Research Summary

Dr. Cheng is a Professor in the UCSF Division of Oral Epidemiology & Dental Public Health and Division of Biostatistics. She is also the Director of Statistics and Informatics Core at Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, a member in the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO), the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Dr. Cheng is a well-known biostatistician and 2020 Chair 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, NIH/NIDCR special review panels, and NIH/CSR Clinical Oncology Study Section.


West China University of Medical Sciences, China, M.D., 06/1994, Preventive Medicine
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, M.S., 08/2002, Nutrition (minor in Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Ph.D., 08/2006, Biostatistics (minor in Epidemiology)

Honors & Awards

  • 1991-1993
    University Outstanding Student, West China University of Medical Sciences, Chengdu, China
  • 1994
    University Outstanding Graduating Senior, West China University of Medical Sciences, Chengdu, China
  • 1999
    Marion Fish Cox Fellowship, Cornell University
  • 2000
    Vincent Woo J.P. Fellowship, Cornell University
  • 2002
    Richard Barnes Fellowship, Cornell University
  • 2002
    GSK Scholarship Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2005
    International Biometrics Society ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award
  • 2007
    Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2007
    New Researcher Travel Grant, Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Selected Publications

  1. Accurso EC, Cheng J, Machen VI, Buckelew S, Kreiter A, Adams S, Le Grange D, Golden NH, Garber AK. Hospital-based higher calorie refeeding and mealtime distress in adolescents and young adults with anorexia nervosa or atypical anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2023 06; 56(6):1219-1227.  View on PubMed
  2. Mohammadi L, Han DD, Xu F, Huang A, Derakhshandeh R, Rao P, Whitlatch A, Cheng J, Keith RJ, Hamburg NM, Ganz P, Hellman J, Schick SF, Springer ML. Chronic E-Cigarette Use Impairs Endothelial Function on the Physiological and Cellular Levels. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2022 Nov; 42(11):1333-1350.  View on PubMed
  3. Santoyo-Olsson J, Lorig K, Romo EM, Luzanilla M, Ramirez GA, Cheng J, Chesla C, Covinsky KE, Karliner L, Thompson DG, Fahrenwald N, Yank V. Study protocol for a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of the Building Better Caregivers online workshop for rural family/friend caregivers of people living with dementia. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 10; 121:106903.  View on PubMed
  4. Downey AE, Cheng J, Adams SH, Buckelew SM, Kapphahn CJ, Machen VI, Rosen EL, Moscicki AB, Golden NH, Garber AK. Renal Function in Patients Hospitalized With Anorexia Nervosa Undergoing Refeeding: Findings From the Study of Refeeding to Optimize Inpatient Gains. J Adolesc Health. 2022 10; 71(4):432-437.  View on PubMed
  5. Chaffee BW, Halpern-Felsher B, Croker JA, Werts M, Couch ET, Cheng J. Preferences, use, and perceived access to flavored e-cigarettes among United States adolescents and young adults. Drug Alcohol Depend Rep. 2022 Jun; 3.  View on PubMed
  6. Nancy Cheng and Jing Cheng. A SAS macro to calculate power for longitudinal correlated count and zero-inflated count outcome data. 2022.  View on PubMed
  7. Cheng NF, Guo Z, and Cheng J. . Maczic: Mediation analysis and power calculation for count and zero-inflated count data. 2022.  View on PubMed
  8. Chaffee BW, Halpern-Felsher B, Cheng J. E-cigarette, cannabis and combustible tobacco use: associations with xerostomia among California adolescents. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2023 04; 51(2):180-186.  View on PubMed
  9. Chaffee BW, Cheng J, Couch ET, Hoeft KS, Halpern-Felsher B. Adolescents' Substance Use and Physical Activity Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 07 01; 175(7):715-722.  View on PubMed
  10. Deng X, Garcia-Knight MA, Khalid MM, Servellita V, Wang C, Morris MK, Sotomayor-González A, Glasner DR, Reyes KR, Gliwa AS, Reddy NP, Sanchez San Martin C, Federman S, Cheng J, Balcerek J, Taylor J, Streithorst JA, Miller S, Sreekumar B, Chen PY, Schulze-Gahmen U, Taha TY, Hayashi JM, Simoneau CR, Kumar GR, McMahon S, Lidsky PV, Xiao Y, Hemarajata P, Green NM, Espinosa A, Kath C, Haw M, Bell J, Hacker JK, Hanson C, Wadford DA, Anaya C, Ferguson D, Frankino PA, Shivram H, Lareau LF, Wyman SK, Ott M, Andino R, Chiu CY. Transmission, infectivity, and neutralization of a spike L452R SARS-CoV-2 variant. Cell. 2021 06 24; 184(13):3426-3437.e8.  View on PubMed
  11. Golden NH, Cheng J, Kapphahn CJ, Buckelew SM, Machen VI, Kreiter A, Accurso EC, Adams SH, Le Grange D, Moscicki AB, Sy AF, Wilson L, Garber AK. Higher-Calorie Refeeding in Anorexia Nervosa: 1-Year Outcomes From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2021 04; 147(4).  View on PubMed
  12. Ng DL, Granados AC, Santos YA, Servellita V, Goldgof GM, Meydan C, Sotomayor-Gonzalez A, Levine AG, Balcerek J, Han LM, Akagi N, Truong K, Neumann NM, Nguyen DN, Bapat SP, Cheng J, Martin CS, Federman S, Foox J, Gopez A, Li T, Chan R, Chu CS, Wabl CA, Gliwa AS, Reyes K, Pan CY, Guevara H, Wadford D, Miller S, Mason CE, Chiu CY. A diagnostic host response biosignature for COVID-19 from RNA profiling of nasal swabs and blood. Sci Adv. 2021 02; 7(6).  View on PubMed
  13. Garber AK, Cheng J, Accurso EC, Adams SH, Buckelew SM, Kapphahn CJ, Kreiter A, Le Grange D, Machen VI, Moscicki AB, Sy A, Wilson L, Golden NH. Short-term Outcomes of the Study of Refeeding to Optimize Inpatient Gains for Patients With Anorexia Nervosa: A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 01 01; 175(1):19-27.  View on PubMed
  14. Chaffee BW, Werts M, White JS, Couch ET, Urata J, Cheng J, Kearns C. Beverage Advertisement Receptivity Associated With Sugary Drink Intake and Harm Perceptions Among California Adolescents. Am J Health Promot. 2021 05; 35(4):525-532.  View on PubMed
  15. Cheng J, Small DS. Semiparametric models and inference for the effect of a treatment when the outcome is nonnegative with clumping at zero. Biometrics. 2021 12; 77(4):1187-1201.  View on PubMed
  16. Gaiha SM, Cheng J, Halpern-Felsher B. Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and COVID-19. J Adolesc Health. 2020 10; 67(4):519-523.  View on PubMed
  17. White JS, Ramos-Gomez F, Liu JX, Jue B, Finlayson TL, Garza JR, Crawford AH, Helman S, Santo W, Cheng J, Kahn JG, Gansky SA. Monetary incentives for improving smartphone-measured oral hygiene behaviors in young children: A randomized pilot trial. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0236692.  View on PubMed
  18. Baiocchi M, Cheng J, Small D. Correction. Stat Med. 2020 09 10; 39(20):2693.  View on PubMed
  19. Cheng J, Gregorich SE, Gansky SA, Fisher-Owens SA, Kottek AM, White JM, and Mertz EA. (2020). Constructing matched groups in dental observational health disparity studies for causal effects. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. 2020; 5(1):82-91.  View on PubMed
  20. Garber AK, Cheng J, Accurso EC, Adams SH, Buckelew SM, Kapphahn CJ, Kreiter A, Le Grange D, Machen VI, Moscicki AB, Saffran K, Sy AF, Wilson L, Golden NH. Weight Loss and Illness Severity in Adolescents With Atypical Anorexia Nervosa. Pediatrics. 2019 12; 144(6).  View on PubMed

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