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Professor and Consultant
Department of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin)
Research summary
Old-age psychiatry and prevention
TIs Psychological Medicine Convener
Yoram Barak is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychogeriatrician


Dr Yoram Barak is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Otago School of Medicine, Dunedin and consultant psychogeriatrician at Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Southern (formerly SDHB). He is the convenor for 4th year students for the Department of Psychological Medicine.

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 Master in Health Administration from Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.Dr Barak was the medical director of Israel’s inpatient psychiatric services for Holocaust survivors for 25 years. He is past president of the Israeli Association of Old-Age Psychiatry, and is the associate editor for Aging Psychiatry of the Frontiers in Psychiatry. Dr Barak serves on the board of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age for the RANZC Psychiatry.

Research interests include a wide range of psychiatric conditions with special emphasis on old-age psychiatry, dementia prevention and suicide. He has published extensively in these areas, and is author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. His book "Preventing Alzheimer's Disease" has been published in the US.


Turner, R., Glue, P., & Barak, Y. (2024). Effects of changing criteria on improving interRAI assessment for elder abuse: Analysis of a national dataset from Aotearoa New Zealand. BMJ Open, 14, e081791. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-081791 Journal - Research Article

Bodner, E., Segev, A., Chernitsky, R., & Barak, Y. (2024). Playing Kioku reduces loneliness in older adults: A pilot study. Games for Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2023.0130 Journal - Research Article

Barak, Y., Sajjadi, S. F., Hobbs, L., & Patterson, T. (2024). Functional recovery in older adults with schizophrenia: A national interRAI study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00207640241230837 Journal - Research Article

Taube, C., Mentzel, C., Glue, P., & Barak, Y. (2024). Aging of persons with schizophrenia: Analysis of a national dataset. International Psychogeriatrics, 36(1), 43-50. doi: 10.1017/S1041610223000145 Journal - Research Article

Turner, R., Glue, P., & Barak, Y. (2023). The interRAI assessment for elder abuse: We can do better? Lessons from the Elder Abuse Prevention Fund project in New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Biostatistics Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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