Advanced Training Course Description

You may choose to take this course for free, but you must purchase the course to receive your certificate and CE credit.


Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Approaches in Medical Decision Making

This advanced training course is based on a presentation by Drs. Ruth O'Hara and Helena Kraemer at the 2009 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Palo Alto, CA. Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve (ROC) is a graphical plot of sensitivity vs. specificity. A signal detection technique traditionally used to evaluate diagnostic medical tests, ROC analysis can also be used to identify populations at differential risk for a specific outcome. This course will explore the history of ROC, the basics of ROC methods, ROC vs. "standard methods" of detection, and applications of ROC in statistical analysis.

Presenters: Helena Kraemer PhD, Ruth M. O'Hara PhD

Online Advanced Training Course- 4 CE credits - $100.00

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. Define sensitivity and specificity.
2. Identify all main components on the ROC Plane: Ideal Point; P,P; Q,Q; Random ROC; ROC curve; Diagnosis Line; and Risk Difference.
3. Identify the similarities and differences between ROC, logistic regression, and CART approaches to medical decision making.
4. Describe how ROC can be used to identify moderators for treatment outcome.
5. Use the ROC software program to aid with medical decision making.


Dr. Ruth M. O'Hara is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. With a research focus of the integration of biological, genetic, and psychological approaches to cognitive aging, she is currently investigating the relationship among sleep disordered breathing, APOE genotype, and cognition. Dr. Helena Kraemer is a Professor Emerita of Biostatistics in Psychiatry at Stanford University. Her research focuses on research methods in the behavioral aspects of medicine.


This course is recommended for researchers, psychiatrists, and psychologists with knowledge of basic statistics who seek to gain a better understanding of the ROC curve.


Self-paced online training course

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Final Test Instructions:

Credit Hours:

4 hours

Continuing Education Approval:

3-C Institute for Social Development (3-C ISD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 3-C ISD maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


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You may choose to take this course for free, but you must purchase the course to receive your certificate and CE credit.