Faculty Information

Chengwu Yang, MD, MS, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Health Promotion
New York University College of Dentistry

The Statistical Editor
Muscle & Nerve, 2017 – 2021

433 First Avenue, Room 720W, New York, NY 10010
Phone: +1-212-998-9934
E-mail: chengwu.yang@nyu.edu


PhD, Biostatistics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA. 2004 - 2009

MS, Medical Statistics, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. 1997 - 2000

MD, Medicine, minor in Health Statistics, Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China. 1988 -1993


2020. Winner.

The Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) 2020 sole Sylvan Green Award.
Webinar Title: Connecting Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) and Real World Studies (RWS): Seamless Design and Implementation, with Illustration of a Large Child Abuse Prevention Study

2006 - 2007. Scholar.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) at Medical University of South Carolina
RCMAR Collaborative Pilot Research Project for Junior Investigators: Detecting Differential Item Functioning (DIF) in Cognitive Measures for Spanish and English-Speaking Older Adults  

Research Interests / Professional Overview

Research Interests

Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO); Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA);
Randomized Clinical Trials (RCT); Real-World Study (RWS); Applied Biostatistics;
Public Health; Epidemiology; Preventive Medicine; Well-Being; Quality of Life (QoL);
Psychometrics and measurement issues; Scale development and assessment;
Child abuse prevention; Addiction; etc.


As the Course Director and the Sole Instructor, no teaching assistant, all graduate courses:
Scientific Writing, NYU College of Dentistry, 2019 - present
Clinical Trials, Penn State College of Medicine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Biostatistics, Penn State College of Medicine, 2014, 2015, 2016
As one of the two Instructors, graduate course:
Health Survey, Penn State College of Medicine, 2011, 2012


The Statistical Editor, Muscle & Nerve, 2017 – 2021
The Section Editor, in Clinical Research Design, Medicine, 2016 – 2018
Associate Editor, International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 2016 – 2017
Invited ad hoc reviewer, for 28 scientific journals, 2009 – present
Collaborator to over forty investigators, on over eighty grant applications, 2009 – present
Consulting on measurement/psychometrics and statistics.

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

Yang C, Panlilio C, Verdiglione N, Lehman EB, Hamm RB, Fiene R, Dore S, Bard DE, Grable B, Levi B. (2020). Generalizing findings from a randomized controlled trial to a real-world study of the iLookOut, an online education program to improve early childhood care and education providers’ knowledge and attitudes about reporting child maltreatment. PLOS ONE. 2020: 15(1). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227398

Yang C, Crystal YO, Ruff RR, Veitz-Keenan, McGowan RC, Niederman R. (2019). Quality appraisal of child oral health-related quality of life measures: a scoping review. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. doi: 10.1177/2380084419855636. PMID: 31238010

Yang C, Vrana KE. (2018). Rescuing suboptimal patient-reported outcome instrument data in clinical trials: A new strategy. Healthcare 2018, 6, 27. PMID: 29558420

Yang C, Wei W, Vrana K, Xiao Y, Peng Y, Chen D, Yu J, Wang D, Ding F, Wang Z. (2016). Validation of the obsessive compulsive drug use scale (OCDUS) among male heroin addicts in China. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. 2016; 14(5): 803-819. DOI 10.1007/s11469-016-9635-9

Yang C, Ford ME, Tilley BC, Greene RL. (2016). Religiosity in black and white older Americans: Measure adaptation, psychometric validation, and racial difference. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016; 95(37): e4257. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000004257. PMID: 27631201

Yang C, Kasales C, Ouyang T, Peterson C, Sarwani N, Tappouni R, Bruno M. (2014). A succinct rating scale for radiology report quality. SAGE Open Medicine. 2014 Dec 16; 2: 2050312114563101. doi: 10.1177/2050312114563101. eCollection 2014. PMID: 26770756

Yang C, Murray WB, Lindstrom DJ, Lehman EB, Finnegan G, Arvin A, Hamanaka K & Terndrup T. (2013). Development and validation of the performance of airway management instrument for paramedics. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 62(4S), S76. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2013.07.028

Yang C, Selassie AW, Carter RE, Tilley BC. (2012). Measuring QoL with SF-36 in Older Americans with TBI. Applied Research in Quality of Life. 2012; 7(1): 63-81. doi: 10.1007/s11482-011-9148-4. PMID: 25411585

Yang FM, Heslin KC, Mehta KM, Yang C, Ocepek-Welikson K, Kleinman M, Morales LS, Hays RD, Stewart AL, Mungas D, Jones RN, Teresi JA. (2011). A comparison of item response theory-based methods for examining differential item functioning in object naming test by language of assessment among older Latinos. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling. 53(4): 440-460. PMID: 23471423

Yang C, Garrett-Mayer E, Schneider J, Gollomp S, Tilley BC. (2009). Repeatable battery for assessment of neuropsychological status in early Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders. 2009; 24(10): 1453-1460. doi: 10.1002/mds.22552. PMID: 19452561

Evatt ML, Chaudhuri KR, Chou KL, Cubo E, Hinson VK, Kompoliti K, Yang C, Poewe W, Rascol O, Sampaio C, Stebbins GT, Goetz CG. (2009). Dysautonomia rating scales in Parkinson's disease: sialorrhea, dysphagia, and constipation - critique and recommendations to movement disorders task force on rating scales for Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders. 2009; 24(5): 635-646. doi: 10.1002/mds.22260. PMID: 19205066

Carlozzi NE, Horner MD, Yang C, Tilley BC. (2008). Factor analysis of the repeatable battery for assessment of neuropsychological status. Applied Neuropsychology. 15(4): 274-279. doi: 10.1080/09084280802325124. PMID: 19023744

Wang N, Ye T, Lai M, Ou Y, Zeng M, Yang C. (1999). Comparison of results of chamber angle examination by ultrasound biomicroscopy and gonioscopy. Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology. 35(3), 174-178, 10. PMID: 11835799