Jing Cheng, MD, MS, PhD

SchoolUCSF School of Dentistry
DepartmentPreventive & Restor Dent Sci
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
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    NIDCR2012 - 2014Project PI on Mediation Analysis in Dental Studies
    American Statistical Association Statistics in Epidemiology Section2012Program Chair Elected
    NIMH2011 - 2013UCSF PI on Instrument variable methods for longitudinal discrete data
    University of Pennsylvania2007Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation
    International Biometric Society2005ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award
    University of Pennsylvania2002GSK Scholarship Award
    Cornell University2002Richard Barnes Fellowship
    Cornell University2000Vincent Woo J.P. Fellowship
    Cornell University1999Marion Fish Cox Fellowship
    West China University of Medical Sciences1994University Outstanding Graduating Senior
    West China University of Medical Sciences1991 - 1993University Outstanding Student

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    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.

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    1. Cheng J, Cheng N.F., Guo Z., Gregorich S.E., Ismail A.I., Gansky S.A. (2017). . Mediation analysis for count and zero-inflated count data. Statistical Methods in Medical Research. 2017; DOI: 10.1177/0962280216686131.
    2. White J.M., Jenson L.E., Gansky S.A., Walsh C.J., Accurso B.T., Vaderhobli R.M., Kalenderian E., Walji M.F., and Cheng J. (2016). Dental student clinical experience across three curricula at one institution. Journal of Dental Education, in press. 2016.
    3. Braun PA, Quissell DO, Henderson WG, Bryant LL, Gregorich SE, George C, Toledo N, Kudeii D, Smith V, Johs N, Cheng J, Cheng NF, Santos W, Batliner T, Wilson A, Brega A, Roan R, Lind K, Tiwari T, Shain S, Schaeffer G, Harper M, Manson SM, Albino J. (2016). A Cluster-Randomized, Community-Based, Tribally-Delivered Oral Health Promotion Trial in Navajo Head Start Children. Journal of Dental Research, in press. 2016.
    4. Chaffee B.W., Featherstone J.D.B., Gansky S.A., Cheng J, and Zhan L. (2016). Caries Risk Assessment Item Importance: Risk Designation and Caries Status in Children under Age 6. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. 2016; 2(1):131-142.
    5. Taguri M., Featherstone J., and Cheng J. (2015). Causal mediation analysis with multiple causally non-ordered mediators. Statistical Methods in Medical Research, In Press. 2015.
    6. Chaffee BW, Cheng J, Featherstone JD. (2015). Non-operative anti-caries agents and dental caries increment among adults at high caries risk: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Oral Health. 2015; 15.
    7. Chaffee BW, Cheng J, Featherstone JD. (2015). Baseline caries risk assessment as a predictor of caries incidence. Journal of Dentistry. 2015; 43:518-524.
    8. Cheng J, Chaffee BW, Cheng NF, Gansky SA, Featherstone JD. (2015). Understanding treatment effect mechanisms of the CAMBRA randomized trial in reducing caries increment. Journal of Dental Research. 2015; 94(1):44-51.
    9. Guo Z., Cheng J, Lorch S.A., and Small D.S. (2014). Using an instrumental variable to test for unmeasured confounding. Statistics in Medicine . 2014; 33(20):3528-3546.
    10. Baiocchi M., Cheng J . Tutorial in biostatistics: instrumental variable methods for causal inference. Statistics in Medicine. 2014; 33(13):2297-2340.
    11. Small, D., Cheng, J., Halloran, M.E., Rosenbaum, P. (2013). Case definition and design sensitivity. Journal of the American Statistical Association,. 2013; 108:1457-1468.
    12. 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). 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,. 2013; 26:1425-1432.
    13. Neidlinger, N., Gleason, B., and Cheng, J. (2013). Honoring deceased donors with a unique family-designed statement followed by a moment of silence: effect on donation outcomes. Progress in Transplantation. 2013; 23(2):188-193.
    14. Golinveaux J., Gerbert B., Cheng J, Duderstadt K., Alkon A., Mullen S., Lin B., Miller A., and Zhan L. (2013). . Oral health education for pediatric nurse practitioner students. Journal of Dental Education,. 2013; 77(5):581-590.
    15. Le MT, Lobmeyer MT, Campbell M, Cheng J, Wang Z, Turner ST, Chapman AB, Boerwinkle E, Gums JG, Gong Y, Johnson RJ, Johnson JA. Impact of genetic polymorphisms of SLC2A2, SLC2A5, and KHK on metabolic phenotypes in hypertensive individuals. PLoS One. 2013; 8(1):e52062. PMID: 23341889; PMCID: PMC3544854.
    16. Zhan, L., Cheng, J., Chang, P., Ngo, M., DenBesten, P.K., Hoover, C.I., and Featherstone, J.D.B. (2012). Effect of xylitol on cariogenic bacteria and caries in young children. Journal of Dental Research 91: S85-S90. 2012.
    17. 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). Functional remineralization of dentin lesions using polymer-induced liquid-prcursor process. Plos One 7: e38852. 2012.
    18. 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). Diet type and changes in food cravings following weight loss: findings from the POUNDS LOST Trial. Eating and Weighting Disorders. 2012; (17):e101-e108.
    19. 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). 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. 2012.
    20. Shenal, B.V., Radonovich, L.J., Cheng, J., Hodgson, M., and Bender, B.S. (2012). Discomfort and exertion associated with prolonged wear of respiratory protection in a health care setting. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2012; 9(1):59-64.
    21. Nie H, Cheng J, Small D. (2011). Inference for the effect of treatment on survival probability in randomized trials with noncompliance and administrative censoring. Biometrics. 2011; 67(4):1397-1405.
    22. Shen, T., Shimahara, E., Cheng, J., and Capasso, R. Sleep medicine clinical and surgical training during otolaryngology residency: A national survey of otolaryngology residency programs. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2011; 145(6):1043-1048.
    23. Anton SD, Manini TM, Milsom VA, Dubyak P, Cesari M, Cheng J, Daniels MJ, Marsiske M, Pahor M, Leeuwenburgh C, Perri MG. Effects of a weight loss plus exercise program on physical function in overweight, older women: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Interv Aging. 2011; 6:141-9. PMID: 21753869; PMCID: PMC3131984.
    24. Cheng, J. (2011). Response to Reader's Reaction: Discussion on various estimators for causal effect in randomized trials with noncompliance. Biometrics. 2011.
    25. Ramos-Gomez FJ, Cheng J, Gansky SA, Santo W, Hoover CI, Featherstone JDB, Weintraub JA. . Salivary bacterial risk markers of subsequent early childhood caries. IADR/AADR/CADR 89th General Session and Exhibition. 2011.
    26. Peterson, C.L., Cheng, J., Kautz, S.A., and Neptune, R.R. . Leg extension is an important predictor of paretic leg propulsion in hemiparetic walking. Gait Posture. 2010; 32:451-456.
    27. Cheng, J., Edwards, L.J., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Komro, K., and Muller, K. Real longitudinal data analysis for real people: Building a good enough mixed model. Statistics in Medicine. 2010; 29:504-520.
    28. Tellman N., Litt E.R., Knapp C., Eagan A., Cheng, J., Radonovich L.M. (2010). The effects of the HIPAA privacy rule on influenza research using geographic information system (GIS). Geospatial Health. 2010; 5:3-9.
    29. Triggs W.J., Ricciuti, N., Ward, H.E., Cheng, J., Bowers, D., Goodman, W.K., Kluger, B.M., and Nadeau, S.E. (2010). . Right and left dorsolateral prefrontal rTMS treatment of refractory depression: a randomized, sham-controlled trial. Psychiatry Research. 2010; 178:467-474.
    30. Small, D., Cheng, J., Ten Have, T.R. Evaluating the efficacy of a malaria vaccine. The International Journal of Biostatistics. 2010; 6(2):Article 4.
    31. Bowen, L.N., Subramony, S.H., Cheng, J., Wu, S., and Okun, M.S. (2010). Elementary My Dear Dr. Allen: The case of barium toxicity and Pa Ping. Neurology. 2010; 74:1546-1549.
    32. Baccaglini, L., Shuster, J.J., Cheng, J., Theriaque, D.W., Schoenbach, V.J., Tomar, S., and Poole, C. (2010). Design and statistical analyses of oral medicine studies: common pitfalls. Oral Diseases. 2010; 16:233-241.
    33. Radonovich, L., Robert, Y., Cheng, J., Bradley B. (2010). Diminished speech intelligibility associated with respirators worn by healthcare workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2010; 7:63-70.
    34. Soltanian, A.R., Faghihzadeh, S., Gerami, A., Mehdibarzi, D., and Cheng, J. (2010). Estimation of treatment effects in crossover clinical trials with noncompliance. Iranian Journal of Epidemiology. 2010; 6(1):18-25.
    35. Cheng, J., Qin, J., and Zhang, B. Semiparametric estimation and inference for distributional and general treatment effects. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology). 2009; 71:881-904.
    36. Cheng, J. Estimation and inference for the causal effect of receiving treatment on a multinomial outcome. Biometrics. 2009; 65:96-103.
    37. Radonovich, L.J., Cheng, J., Shenal, B.V., Yanke, R., Hodgson, M., and Bender, B.S. . Respirator tolerability in healthcare workers. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2009; 301:36-38.
    38. Cheng, J., Small, D., Tan, Z., and Ten Have, T. Efficient nonparametric estimation of causal effects in randomized trials with noncompliance. Biometrika. 2009; 96:19-36.
    39. Small, D., and Cheng, J. Discussion of ``Identifiability and Estimation of Causal Effects in Randomized Trials with Noncompliance and Completely Non-ignorable Missing Data.''. Biometrics. 2009; 65:682-686.
    40. Soltanian, A.R., Faghihzadeh, S., Mehdibarzi, D., Gerami, A., Nasery, M., and Cheng, J. (2009). Assessment of marhame-mafasel pomade effect on knee osteoarthritis with non-compliance. Journal of Research in Health Sciences. 2009; 9:19-24.
    41. Rowe, M., McCrae, C., Campbell, J., Horne, C., Tiegs, T., Lehman, B., and Cheng, J. (2008). Actigraphy in older adults: comparison of means and variability of three different aggregates of measurement. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2008; 6:127-145.
    42. Rowe, M., Campbell, J., McCrae, C., Pe Benito, A., 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. 2008; 4:362-369.
    43. Apter, A., Cheng, J., Small, D., Bennett, I.M., Albert, C., Fein, D.G., George, M., and Van Horne, M. (2007). Numerical skills and asthma outcomes. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2007; 119(1):DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2006.11.52.
    44. Cheng, J. and Small, D. (2006). Bounds on causal effects in three-arm trials with noncompliance. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology). 2006; 68:815-836.
    45. Small, D., Ten Have, T., Joffe, M. and Cheng, J. (2006). Random effects logistic models for analyzing efficacy of a longitudinal randomized treatment with non-adherence. Statistics in Medicine. 2006; 25:1981-2007.
    46. Apter, A., Cheng, J., Small, D., Albert, C., Fein, D., Bennett, I., George, M., Van Horne, M. and Chang, D. (2006). Asthma numeracy skill and health literacy. Journal of Asthma. 2006; 43:705-710.
    47. Yang, D., Cheng, J. and An, Z. (1999). . The principles and methods to establish the diagnosis criteria of primary osteoporosis. Chinese Journal of Osteoporosis. 1999; 5:36-40.
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