Recent publications

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Journal articles and book chapters

Lapidot-Lefler, N., & Barak, A. (2015). The benign online disinhibition effect: Could situational factors induce self-disclosure and pro-social behaviors? Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Researchon Cyberspace, 9(2).article 3.
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Dirkse, D., Hadjistavropoulos, H. D., Hesser, H., & Barak, A. (2015). Linguistic analysis of communication in therapist-assisted Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 21-32.
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Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2013). The therapeutic value of adolescents’ blogging about social-emotional difficulties. Psychological Services, 10, 333-341.
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Dolev-Cohen, M., & Barak, A. (2013). Adolescents' use of instant messaging as a means of emotional relief. Computers in Human Behavior, 29, 58-63.
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Barak, A., & Grohol, J. M. (2012). Interventions en santé mentale: Tendances aux états-unis. Le Journal Des Psychologues, 301, 37-41. [French]

Barak, A. (2012). Stop being afraid, start educating [Psychological influences of the use of Facebook (and the Internet in general): Myths and reality]. Odyssey, 16, 54-61. [Hebrew]
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Blau, I., & Barak, A. (2012). How do personality, synchronous media, and discussion topic affect participation? Educational Technology & Society, 15(2), 12-24.
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Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2012). The Internet to the aid of lonely adolescents: The therapeutic value of blog writing. Mifgash Le'Avoda Socialit Chinuchit, 34, 9-30. [Hebrew]
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Lapidot-Lefler, N., & Barak, A. (2012). Effects of anonymity, invisibility, and lack of eye-contact on toxic online disinhibition. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 434-443.
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Barak, A., & Grohol, J. M. (2011). Current and future trends in Internet-supported mental health interventions. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 29, 155-196.
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Proudfoot, J. D., Klein, B., & Barak, A., Carlbring, P., Cuijpers, P., Lange, A., Ritterband, L., & Andersson, G. (2011). Establishing guidelines for executing and reporting Internet intervention research. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 40, 82-97.
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Blau, I., & Barak, A. (2011). Does mediation of personal factors may contribute to the optimization of online learning? In D. Chen & G. Kurtz (Eds.), ICT, learning and teaching (pp. 125-148). Or Yehuda: Center for Academic Studies. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., Boneh, O., & Dolev-Cohen, M. (2010). Factors underlying participants' gains in online support groups. In A. Blachnio, A. Przepiórka, & T. Rowiński (Eds.), Internet in psychological research (p. 17-38). Warsaw, Poland: Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Press.
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Barak, A. (2010). Internet-supported psychological testing and assessment. In R. Kraus, G. Stricker, and C. Speyer (Eds.), Online counseling: A handbook for mental health professionals (2nd ed., pp. 225-255). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
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Barak, A. (2010). The psychological role of the Internet in mass disasters: Past evidence and future planning. In A. Brunet, A. R. Ashbaugh, & C. F. Herbert (Eds.), Internet use in the aftermath of trauma (pp. 23-43). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: NATO Science Series, IOS Press.
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Finn, J., & Barak, A. (2010). A descriptive study of e-counsellor attitudes, ethics, and practice. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10, 268-277.
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Barak, A., & Boniel-Nissim, M. (2010). Using forums to enhance client peer support. In K. Anthony, D. M. Nagel, & S. Goss (Eds.), The use of technology in mental health: Applications, ethics and practice (pp. 47-55). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
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Shtatfeld, R., & Barak, A. (2009). Factors related to initiating interpersonal contacts on Internet dating sites: A view from the Social Exchange Theory. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 3 (Suppl. 2), 19-37.
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Barak, A., Proudfoot, J. G., & Klein, B. (2009). Defining Internet-supported therapeutic interventions. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 4-17.
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Amichai-Hamburger, Y., & Barak, A. (2009). Internet and well-being. In Y. Amichai-Hamburger (Ed.), Technology and psychological well-being (pp. 34-76). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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Barak, A., & Fisher, W. A. (2009). Intervention for the promotion of sexual health through the Internet: Theory, empirical evidence, and application. Hrefu'ah, 148, 628-633. [Hebrew]
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Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2009). Pro-ana: Teenage girls hidden in cyberspace. Mifgash Le'Avoda Chinuchit-Sotzialit, 29, 171-191. [Hebrew]
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Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2008). The blog: A personal online diary in the service of counselors and therapists. Haye'utz Hachinuchi, 15, 123-143. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., Hen, L., Boniel-Nissim, M., & Shapira, N. (2008). A comprehensive review and a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Internet-based psychotherapeutic interventions. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 26, 109-160. Also published in Finn, J. & Schoech, D. (Eds.), Internet-delivered therapeutic interventions in human services (pp. 5-55). New York: Routledge. (received award for best article published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services in 2007-2009)
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Barak, A., & Sadovsky, Y. (2008). Internet use and personal empowerment of hearing-impaired adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 1802-1815.
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Barak, A., Boniel-Nissim, M., & Suler, J. (2008). Fostering empowerment in online support groups. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 1867-1883.
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Shapira, N., Gal, I., & Barak, A. (2008). Group training of old people to use the Internet: From theory to practice. Gerontology, 35, 127-140. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., & Suler, J. (2008). Reflections on the psychology and social science of cyberspace. In A. Barak (Ed.), Psychological aspects of cyberspace: Theory, research, applications. (pp. 1-12). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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Barak, A., & Hen, L. (2008). Exposure in cyberspace as means of enhancing psychological assessment. In A. Barak (Ed.), Psychological aspects of cyberspace: Theory, research, applications (pp. 129-162). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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Shapira, N., Barak, A., & Gal, I. (2007). Promoting older adults' well-being through Internet training and use. Aging & Mental Health, 11, 477-484.
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Barak, A., & Gluck-Ofri, O. (2007). Degree and reciprocity of self-disclosure in online forums. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10, 407-417.
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Barak, A. (2007). Phantom emotions: Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the Internet. In A. Joinson, K. Y. A. McKenna, T. Postmes, & U. D. Reips (Eds.), Oxford handbook of Internet psychology (pp. 303-329). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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Barak, A. (2007). Emotional support and suicide prevention through the Internet: A field project report. Computers in Human Behavior, 23, 971-984.
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Barak, A. (2006). Youth and Internet: The psychology of the 'as if' [KE'ILU] and the 'suchlike' [KAZE]. Panim, 37, 48-58. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., & Dolev-Cohen, M. (2006). Does activity level in online support groups for distressed adolescents determine emotional relief? Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6, 186-190
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Barak, A. (2006). Internet career assessment. In J. Greenhaus & G. Callanan (Eds)., Encyclopedia of career development (pp. 404-406). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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Barak, A. & Bloch, N. (2006). Factors related to perceived helpfulness in supporting highly distressed individuals through an online support chat. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 9, 60-68.
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Barak, A., & Miron, O. (2005). Writing characteristics of suicidal people on the Internet: A psychological investigation of emerging social environments. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behaviors, 35, 507-524.
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Barak, A. (2005). Research and experiences in interventions in online groups: Opportunities and challenges aside difficulties and risks. Mikbatz, 10(2), 33-56. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A. (2005). Sexual harassment on the Internet. Social Science Computer Review, 23, 77-92. [also published in L. L. O'Toole, J. R., Schiffman, & M. L. Kiter Edwards (Eds). (2007) Gender violence: Interdisciplinary perspectives (2nd ed.; pp. 181-193). New York: New York University Press.]
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Barak, A. (2004). Internet counseling. In C. E. Spielberger (Ed.), Encyclopedia of applied psychology (pp. 369-378). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
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Barak, A., Grohol, J. M., & Pector, E. (2004). Methodology, validity, and applicability: A critique on Eysenbach et al.. British Medical Journal, 328, 1166.

Barak, A. (2004). The future is present. In G. Riva, C. Botella, P. Légeron, G. Optale (Eds.), Cybertherapy: Internet and virtual reality as assessment and rehabilitation tools for clinical psychology and neuroscience (pp. v-viii). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
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Barak, A. (2004). Psychological counseling through the Internet: Technology and soul in a changing society. In A. Klingman & R. Erhard (Eds.), School counseling in a changing society (pp. 367-390). Tel-Aviv: Ramot [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., & Buchanan, T. (2004). Internet-based psychological testing and assessment. In R. Kraus, G. Stricker, & J. Zack (Eds.), Online counseling: A handbook for mental health professionals (pp. 217-239). San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.
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Barak, A., & Fisher, W. A. (2003). Experience with an Internet-based, theoretically grounded educational resource for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 18, 293-308.
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Barak, A. (2003). Ethical and professional issues in career assessment on the Internet. Journal of Career Assessment, 11, 3-21.
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Barak, A., & Cohen, L. (2002). Empirical examination of an online version of the Self-Directed Search. Journal of Career Assessment, 10, 387-400.
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Barak, A., & Fisher, W. A. (2002). The future of Internet sexuality. In A. Cooper (Ed.), Sex and the Internet: A Guidebook for Clinicians (pp. 263-280). New York: Brunner/Routledge.
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Fenichel, M., Suler, J., Barak, A., Zelvin, E., Jones, G., Munro, K., Meunier, V., & Walker-Schmucker, W. (2002). Myths and realities of online clinical work. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 5, 481-497.
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Barak, A., & English, N. (2002). Prospects and limitations of psychological testing on the Internet. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 19 (2/3), 65-89.
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Suler, J., Barak, A., Chechele, P., Fenichel, M., Hsiung, R., Maguire, J., Meunier, V., Stofle, G., Tucker-Ladd, C., Vardell, M. & Walker-Schmucker, W. (2001). Assessing a person’s suitability for online therapy. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 4, 675-679. (see Correction, 2002, CyberPsychology & Behavior, 5, p. 93).
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Barak, A., & Fisher, W. A. (2001). Toward an Internet-driven, theoretically-based, innovative approach to sex education. Journal of Sex Research, 38, 324-332.
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Fisher, W. A., & Barak, A. (2001). Internet pornography: A social psychological perspective on Internet sexuality. Journal of Sex Research, 38, 312-323.
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Barak, A., & Fisher, W. A. (2001). Internet-assisted sexuality education: Critical evaluation and suggestions for improvement. Haye'utz Hachinuchi, 10, 39-58. [Hebrew]
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Leong, F. T. L., & Barak, A. (2001). Some introductory notes on innovations in career psychology inspired by the legacy of Samuel H. Osipow. In F. T. L. Leong & A. Barak (Eds.), Contemporary models in vocational psychology (pp. 1-6). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
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Barak, A. (2001). A cognitive view of the nature of vocational interests: Implications for career assessment, counseling, and research. In F. T. L. Leong & A. Barak (Eds.), Contemporary models in vocational psychology (pp. 97-131). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
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Barak, A., King, S. A. (2000). The Two Faces of the Internet: Introduction to the Special Issue on The Internet and Sexuality. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 3, 517-520.
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Fisher, W. A., & Barak, A. (2000). Online Sex Shops: Phenomenological, Psychological, and Ideological Perspectives on Internet Sexuality. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 3, 575-589.
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Barak, A. (2000). The Internet and suicides: Another expression of the two faces of the Internet. Haye'utz Hachinuchi, 9, 111-128. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., & Wander-Schwartz, M. (2000). Empirical evaluation of brief group therapy conducted in an Internet chat room. Journal of Virtual Environments, 5(1) [online]

Barak, A. (2000). Mental support in an online group on the Internet. Nefesh, 1(3), 79-81. [Hebrew]

Barak, A., & Golan, G. (2000). Counseling psychology in Israel: Successful accomplishments of a non-existent specialty. The Counseling Psychologist, 28, 100-116.
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Barak, A. (2000). Counseling applications on the Internet: A new means for intervention in the service of counselors and therapists. Iyunim Bechinuch, 4, 149-170. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (1999). Psychological applications on the Internet: A discipline on the threshold of a new millennium. Applied and Preventive Psychology,8, 231-246.
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King, S. A., & Barak, A. (1999). Compulsive Internet gambling: A new form of an old clinical pathology . CyberPsychology & Behavior, 2, 441-456.
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Barak, A., & Lavee, S. (1999). Online support group: A new method for counseling intervention. Haye'utz Hachinuchi, 8, 54-68. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., Fisher, W. A., Belfry, S., & Lashambe, D. R. (1999). Sex, guys, and cyberspace: Effects of Internet pornography and individual differences on men's attitudes toward women. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 11, 63-92.
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Lee, D. Y., Barak, A., & Uhlemann, M. R. (1999). Forming clinical impressions during the first five minutes of the counseling interview. Psychological Reports, 85, 835-844.
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Lee, D. Y., Uhlemann, M. R., & Barak, A. (1999). Effects of diagnostic suggestion on the clinical judgments and recall memories of autobiography. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 18, 35-46.
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Barak, A. (1999). Mental health counseling and sexual harassment in the workplace. In J. S. Hinkle (Ed.), Promoting optimum mental health through counseling (pp. 49-54). Greensboro, NC: ERIC/Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse.

Barak, A. (1998). The role of research methodology in counsellor education: A case of second-order effects. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 32, 50-63.
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Barak, A., & Fisher, W. A. (1997). Effects of interactive computer erotica on men's attitudes and behavior toward women: An experimental study. Computers in Human Behavior, 13, 353-369.
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Barak, A., & Safir, M. P. (1997). Sex and the Internet: An Israeli perspective. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 22, 67-73.
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Shiloh, S., Vinter, M., & Barak, A. (1997). Correlates of health screening utilization: The roles of health beliefs and self-regulation motivation. Psychology and Health, 12, 301-317.
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Barak, A. (1997). Cross-cultural perspectives on sexual harassment. In W. O'Donohue (Ed.), Sexual harassment: Theory, research, and treatment (pp. 263-300). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
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