Debbie Cheng, ScD

CARE Unit Faculty


Professor of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health

Crosstown Center, 801 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02118


Dr. Cheng is a Professor of Biostatistics and has been on the faculty at Boston University School of Public Health since 2002.  Her research interests include longitudinal data analyses and the design and analysis of clinical trials.  Dr. Cheng collaborates with investigators on several projects in the areas of substance abuse and HIV research.  She is Principle Investigator of the Biostatistics and Data Management Core for the URBAN ARCH Consortium, a consortium of studies designed to examine the consequences of alcohol on HIV disease progression.  Dr. Cheng also serves as lead statistician on several other studies including: a randomized clinical trial of a behavioral and structural intervention designed to motivate HIV-infected narcology patients  to engage in HIV medical care (LINC Study) and a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of two models of brief intervention for decreasing drug use in primary care patients (ASPIRE study).

Boston University faculty appointment: 2002

Areas of Specialization

  • Biostatistics
  • Methods for longitudinal data analysis
  • Design of clinical trials

Education and Training

ScD (Biostatistics), Harvard University, Boston, MA
BA (Industrial Engineering), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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