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Associate Professor Yoram Barak

Yoram BarakAssociate Professor Yoram Barak’s research interests include multiple sclerosis, cancer, a wide range of psychiatric conditions (such as depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive–compulsive disorder), old-age psychiatry, and suicide.

He is also interested in Alzheimer's Disease and has published a popular book called "Preventing Alzheimer's: A Personal Responsibility".

Find out more about Associate Professor Barak's research here.

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Barak, Y., Leitch, S., & Greco, P. (2019). Identifying hoarding disorder in the elderly using the interRAI. Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 80, 95-97. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2018.10.014

Johari, N., Glue, P., & Barak, Y. (2019). Screaming behaviour in response to electroconvulsive treatment: Psychogeriatric note on a patient with Alzheimer's disease. Psychogeriatrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/psyg.12443

Shelef, A., Brafman, D., Rosing, T., Weizman, A., Stryjer, R., & Barak, Y. (2019). Equine assisted therapy for patients with post traumatic stress disorder: A case series study [Brief report]. Military Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usz036

Ohana, I., Golander, H., & Barak, Y. (2018). Aging of Holocaust survivors: Discrepancies between subjective and general health in the greater Tel Aviv area. Israel Medical Association Journal, 20, 207-210.

Swartz-Vanetik, M., Zeevin, M., & Barak, Y. (2018). Scope and characteristics of suicide attempts among manic patients with bipolar disorder. Crisis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000526

Journal - Research Article

Barak, Y., Leitch, S., & Greco, P. (2019). Identifying hoarding disorder in the elderly using the interRAI. Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 80, 95-97. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2018.10.014

Ohana, I., Golander, H., & Barak, Y. (2018). Aging of Holocaust survivors: Discrepancies between subjective and general health in the greater Tel Aviv area. Israel Medical Association Journal, 20, 207-210.

Swartz-Vanetik, M., Zeevin, M., & Barak, Y. (2018). Scope and characteristics of suicide attempts among manic patients with bipolar disorder. Crisis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000526

Leitch, S., Glue, P., Gray, A. R., Greco, P., & Barak, Y. (2018). Comparison of psychosocial variables associated with loneliness in centenarian vs elderly populations in New Zealand. Jama Network Open, 1(6), e183880. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3880

Barak, Y., Rapsey, C., Fridman, D., & Scott, K. (2018). The Dunedin Dementia Risk Awareness Project: A convenience sample of general practitioners. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1474), 27-34. Retrieved from

Tzvieli, A., Zaig, T., Ayal, I., Thieberger, G., Rothschild, S., & Barak, Y. (2017). The impact of self-directed Voice of Love messages on anger: A pilot study. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, 31(2), 12-15.

Barak, Y., & Fridman, D. (2017). Impact of Mediterranean diet on cancer: Focused literature review. Cancer Geonomics & Proteomics, 14(6), 403-408. doi: 10.21873/cgp.20050

Briskman, I., Shelef, A., Berger, U., Baruch, Y., Bar, G., Asherov, J., … Barak, Y. (2017). Deliberate self-harm in older adults: A general hospital emergency department survey. Israel Medical Association Journal, 19(3), 160-163.

Rothschild, S., Kaplan, G., Golan, T., & Barak, Y. (2017). Mindfulness meditation in the Israel Defense Forces: Effect on cognition and satisfaction with life: A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 10, 71-74. doi: 10.1016/j.eujim.2017.01.010

Barak, Y., Finkelstein, I., & Pridan, S. (2016). The geriatric mania asenapine study (GeMS). Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 64, 111-114. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2016.01.012

Shelef, A., Zdaka, C., & Barak, Y. (2015). Happiness amongst Israel Defense Force (IDF) Mental Health Officers (MHO’s). Disaster & Military Medicine, 1(7). doi: 10.1186/2054-314X-1-7

Kertesz, D. P., Swartz, M. V., Tadger, S., Plopski, I., & Barak, Y. (2015). Tetrabenazine for tardive tremor in elderly adults: A prospective follow-up study. Clinical Neuropharmacology, 38(1), 23-25. doi: 10.1097/wnf.0000000000000061

Shelef, A., Mazeh, D., Berger, U., Baruch, Y., & Barak, Y. (2015). Acute electroconvulsive therapy followed by maintenance electroconvulsive therapy decreases hospital re-admission rates of older patients with severe mental illness. Journal of ECT, 31(2), 125-128. doi: 10.1097/yct.0000000000000197

Valencia, M., Fresán, A., Barak, Y., Juárez, F., Escamilla, R., & Saracco, R. (2015). Predicting functional remission in patients with schizophrenia: A cross-sectional study of symptomatic remission, psychosocial remission, functioning, and clinical outcome. Neuropsychiatric Disease & Treatment, 11, 2339-2348. doi: 10.2147/ndt.s87335

Pridan, S., Swartz, M., Baruch, Y., Tadger, S., Plopski, I., & Barak, Y. (2015). Effectiveness and safety of clozapine in elderly patients with chronic resistant schizophrenia. International Psychogeriatrics, 27(1), 131-134. doi: 10.1017/s1041610214001756

Achiron, A., Givon, U., Magalashvili, D., Dolev, M., Zaltzman, S. L., Kalron, A., … Barak, Y. (2015). Effect of Alfacalcidol on multiple sclerosis-related fatigue: A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 21(6), 767-775. doi: 10.1177/1352458514554053

Klang, S. H., Ben-Amnon, Y., Cohen, Y., & Barak, Y. (2015). Community pharmacists' support improves antidepressant adherence in the community. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 30(6), 316-319. doi: 10.1097/yic.0000000000000090

Ohana, I., Golander, H., & Barak, Y. (2014). Balancing psychache and resilience in aging Holocaust survivors. International Psychogeriatrics, 26(6), 929-934. doi: 10.1017/s104161021400012x

Raviv, G., Laufer, M., Baruch, Y., & Barak, Y. (2014). Risk of prostate cancer in patients with schizophrenia. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55(7), 1639-1642. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.05.007

Or, A., Baruch, Y., Tadger, S., & Barak, Y. (2014). Real-life decision making of Serious Mental Illness patients: Opt-in and opt-out research participation. Israel Journal of Psychiatry & Related Sciences, 51(3), 199-203.

Nehama, Y., Rabinowitz, I., Baruch, Y., Mandel, A., Lurie, I., & Barak, Y. (2014). Debunking the placebo effect in depression: The effect of patient and investigator expectation on escitalopram efficacy. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 29(2), 106-110. doi: 10.1097/yic.0000000000000013

Shelef, A., Hiss, J., Cherkashin, G., Berger, U., Aizenberg, D., Baruch, Y., & Barak, Y. (2014). Psychosocial and medical aspects of older suicide completers in Israel: A 10-year survey. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29(8), 846-851. doi: 10.1002/gps.4070

Achiron, A., Chapman, J., Magalashvili, D., Dolev, M., Lavie, M., Bercovich, E., … Barak, Y. (2013). Modeling of cognitive impairment by disease duration in multiple sclerosis: A cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e71058. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071058

Bergman, Y., & Barak, Y. (2013). Escitalopram for antipsychotic nonresponsive visual hallucinosis: Eight patients suffering from Charles Bonnet syndrome. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(9), 1433-1436. doi: 10.1017/s1041610213000719

Barak, Y., & Aizenberg, D. (2012). Clinical and psychosocial remission in schizophrenia: correlations with antipsychotic treatment. BMC Psychiatry, 12, 108. doi: 10.1186/1471-244x-12-108

Barak, Y., Swartz, M., & Baruch, Y. (2011). Venlafaxine or a second SSRI: Switching after treatment failure with an SSRI among depressed inpatients: A retrospective analysis. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 35(7), 1744-1747. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2011.06.007

Barak, Y., Plopski, I., Tadger, S., & Paleacu, D. (2011). Escitalopram versus risperidone for the treatment of behavioral and psychotic symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease: A randomized double-blind pilot study. International Psychogeriatrics, 23(9), 1515-1519. doi: 10.1017/s1041610211000743

Barak, Y., & Aizenberg, D. (2011). Switching to aripiprazole as a strategy for weight reduction: A meta-analysis in patients suffering from schizophrenia. Journal of Obesity, 2011, 898013. doi: 10.1155/2011/898013

Barak, Y., Levy, D., Szor, H., & Aizenberg, D. (2011). First-onset functional brief psychoses in the elderly. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 14(2), 30-33.

Tadger, S., Paleacu, D., & Barak, Y. (2011). Quetiapine augmentation of antidepressant treatment in elderly patients suffering from depressive symptoms: A retrospective chart review. Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 53(1), 104-105. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2010.06.012

Levy, T. B., Barak, Y., Sigler, M., & Aizenberg, D. (2011). Suicide attempts and burden of physical illness among depressed elderly inpatients. Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 52(1), 115-117. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2010.02.012

Ohanna, I., Golander, H., & Barak, Y. (2011). Does late onset depression predispose to dementia? A retrospective, case-controlled study. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52(6), 659-661. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2010.10.016

Barak, Y., & Aizenberg, D. (2010). Is dementia preventable? Focus on Alzheimer's disease. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 10(11), 1689-1698. doi: 10.1586/ern.10.159

Barak, Y., Bleich, A., & Aizenberg, D. (2010). Psychosocial remission in schizophrenia: Developing a clinician-rated scale. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 51(1), 94-98. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2008.11.013

Briskman, I., Dubinski, R., & Barak, Y. (2010). Treating delirium in a general hospital: A descriptive study of prescribing patterns and outcomes. International Psychogeriatrics, 22(2), 328-331. doi: 10.1017/s1041610209990986

Mazeh, D., Bodner, E., Weizman, R., Delayahu, Y., Cholostoy, A., Martin, T., & Barak, Y. (2009). Co-morbid social phobia in schizophrenia. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 55(3), 198-202. doi: 10.1177/0020764008093447

Barak, Y., & Achiron, A. (2009). Happiness and neurological diseases. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 9(4), 445-459. doi: 10.1586/ern.09.1

Barak, Y., Baruch, Y., Achiron, A., & Aizenberg, D. (2008). Suicide attempts of schizophrenia patients: A case-controlled study in tertiary care. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 42(10), 822-826. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2007.09.002

Wohl, Y., Aviv, A., Friedman, T., & Barak, Y. (2008). Cutaneous photodamage in schizophrenia patients. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, & Photomedicine, 24(6), 291-295. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0781.2008.00378.x

Barak, Y. (2008). Breast cancer in women suffering from serious mental illness. Schizophrenia Research, 102(1-3), 249-253. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2008.03.017

Paleacu, D., Barak, Y., Mirecky, I., & Mazeh, D. (2008). Quetiapine treatment for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in Alzheimer's disease patients: A 6-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(4), 393-400. doi: 10.1002/gps.1892

Rabinowitz, I., Baruch, Y., & Barak, Y. (2008). High-dose escitalopram for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23(1), 49-53. doi: 10.1097/YIC.0b013e3282f0f0c5

Abramowitz, E. G., Barak, Y., Ben-Avi, I., & Knobler, H. Y. (2008). Hypnotherapy in the treatment of chronic combat-related PTSD patients suffering from insomnia: A randomized, Zolpidem-controlled clinical trial. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 56(3), 270-280. doi: 10.1080/00207140802039672

Werner, P., Aviv, A., & Barak, Y. (2008). Self-stigma, self-esteem and age in persons with schizophrenia. International Psychogeriatrics, 20(1), 174-187. doi: 10.1017/s1041610207005340

Barak, Y. (2008). Co-prescription of antidepressants with other psychotropics: Distinct profile of escitalopram. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 12(1), 31-35. doi: 10.1080/13651500701419701

Simeoni, M. C., Auquier, P., Fernandez, O., Flachenecker, P., Stecchi, S., Constantinescu, C. S., … Barak, Y., … Pelletier, J., on behalf of the MusiQoL study group (2008). Validation of the Multiple Sclerosis International Quality of Life questionnaire. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 14(2), 219-230. doi: 10.1177/1352458507080733

Tadger, S., Baruch, Y., & Barak, Y. (2008). Symptomatic remission in elderly schizophrenia patients treated with long-acting risperidone. International Psychogeriatrics, 20(6), 1245-1250. doi: 10.1017/s1041610208007606

Harel, Y., Barak, Y., & Achiron, A. (2007). Dysregulation of affect in multiple sclerosis: New phenomenological approach. Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 61(1), 94-98. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2007.01616.x

Barak, Y., Baruch, Y., Mazeh, D., Paleacu, D., & Aizenberg, D. (2007). Cardiac and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality associated with antipsychotic medications in elderly psychiatric inpatients. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15(4), 354-356. doi: 10.1097/JGP.0b013e318030253a

Barak, Y. (2007). The aging of Holocaust survivors: Myth and reality concerning suicide. Israel Medical Association Journal, 9(3), 196-198.

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