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 has been a co-director of the Boston University Biostatistics Graduate Program since 2003 and 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. 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 over 320 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, 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 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. 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 2,230 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) and the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Reflecting his breadth of experience as a peer reviewer, he has been 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 roles in the Biostatistics Graduate Program and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Dr. Cabral has served Boston University as a member and former 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.

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


Translating Research Into Practice: A Regional Collaborative to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer Care
09/01/2017 - 05/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NCATS
5U01TR002070-02

Subfertility and Assisted Conception Study of Parent and Child Health Outcomes
10/01/2018 - 03/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic NIH NICHD
5R01HD067270-11

Conversational Agents to Improve Quality of life in palliative care
04/22/2016 - 02/28/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NINR
5R01NR016131-04

Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Mothers with Depression: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Two Care C
05/01/2017 - 12/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Patient-Cnt.Out. Res


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

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

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

Preventing Maternal Depression in Head Start
08/01/2010 - 04/30/2015 (Subcontract 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. Feinberg E, Augustyn M, Broder-Fingert S, Bennett A, Weitzman C, Kuhn J, Hickey E, Chu A, Levinson J, Sandler Eilenberg J, Silverstein M, Cabral HJ, Patts G, Diaz-Linhart Y, Rosenberg J, Miller JS, Guevara JP, Fenick AM, Blum NJ. Effect of Family Navigation on Diagnostic Ascertainment Among Children at Risk for Autism: A Randomized Clinical Trial From DBPNet. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 Jan 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33427861
     
  2. Peeler CE, Gorgy M, Sadlak N, Sathe S, Tamashunas N, Fiorello MG, Cabral H, Paasche-Orlow MK, Weinstein ZM. A Pilot Study of Automated Pupillometry in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. J Addict Med. 2020 Dec 15; Publish Ahead of Print.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33323697; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000794;
     
  3. Farland LV, Stern JE, Hwang SS, Liu CL, Cabral H, Knowlton R, Gershman ST, Coddington CC, Missmer SA. Early-life cancer, infertility, and risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes: a registry linkage study in Massachusetts. Cancer Causes Control. 2021 Feb; 32(2):169-180. PMID: 33247354
     
  4. Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Gopal D, Cabral H, Farland LV, Stern JE. Sex differences in infant health following ART-treated, subfertile, and fertile deliveries. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2020 Nov 13. PMID: 33185819
     
  5. Rajabiun S, Davis-Plourde K, Tinsley M, Quinn EK, Borne D, Maskay MH, Giordano TP, Cabral HJ. Pathways to housing stability and viral suppression for people living with HIV/AIDS: Findings from the Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-positive Homeless Populations initiative. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0239190. PMID: 33001986
     
  6. Jack BW, Bickmore T, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Reichert M, Julce C, Sidduri N, Martin-Howard J, Zhang Z, Woodhams E, Fernandez J, Loafman M, Cabral HJ. Improving the health of young African American women in the preconception period using health information technology: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Digit Health. 2020 Sep; 2(9):e475-e485.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33328115
     
  7. Jia J, Moore LL, Cabral H, Hanchate A, LaRochelle MR. Changes to dietary and health outcomes following implementation of the 2012 updated US Department of Agriculture school nutrition standards: analysis using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2016. Public Health Nutr. 2020 11; 23(16):3016-3024.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32723401
     
  8. Dandachi D, de Groot A, Rajabiun S, Rajashekara S, Davila JA, Quinn E, Cabral HJ, Wilson IB, Giordano TP. Reliability and Validity of a Brief Self-Report Adherence Measure among People with HIV Experiencing Homelessness and Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders. AIDS Behav. 2020 Jul 14. PMID: 32666245
     
  9. Stern JE, Liu CL, Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Diop H, Cabral H. Contributions to prematurity of maternal health conditions, subfertility, and assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2020 Oct; 114(4):828-836. PMID: 32624216
     
  10. Samman M, Kaye E, Cabral H, Scott T, Sohn W. The effect of diet drinks on caries among US children: Cluster analysis. J Am Dent Assoc. 2020 Jul; 151(7):502-509.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32593352
     
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Bar chart showing 335 publications over 34 distinct years, with a maximum of 30 publications in 2016

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