Jing Cheng, MD, MS, PhD

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

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 and is experienced in working with investigators in various fields of health sciences including dentistry and oral diseases, biomedicine, infectious diseases, pharmacogenomics, nursing, and public policy research. Dr. Cheng is currently a principal investigator (PI) on mediation analysis for dental studies at CANDO, a project to develop statistical methods to better understand how mechanisms of an intervention function and which components are more likely to succeed or fail. This research can help to understand the causal pathway/mechanism of an intervention and improve future programs by tailoring specific components of an intervention.

Dr. Cheng is also a statistician at CANDO’s Data Coordinating Center (DCC) and UCSF CTSI, where she works with investigators on study design, power analysis, randomization, statistical analysis, and the preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts.

Dr. Cheng's research interests include causal inference (instrument variables and propensity scores) with applications in clinical trials with complex issues, e.g., noncompliance, mediation with intermediate variables (biomarkers, attitude, knowledge, behaviors etc.), missing data, and outcome 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.


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


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


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).