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DSM staff profile

Associate Professor Yoram Barak

PositionConsultant Psychogeriatrician
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsMD MHA
Research summaryPrevention, assessment, and treatment of late-life psychiatric disorders

Yoram Barak is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychogeriatrician. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at the Sackler School of Medicine. In 1993 he became an Israel Medical Scientific Council Specialist in Psychiatry, and in 2004 was awarded a Masters in Health Administration from Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

A consultant for the National Multiple Sclerosis Center in Israel, he is also a special consultant on positive psychology for the Israel Defense Forces. Past president of the Israeli Association of Old-Age Psychiatry, and is on the editorial board of the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and the Open Psychiatry Journal.


Associate Professor 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 has published extensively in these areas, and is author or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles. His book "Preventing Alzheimer's Disease" has recently been published in the US.


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.

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.

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.

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