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, a co-director of the Biostatistics Graduate Program since 2003, and 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. 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 290 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 Institute of Community Health in Malden, 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 risk prediction in patients with COPD, a nationally and internationally employed tool for risk assessment that has been cited in the literature over 2,000 times to-date. Dr. Cabral received the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2017 from the School of Public Health.

Boston Medical Center



2017 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
2017 Publons Peer Review Award
2015-2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2010-2011 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
1995 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award


Improving Preterm Outcomes by Safeguarding Maternal Mental Health
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NICHD
4R01HD072069-05

Translating Research Into Practice: A Regional Collaborative to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer Care
09/01/2017 - 05/31/2019 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NCATS
5U01TR002070-02

Subfertility and Assisted Conception Study of Parent and Child Health Outcomes
10/01/2018 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic NIH NICHD
6R01HD067270-09

Subfertility and Assisted Conception Study of Parent and Child Health Outcomes
06/23/2016 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
Trustees of Dartmouth College dba Dartmouth College NIH NIMHD
5R01HD067270-08

Conversational Agents to Improve Quality of life in palliative care
04/22/2016 - 02/28/2019 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NINR
5R01NR016131-03

Refining Conceptual Models for the Role of Health Literacy in Health Outcomes
02/01/2014 - 07/31/2016 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NHLBI
5R01HL116630-03

Preventing Maternal Depression in Head Start
08/01/2010 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIMH


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Rhode Island Senior Citizens
02/15/2003 - 08/31/2004 (PI)
Roger Williams Hospital HHS CDC




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  1. Ragavan MI, Griffith K, Bair-Merritt M, Cabral HJ, Kistin CJ. First-Generation Immigrant Mothers Report Less Spanking of 1-Year-Old Children Compared with Mothers of Other Immigrant Generations. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Apr; 23(4):496-503.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30600510.
     
  2. Evans L, Charns MP, Cabral HJ, Fabian MP. Change in geographic access to community health centers after Health Center Program expansion. Health Serv Res. 2019 Apr 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30937888.
     
  3. Short MI, Cabral HJ, Weinberg JM, LaValley MP, Massaro JM. A novel confidence interval for a single proportion in the presence of clustered binary outcome data. Stat Methods Med Res. 2019 Jan 23; 962280218823231.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30672389.
     
  4. Barthelemy OJ, Richardson MA, Heeren TC, Chen CA, Liebschutz JM, Forman LS, Cabral HJ, Frank DA, Rose-Jacobs R. Do Differences in Learning Performance Precede or Follow Initiation of Marijuana Use? J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2019 Jan; 80(1):5-14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30807269.
     
  5. Radwin LE, Cabral HJ, Seibert MN, Stolzmann K, Meterko M, Evans L, Barker A, Bokhour B. Patient-Centered Care in Primary Care Scale: Pilot Development and Psychometric Assessment. J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Jan/Mar; 34(1):34-39.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30045359.
     
  6. Barlam TF, Soria-Saucedo R, Ameli O, Cabral HJ, Kaplan WA, Kazis LE. Retrospective analysis of long-term gastrointestinal symptoms after Clostridium difficile infection in a nonelderly cohort. PLoS One. 2018; 13(12):e0209152.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30557401.
     
  7. Bagley SM, Cabral H, Saia K, Brown A, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Walley AY, Rose-Jacobs R. Frequency and associated risk factors of non-fatal overdose reported by pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2018 Dec 14; 13(1):26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30547833.
     
  8. Rose-Jacobs R, Trevino-Talbot M, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Cabral HJ, Vibbert M, Saia K, Wachman EM. Could prenatal food insecurity influence neonatal abstinence syndrome severity? Addiction. 2019 Feb; 114(2):337-343.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30422365.
     
  9. Mott MM, McCrory MA, Bandini LG, Cabral HJ, Daniels SR, Singer MR, Moore LL. Egg Intake Has No Adverse Association With Blood Lipids Or Glucose In Adolescent Girls. J Am Coll Nutr. 2019 Feb; 38(2):119-124.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30280988.
     
  10. Silverstein M, Diaz-Linhart Y, Cabral H, Beardslee W, Broder-Fingert S, Kistin CJ, Patts G, Feinberg E. Engaging Mothers With Depressive Symptoms in Care: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial in Head Start. Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Nov 01; 69(11):1175-1180.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30256184.
     
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Bar chart showing 292 publications over 32 distinct years, with a maximum of 30 publications in 2016

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