Jing Cheng, MD, MS, PhD

Professor
Preventive & Restor Dent Sci
+1 415 502-0129

Dr. Cheng is Professor of Biostatistics within the UCSF Division of Oral Epidemiology & Dental Public Health and Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a faculty member in the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Oral Health (CAN DO), Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Clinical & Transnational Science Institute (CTSI). Dr. Cheng is a well-known biostatistician and 2019 Chair-Elected of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Epidemiology. Dr. Cheng is Associate Editor and on editorial board of several scientific journals, and has been invited to provide scientific review for 30 scientific journals and NIH/NIDCR special review panels.

Dr. Cheng earned her medical degree in China, M.S. in nutrition at Cornell University in 2002, and Ph.D. in biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Before joining UCSF School of Dentistry in 2010, Dr. Cheng was an Assistant Professor in Biostatistics at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Cheng develops new statistical methods for complex problems in randomized trials and observational studies. Dr. Cheng is principal investigator (PI) on various projects, developing statistical methods to better understand the effects of a treatment or program on health outcomes in studies with challenging problems and the underlying mechanisms of the treatment via biomarkers, behaviors and social factors. Dr. Cheng's researches provide investigators evidence to understand the causal pathway/mechanism of the treatment and improve future programs by tailoring specific components of the treatment in specific populations.

Dr. Cheng also works with investigators in various fields of health sciences, including dentistry and oral diseases, biomedicine, cancer, infectious diseases, pharmacogenomics, nursing, public policy research, and tobacco control on study design, power analysis, randomization, statistical analysis, and the preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts.

Dr. Cheng's specific research interests include causal inference (instrumental variables and propensity scores) with applications in clinical trials with complex issues, e.g., noncompliance, mediation through intermediate variables (biomarkers, attitude, knowledge, behaviors etc.), missing data, and outcomes only observed in “survivors” etc., and in observational studies with measured and unmeasured confounding, methods for genetic association studies, categorical data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, survey design and analysis, and nonparametric statistics.

Publications: 

Weight history is associated with illness severity in patients with atypical anorexia nervosa

Pediatrics

Garber, A.K., Accurso, E.C., Adams, S.H., Buckelew, S.M., Cheng, J., Kapphahn, C.J., Kreiter, A., Grange, D.L., Machen, V.I., Moscicki, A.B., Saffran, K., Sy, A., Wilson, L., and Golden, N.H. (2019).

Constructing matched groups in dental observational health disparity studies for causal effects

JDR Clinical & Translational Research. To appear.

Cheng J, Gregorich SE, Gansky SA, Fisher-Owens SA, Kottek AM, White JM, and Mertz EA. (2019).

Divergent 6-month functional recovery trajectories and predictors after traumatic brain injury: Novel insights from the COBRIT study

Journal of Neurotrauma. In press.

Gardner R, Cheng J, Ferguson A, Boylan R, Boscardin W, Zafonte R, Manley GT, Bagiella E, Ansel B, Novack T, Friedewald W, Hesdorffer D, Timmons S, Jallo J, Eisenberg H, Hart T, Ricker J, Diaz-Arrastia R, Merchant R, Temkin N, Melton S, Dikmen S, and Okonkwo D. (2019).

Predictors of smokeless tobacco susceptibility, initiation, and progression over time among adolescents in a rural cohort

Substance use & misuse

Chaffee BW, Couch ET, Urata J, Gansky SA, Essex G, and Cheng J. (2019).

Mediation analysis for count and zero-in?ated count data

Statistical Methods in Medical Research

Cheng, J., Cheng, N.F., Guo, Z., Gregorich, S., Ismail, A.I., Gansky, S.A. (2017).

Cigarette and smokeless tobacco perception differences of rural male youth. Accepted

Tobacco regulatory science

Chaffee, B. and Cheng, J. (2018).

Understanding distributional and subgroup causal e?ects with the instrumental propensity score

American journal of epidemiology

Cheng, J. and Lin, W. (2018).

Causal mediation analysis with multiple causally non-ordered mediators

Statistical Methods in Medical Research

Taguri, M., Featherstone, J., and Cheng, J. (2015).

Mediation analysis for count and zero-inflated count data without sequential ignorability and its application in dental studies

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C. Accepted.

Guo, Z., Small, D.S., Gansky, S.A., Cheng, J. (2017).

Dental student clinical experience across three curricula at one institution

Journal of Dental Education

White, J.M., Jenson, L.E., Gansky, S.A., Walsh, C.J., Accurso, B.T., Vaderhobli, R.M., Kalen- derian, E., Walji, M.F., and Cheng J. (2017).

Evidence that malaria parasitemia plays a pathogenic role in retinopathy-negative cerebral malaria: A natural experiment

eLife

Small, D.S., Taylor, T.E., Postels, D.G., Beare, N.A.V., Cheng, J., MacCormick, I., and Seydel, K.B. (2017).

A Cluster-Randomized, Community-Based, Tribally-Delivered Oral Health Promotion Trial in Navajo Head Start Children

Journal of Dental Research

Braun, P.A., Quissell, D.O., Henderson, W.G., Bryant, L.L., Gregorich, S.E., George, C., Toledo, N., Kudeii, D., Smith, V., Johs, N., Cheng, J., Cheng, N.F., Santos, W., Batliner, T., Wilson, A., Brega, A., Roan, R., Lind, K., Tiwari, T., Shain, S., Schae?er, G., Harper, M., Manson, S.M., and Albino, J. (2016).

Caries Risk Assessment Item Importance: Risk Designation and Caries Status in Children under Age 6

JDR Clinical & Translational Research

Chaffee B.W., Featherstone J.D.B., Gansky S.A., Cheng J., and Zhan L. (2016).

Baseline caries risk assessment as a predictor of caries incidence

Journal of dentistry

Chaffee BW, Cheng J, Featherstone JD. (2015).

Understanding treatment effect mechanisms of the CAMBRA randomized trial in reducing caries increment

Journal of Dental Research.

Cheng J, Chaffee BW, Cheng NF, Gansky SA, Featherstone JD. (2015).

Assessing fit at the implant-abutment junction with a radiographic device that does not require access to the implant body

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Lin KC, Wadhwani CPK, Cheng J, Sharma A, Finzen F. (2014).

Using an instrumental variable to test for unmeasured confounding

Statistics in Medicine

Guo Z., Cheng J., Lorch S.A., and Small D.S. (2014)

Tutorial in biostatistics: instrumental variable methods for causal inference

Statistics in Medicine

Baiocchi M., Cheng J. and Small D.S. (2014).

Case definition and design sensitivity

Journal of the American Statistical Association,

Small, D., Cheng, J., Halloran, M.E., Rosenbaum, P. (2013).

The alternative lengthening of telomere phenotype is significantly associated with loss of ATRX expression in high-grade pediatric and adult astrocytomas: A multi-institutional study of 214 astrocytomas

Modern Pathology,

Abedalthagafi, M., Phillips, J., Kim, G., Marshall, R., Croul, S., Santi, M., Cheng, J., Zhou, S., Sullivan, L., Martinez-Lage, M., Judkins, A.R., and Perry, A. (2013).

Oral health education for pediatric nurse practitioner students

Journal of Dental Education,

Golinveaux J., Gerbert B., Cheng J., Duderstadt K., Alkon A., Mullen S., Lin B., Miller A., and Zhan L. (2013).

Impact of genetic polymorphisms of SLC2A2, SLC2A5, and KHK on metabolic phenotypes in hypertensive individuals.

PloS one

Le MT, Lobmeyer MT, Campbell M, Cheng J, Wang Z, Turner ST, Chapman AB, Boerwinkle E, Gums JG, Gong Y, Johnson RJ, Johnson JA

Effect of xylitol on cariogenic bacteria and caries in young children

Journal of Dental Research 91: S85-S90.

Zhan, L., Cheng, J., Chang, P., Ngo, M., DenBesten, P.K., Hoover, C.I., and Featherstone, J.D.B. (2012).

Functional remineralization of dentin lesions using polymer-induced liquid-prcursor process

Plos One 7: e38852

Burwell A.K., Thula-Mata T., Gower L.B., Habeliz S., Kurylo M., Ho S.P., Chien Y., Cheng J., Cheng N.F., Gansky S.A., Marshall S.J., and Marshall G.W. (2012).

Diet type and changes in food cravings following weight loss: findings from the POUNDS LOST Trial

Eating and Weighting Disorders

Anton SD, Gallagher J, Carey VJ, Laranjo N, Cheng J, Champagne CM, Ryan DH, McManus K, Loria CM, Bray GA, Sacks FM, Williamson DA. (2012).

Effects of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose on the pharmacokinetics of fructose and acute metabolic and hemodynamic responses in healthy subjects

Metabolism, 61(5):641-651.

Le, M.T., Frye, R.F., Rivard, C.J., Cheng, J., McFann, K.K., Segal, M.S., Johnson, R.J., and Johnson, J.A. (2012).

Discomfort and exertion associated with prolonged wear of respiratory protection in a health care setting

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Shenal, B.V., Radonovich, L.J., Cheng, J., Hodgson, M., and Bender, B.S. (2012).

Sleep medicine clinical and surgical training during otolaryngology residency: A national survey of otolaryngology residency programs

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Shen, T., Shimahara, E., Cheng, J., and Capasso, R.

Effects of a weight loss plus exercise program on physical function in overweight, older women: a randomized controlled trial.

Clinical interventions in aging

Anton SD, Manini TM, Milsom VA, Dubyak P, Cesari M, Cheng J, Daniels MJ, Marsiske M, Pahor M, Leeuwenburgh C, Perri MG

Salivary bacterial risk markers of subsequent early childhood caries

IADR/AADR/CADR 89th General Session and Exhibition.

Ramos-Gomez FJ, Cheng J, Gansky SA, Santo W, Hoover CI, Featherstone JDB, Weintraub JA.

Leg extension is an important predictor of paretic leg propulsion in hemiparetic walking

Gait Posture

Peterson, C.L., Cheng, J., Kautz, S.A., and Neptune, R.R.

Real longitudinal data analysis for real people: Building a good enough mixed model

Statistics in Medicine

Cheng, J., Edwards, L.J., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Komro, K., and Muller, K.

The effects of the HIPAA privacy rule on influenza research using geographic information system (GIS)

Geospatial Health

Tellman N., Litt E.R., Knapp C., Eagan A., Cheng, J., Radonovich L.M. (2010).

Design and statistical analyses of oral medicine studies: common pitfalls

Oral Diseases

Baccaglini, L., Shuster, J.J., Cheng, J., Theriaque, D.W., Schoenbach, V.J., Tomar, S., and Poole, C. (2010).

Diminished speech intelligibility associated with respirators worn by healthcare workers

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Radonovich, L., Robert, Y., Cheng, J., Bradley B. (2010).

Elementary My Dear Dr. Allen: The case of barium toxicity and Pa Ping

Neurology

Bowen, L.N., Subramony, S.H., Cheng, J., Wu, S., and Okun, M.S. (2010).

Estimation of treatment effects in crossover clinical trials with noncompliance

Iranian Journal of Epidemiology

Soltanian, A.R., Faghihzadeh, S., Gerami, A., Mehdibarzi, D., and Cheng, J. (2010).

Evaluating the efficacy of a malaria vaccine

The International Journal of Biostatistics

Small, D., Cheng, J., Ten Have, T.R.

Right and left dorsolateral prefrontal rTMS treatment of refractory depression: a randomized, sham-controlled trial

Psychiatry Research

Triggs W.J., Ricciuti, N., Ward, H.E., Cheng, J., Bowers, D., Goodman, W.K., Kluger, B.M., and Nadeau, S.E. (2010).

Semiparametric estimation and inference for distributional and general treatment effects

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology)

Cheng, J., Qin, J., and Zhang, B.

Respirator tolerability in healthcare workers

Journal of the American Medical Association

Radonovich, L.J., Cheng, J., Shenal, B.V., Yanke, R., Hodgson, M., and Bender, B.S.

Assessment of marhame-mafasel pomade effect on knee osteoarthritis with non-compliance

Journal of Research in Health Sciences

Soltanian, A.R., Faghihzadeh, S., Mehdibarzi, D., Gerami, A., Nasery, M., and Cheng, J. (2009).

Actigraphy in older adults: comparison of means and variability of three different aggregates of measurement

Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Rowe, M., McCrae, C., Campbell, J., Horne, C., Tiegs, T., Lehman, B., and Cheng, J. (2008).

Sleep pattern differences between older adult caregivers and older adult noncaregivers using objective and subjective measures

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Rowe, M., Campbell, J., McCrae, C., Pe Benito, A., and Cheng, J. (2008).

Numerical skills and asthma outcomes

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Apter, A., Cheng, J., Small, D., Bennett, I.M., Albert, C., Fein, D.G., George, M., and Van Horne, M. (2007).

Bounds on causal effects in three-arm trials with noncompliance

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology)

Cheng, J. and Small, D. (2006)

Random effects logistic models for analyzing efficacy of a longitudinal randomized treatment with non-adherence

Statistics in Medicine

Small, D., Ten Have, T., Joffe, M. and Cheng, J. (2006)

Asthma numeracy skill and health literacy

Journal of Asthma

Apter, A., Cheng, J., Small, D., Albert, C., Fein, D., Bennett,
I., George, M., Van Horne, M. and Chang, D. (2006).

The principles and methods to establish the diagnosis criteria of primary osteoporosis

Chinese Journal of Osteoporosis

Yang, D., Cheng, J. and An, Z. (1999).