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Christopher Beck, PhD

Christopher BeckAssociate Professor of Biostatistics
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Ph.D. (2005) University of Rochester

Contact Information

University of Rochester
Dept of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
265 Crittenden Boulevard, CU 420630 
Rochester, New York 14642-0630
Office: Saunders Research Building 4146
Phone: (585) 275-6781
Fax: (585) 273-1031

Research Interests

The area of statistical research that most interests me is the analysis of the performance of diagnostic tests.  Most of my work in this area involves inference concerning receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and surfaces.  I am actively developing statistical methods for ROC surfaces that generalize the methodology associated with ROC curves to accommodate the analysis of diagnostic tests that classify experimental units into three or more categories.  My other major research interests include change-point problems and clinical trials.

Most of my collaborative work is with researchers in the Department of Neurology and the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, where I hold a joint appointment.  I am currently involved with studies in Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Batten disease, periodic paralysis, orthopaedic trauma care, smoking cessation, and cardiomyopathy.  I am a member of an international team of researchers from several disciplines and universities that conducts studies to investigate the effects of neurotoxicants such as methyl mercury on the neurodevelopment of children.

I received a B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics and an M.A. in Statistics from State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Statistics from University of Rochester.  I am a member of the American Statistical Association and the International Biometric Society (ENAR).

Full List of Publications

A complete list of recent publications is available through my URMC Profile.

Selected Publications

  • Papuga, M. O., Beck, C. A., Kates, S. L., Schwarz, E. M., Maloney, M. D. (2014). Validation of GAITRite and PROMIS as High-Throughput Physical Function Outcome Measures Following ACL Reconstruction.  Journal of Orthopaedic Research 32(6):793-801.
  • Marrie, R. A., Beck, C. A. (2014).  Obesity and HLA in Multiple Sclerosis: Weighty Matters.  Neurology 82(10):826-827.
  • Dorsey, E. R., Beck, C. A., Darwin, K., Nichols, P., Brocht, A. F., Biglan, K. M., Shoulson, I. (2013). Natural History of Huntington Disease. JAMA Neurology 70(12):1520-1530.
  • Dorsey, E. R., Venkataraman, V., Grana, M. J., Bull, M. T., George, B. P., Boyd, C. M., Beck, C. A., Rajan, B., Seidmann, A., Biglan, K. M. (2013). Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of “Virtual House Calls” for Parkinson Disease. JAMA Neurology 70(5):565-570.
  • Moss, A. J., Schuger, C., Beck, C. A., Brown, M. W., Cannom, D. S., Daubert, J. P., Estes, N. A. M., Greenberg, H., Hall, W. J., Huang, D. T., Kautzner, J., Klein, H., McNitt, S., Olshansky, B., Shoda, M., Wilber, D., Zareba, W. (2012). Reduction in Inappropriate Therapy and Mortality through ICD Programming.  New England Journal of Medicine 367(24):2275-2283.
  • George, B. P., Scoglio, N. J., Reminick, J. I., Rajan, B., Beck, C. A., Seidmann, A., Biglan, K. M., Dorsey, E. R. (2012). Telemedicine in Leading US Neurology Departments. The Neurohospitalist 2(4):123-128.
  • Kwon, J. M., Adams, H., Rothberg, P. G., Augustine, E. F., Marshall, F. J., Deblieck, E. A., Vierhile, A., Beck, C. A., Newhouse, N. J., Cialone, J., Levy, E., Ramirez-Montealegre, D., Dure, L. S., Rose, K. R., Mink, J. W. (2011). Quantifying physical decline in juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (Batten disease). Neurology 77:1801-1807.
  • Wolinsky, J. S., Beck, C. A. (2011). The long march to surrogates of meaningful clinical outcomes in MS trials: are we there yet? Neurology 77:1658-1659.
  • Goldenberg, I., Hall, W. J., Beck, C. A., Moss, A. J., Barsheshet, A., McNitt, S., Polonsky, S., Brown, M. W., Zareba, W. (2011). Reduction of the Risk of Recurring Heart Failure Events with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: The MADIT-CRT Trial. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 58:729-737.
  • Sampson, E. R., Beck, C. A., Ketz, J., Canary, K. L., Hilton, M. J., Awad, H., Schwarz, E. M., Chen, D., O’Keefe, R. J., Rosier, R. N., Zuscik, M. J. (2011). Establishment of an Index with Increased Sensitivity for Assessing Murine Arthritis. Journal of Orthopedic Research 29:1145-1151.
  • Dorsey, E. R., Deuel, L. M., Beck, C. A., Gardiner, I. F., Scoglio, N. J., Scott, J. C., Marshall, F. J., Biglan, K. M. (2011). Group patient visits for Parkinson disease: a randomized feasibility trial. Neurology 76:1542-1547.
  • Dorsey, E. R., de Roulet, J., Thompson, J. P., Reminick, J. I., Thai, A., White-Stellato, Z., Beck, C. A., George, B. P., Moses, H. (2010). Funding of US biomedical research, 2003 - 2008. Journal of the American Medical Association 303:137-143.
  • Mitsumoto, J., Dorsey, E. R., Beck, C. A., Kieburtz, K., Griggs, R. C. (2009). Pivotal studies of orphan drugs approved for neurological diseases. Annals of Neurology 66:184-190.
  • Diener, H. C., Beck, C. A. (2009). Migraine and risk of cardiovascular disease in women: Learning about relative and absolute risk. Neurology 73:576-577.
  • Beck, C. A. (2009). Selection bias in observational studies: Out of control? Neurology 72:108-109.
  • Dorsey, E. R., Van Wuyckhuyse, B. C., Beck, C. A., Passalacqua, W. P., Guzick, D. S. (2009). The Economics of New Faculty Hires in Basic Science. Academic Medicine 84:26-31.
  • Dorsey, E. R., Beck, C. A., Adams, M., Chadwick, G., de Blieck, E. A., McCallum, C., Briner, L., Deuel, L., Clarke, A., Stewart, R., Shoulson, I., Huntington Study Group TREND-HD Investigators. (2008). Communicating Clinical Trial Results to Research Participants. Archives of Neurology 65:1590-1595.
  • Reynolds, D. G., Hock, C., Shaikh, S., Jacobson, J., Zhang, X., Rubery, P. T., Beck, C. A., O’Keefe, R. J., Lerner, A. L., Schwarz, E. M., Awad, H. A. (2007). Micro-computed tomography prediction of biomechanical strength in murine structural bone grafts. Journal of Biomechanics 40:3178-3186.
  • Davidson, P. W., Weiss, B., Beck, C., Cory-Slechta, D. A., Orlando, M., Loiselle, D., Young, E. C., Sloane-Reeves, J., Myers, G. J. (2006). Development and validation of a test battery to assess subtle neurodevelopmental differences in children. NeuroToxicology 27:951-969.
  • van Wijngaarden, E., Beck, C., Shamlaye, C. F., Cernichiari, E., Davidson, P. W., Myers, G. J., Clarkson, T. W. (2006). Benchmark concentrations for methyl mercury obtained from the 9-year follow-up of the Seychelles Child Development Study. NeuroToxicology 27:702-709.