Howard J. Cabral, PhD
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Biostatistics

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health



Howard Cabral is Professor of Biostatistics at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he has been on the faculty in the Department of Biostatistics since 1998. He is the founding Director of the Biostatistics and Research Design Program of 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 all other public health disciplines, medical sciences and dentistry, biomedical post-doctoral and clinical fellows including many K grant awardees, and faculty seeking additional training in statistical methods and research design. He is a former director of the Biostatistics Graduate Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Cabral received the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2017 from the School of Public Health.

Dr. Cabral’s 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 currently over 380 peer-reviewed publications. 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, randomized clinical trials in behavioral and health services research, risk prediction models in acute and chronic disease, the effects of missing data on statistical estimation, and statistical computing.

Dr. Cabral’s collaborative research has 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, randomized trials of computerized conversational agents in genetic counseling and pre-conception risk factor management, the use of advanced care directives in special populations, the relationship of health literacy to health care utilization, and the efficacy of patient navigation that addresses social determinants of health in women of race and ethnic minorities who are receiving care for breast cancer in all of the major hospitals in Boston. In addition, Dr. Cabral is an investigator on multiple new research projects that focus on the health of Black women: a randomized clinical trial of genetic counseling for cancer in the Black Women's Health study; a randomized trial of intervention modalities for Black immigrant women living with HIV; a national study of bundled interventions to improve the health and well-being of Black women living with HIV; a multi-phase study of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in Massachusetts, with intervention studies studying safety-related bundles and enhanced care by doulas; and a randomized trial of virtual reality as a modality in the intervention for smoking cessation. Dr. Cabral is a developer of the BODE Index for risk assessment in patients with COPD, a nationally and internationally employed tool for risk prediction that has been cited in the literature over 2,500 times to-date. He is also a statistical consultant to the Institute of Community Health in Malden, MA and is a former statistical consultant to the Boston Public Health Commission.

Dr. Cabral has extensive experience as a peer reviewer for journals, NIH, and foundation-based research committees. 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 has been the statistical editor for the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, and is currently serving on the editorial boards of Birth and the Journal for Health Literacy Research and Practice as the statistical editor. He was a member of the grant review committee for the Hood Foundation and served its chair. He has served on grant review committees for the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Reflecting his breadth of experience as a peer reviewer, he was a recipient of the award for the top 1% of peer reviewers in clinical medicine from Publons for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

In addition to his administrative role in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Dr. Cabral has served Boston University as a member and current chair of the Financial Conflict of Interest Committee and on the Committee for Academic Program Review, the Responsible Conduct of Research Advisory Committee, and the Grievance Committee.


Testing the Efficacy of an Adapted Family-Centered Autism Transition Intervention in a Safety Net Hospital Setting
11/01/2022 - 10/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Deborah M Noonan Mem


Comparative Effectiveness of Individual Versus Group-level Interventions to Reduce HIV Risk among African Immigrant Women
06/01/2021 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. Patient-Cnt.Out. Res


Translating Research Into Practice: A Regional Collaborative to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer Care
09/01/2017 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NCATS
5U01TR002070-05

Community-based design and evaluation of a Conversational Agent to Promote SARS-COV2 Vaccination in Black Churches
04/23/2021 - 01/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Northeastern University NIH NIMHD
5R01MD016882-02

Thalamo-cortical circuitry in PVL
09/01/2020 - 10/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary NIH NEI
5R01EY030877-03

Meeting the Challenges of COVID-19 by Expanding the Reach of Palliative Care: Proactive Advance Care Planning with Videos for the Elderly and all Patients with Dementia
05/01/2021 - 08/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIA
5R01AG072911-02

I kua na'u "Let Me Carry Out Your Last Wishes" Advance Care Planning for Native Hawaiian Elders
03/29/2021 - 08/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NINR
5R01NR018400-03

Subfertility and Assisted Conception Study of Parent and Child Health Outcomes
10/01/2018 - 03/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic NIH NICHD
5R01HD067270-11

Conversational Agents to Improve Quality of life in palliative care
04/22/2016 - 02/28/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NINR
5R01NR016131-05

Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Mothers with Depression: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Two Care C
05/01/2017 - 12/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Patient-Cnt.Out. Res


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  1. Lakin JR, Zupanc SN, Lindvall C, Moseley ET, Das S, Sciacca K, Cabral HJ, Burns EA, Carney MT, Itty J, Lopez S, Emmert K, Martin NJ, Lambert S, Polo J, Sanghani S, Dugas JN, Gomez M, Winter MR, Wang N, Gabry-Kalikow S, Dobie A, Amshoff M, Cucinotta T, Joel M, Caruso LB, Ramirez AM, Salerno K, Ogunneye Q, Henault L, Davis AD, Volandes A, Paasche-Orlow MK. Study protocol for Video Images about Decisions to Improve Ethical Outcomes with Palliative Care Educators (VIDEO-PCE): a pragmatic stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of older patients admitted to the hospital. BMJ Open. 2022 Jul 25; 12(7):e065236.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35879001; PMCID: PMC9328081; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-065236;
     
  2. Rajabiun S, Xiao V, Bak S, Robbins C, Casanova N, Cabral HJ, Lemon SC, Haas JS, Freund KM, Battaglia T. Using community-engaged methods to develop a study protocol for a cost analysis of a multi-site patient navigation intervention for breast cancer care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Jul 08; 22(1):881.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35804359; PMCID: PMC9264587; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-022-08192-y;
     
  3. Sampson L, Cabral HJ, Rosellini AJ, Gradus JL, Cohen GH, Fink DS, King AP, Liberzon I, Galea S. Stressful life events and trajectories of depression symptoms in a U.S. military cohort. Sci Rep. 2022 Jun 30; 12(1):11026.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35773360; PMCID: PMC9246834; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-14496-0;
     
  4. Lightner JS, Cabral HJ, Flaherty J, Silmi KP, Guidry J, Kresiberg A, Brooks RA, Byrne TH, Rajabiun S. Does HIV Stigma Predict Social Networks Over Time: A Latent Growth Curve Analysis. AIDS Behav. 2022 Nov; 26(11):3667-3678. PMID: 35687188
     
  5. Borrelli B, Endrighi R, Jurasic MM, Hernandez H, Jones E, Ospina J, Cabral HJ, Quintiliani LM, Werntz S. A smoking cessation induction intervention via virtual reality headset during a dental cleaning: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2022 May 31; 22(1):1074.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35641925; PMCID: PMC9158367; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-13427-y;
     
  6. Mitchell SE, Reichert M, Howard JM, Krizman K, Bragg A, Huffaker M, Parker K, Cawley M, Roberts HW, Sung Y, Brown J, Culpepper L, Cabral HJ, Jack BW. Reducing Readmission of Hospitalized Patients With Depressive Symptoms: A Randomized Trial. Ann Fam Med. 2022 May-Jun; 20(3):246-254.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35606137; PMCID: PMC9199049; DOI: 10.1370/afm.2801;
     
  7. Zhou TJ, LaValley MP, Nelson KP, Cabral HJ, Massaro JM. Calculating power for the Finkelstein and Schoenfeld test statistic for a composite endpoint with two components. Stat Med. 2022 Jul 30; 41(17):3321-3335.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35486817
     
  8. Stern JE, Liu CL, Cui X, Cabral HJ, Farland LV, Coddington C, Diop H. Assisted reproductive technology treatment increases obstetric and neonatal risks over that of the underlying infertility diagnosis. Fertil Steril. 2022 Jun; 117(6):1223-1234. PMID: 35397876; PMCID: PMC9149058; DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2022.02.009;
     
  9. Fraiman YS, Cheston CC, Cabral HJ, Allen C, Asnes AG, Barrett JT, Batra M, Bernstein W, Bleeker T, Dietz PM, Lewis J, Li ST, Ma TM, Mahan JD, Michelson CD, Poynter SE, Vining MA, Watson K, Sox CM. Effect of a Novel Mindfulness Curriculum on Burnout During Pediatric Internship: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Apr 01; 176(4):365-372.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35072694; PMCID: PMC8787682; DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.5740;
     
  10. Jurasic MM, Gibson G, Orner MB, Wehler CJ, Jones JA, Cabral HJ. Topical Fluoride Effectiveness in High Caries Risk Adults. J Dent Res. 2022 Jul; 101(8):898-904.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35264049; PMCID: PMC9266354; DOI: 10.1177/00220345221081524;
     
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Bar chart showing 374 publications over 35 distinct years, with a maximum of 30 publications in 2016

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2019 Publons Peer Review Award, top 1% of peer reviewers
2018 Publons Peer Review Award, top 1% of peer reviewers
2017 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
2017 Publons Peer Review Award, Top 1% of peer reviewers
2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2015 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2011 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2010 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
1995 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
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