, Herlihy J, Crimaldi S, Gill C, Chavuma R, Mwananyanda L, Thea DM. Persistent Immune activation in HIV-Infected Pregnant Women Initiating cART Post Conception. J Infect Dis. 2021 Mar 29. PMID: 33780543.

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  • Published on 3/16/2021

    Quintiliani LM, Whiteley JA, Murillo J, Lara R, Jean C, Quinn EK, Kane J, Crouter SE, Heeren TC, Bowen DJ. Community health worker-delivered weight management intervention among public housing residents: A feasibility study. Prev Med Rep. 2021 Jun; 22:101360. PMID: 33816090.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Coleman SM, Lira MC, Blanchette J, Heeren TC, Naimi TS. Alcohol policies, firearm policies, and suicide in the United States: a lagged cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2021 03 01; 21(1):366. PMID: 33641667.

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  • Published on 2/4/2021

    Safon CB, Heeren TC, Kerr SM, Clermont D, Corwin MJ, Colson ER, Moon RY, Kellams AL, Hauck FR, Parker MG. Disparities in Breastfeeding Among U.S. Black Mothers: Identification of Mechanisms. Breastfeed Med. 2021 02; 16(2):140-149. PMID: 33539248.

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  • Published on 12/21/2020

    Fruh V, Claus Henn B, Weuve J, Wesselink AK, Orta OR, Heeren T, Hauser R, Calafat AM, Williams PL, Baird DD, Wise LA. Incidence of uterine leiomyoma in relation to urinary concentrations of phthalate and phthalate alternative biomarkers: A prospective ultrasound study. Environ Int. 2021 02; 147:106218. PMID: 33360166.

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  • Published on 11/3/2020

    Parker MG, Burnham LA, Kerr SM, Belfort MB, Perrin MT, Corwin MJ, Heeren TC. National Prevalence of Donor Milk Use Among Level 1 Nurseries. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 12; 10(12):1078-1086. PMID: 33144332.

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