Timothy C. Heeren, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics

Timothy Heeren
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Carleton College, BA


  • Published on 10/4/2023

    Keating D, Krengel M, Dugas J, Toomey R, Chao L, Steele L, Janulewicz LP, Heeren T, Quinn E, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Cognitive decrements in 1991 Gulf War veterans: associations with Gulf War illness and neurotoxicant exposures in the Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN) cohorts. Environ Health. 2023 Oct 04; 22(1):68. PMID: 37794452.

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  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Poblacion A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Frank DA, Esteves G, Rateau LJ, Heeren TC, Coleman S, Black MM, Cutts DB, Lê-Scherban F, Ochoa ER, Sandel M, Sheward R, Cook J. Development and Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale for Use in Clinical and Research Settings in the United States. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Oct; 123(10S):S89-S102.e4. PMID: 37730309.

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  • Published on 6/12/2023

    Hevel DJ, Henshaw M, Endrighi R, Adams WG, Heeren T, Jankowski A, Borrelli B. The differential predictive utility of two caregiver-targeted self-efficacy measures to promote oral health of underserved children. Health Psychol. 2023 Oct; 42(10):735-745. PMID: 37307330.

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  • Published on 6/2/2023

    Sy KTL, Horváth-Puhó E, Sørensen HT, Szépligeti SK, Heeren TC, Thomsen RW, Fox MP, Horsburgh CR. Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Attributable to Tuberculosis: A Microsimulation Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Jun 02; 192(6):908-915. PMID: 36813297.

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  • Published on 5/18/2023

    Klepp TD, Heeren TC, Winter MR, Lloyd-Travaglini CA, Magane KM, Romero-Rodríguez E, Kim TW, Walley AY, Mason T, Saitz R. Cannabis use frequency and pain interference among people with HIV. AIDS Care. 2023 Aug; 35(8):1235-1242. PMID: 37201209.

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  • Published on 4/7/2023

    Lê-Scherban F, Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Coleman S, Rateau L, Cutts D, Black M, Heeren T, Frank DA. Association Between Material Hardship in Families With Young Children and Federal Relief Program Participation by Race and Ethnicity and Maternal Nativity. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Apr 07; 4(4):e230508. PMID: 37083823.

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  • Published on 2/21/2023

    Chiu LS, Huang KZ, Xu X, Heeren T, Haque R, Schroy PS. Initial Stage of Disease Similar for White and Black Patients With Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer at a Safety-Net Hospital. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2023 Feb 21. PMID: 36806090.

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  • Published on 2/17/2023

    Bertholet N, Saitz R, Hahn JA, Heeren TC, Emenyonu NI, Freiberg M, Winter MR, Kim TW, Magane KM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Fatch R, Bryant K, Forman LS, Rateau L, Blokhina E, Muyindike WR, Gnatienko N, Samet JH. Impact of alcohol use disorder severity on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) viral suppression and CD4 count in three international cohorts of people with HIV. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2023 Apr; 47(4):704-712. PMID: 36799302.

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  • Published on 2/7/2023

    Parker MG, de Cuba SE, Rateau LJ, Shea M, Sandel MT, Frank DA, Cutts DB, Heeren T, Lê-Scherban F, Black MM, Ochoa ER, Rose-Jacobs R, Garg A. Associations of household unmet basic needs and health outcomes among very low birth weight children. J Perinatol. 2023 Mar; 43(3):364-370. PMID: 36750715.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Bertholet N, Winter MR, Heeren T, Walley AY, Saitz R. Polysubstance Use Patterns Associated With HIV Disease Severity Among Those With Substance Use Disorders: A Latent Class Analysis. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2023 Jan; 84(1):79-88. PMID: 36799677.

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