Recent Presentations

Porat, E., Blau, I., & Barak, A. (2017, February). Digital Literacy of Students: Self-Appraisal Versus Actual Performance. Paper presented at the 12th Chais Conference for the Study in Innovation and Learning Technologies, Ra'anana, Israel. [Hebrew] 

Neifeld, E., & Barak, A. (2015, February). Development of an Educational Program for Smart Use of the Internet for Young Children and Testing Its Success. Paper presented at the 10th Chase Conference for the Study in Innovation and Learning Technologies, Ra'anana, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2014, October). Emerging Characteristics of Internet-Assisted Psychological Interventions: Analysis of Journal Publications 1996-2013. Paper presented at the 7th biannual conference of the International Society for Research in Internet Interventions (ISRII), Valencia, Spain.
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Rotenberg-Tadmor, Y., Shechtman, Z, and Barak, A. (2014, August). Enhancing Outcomes in Teacher Internship Programs: Comparing Face-to-Face with Online Groups. Paper presented in the symposium "Group Therapy in an International Context" (Z. Shechtman, Chair) at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, USA.

Barak, A. (2013, May). Concepts, definitions, and applications: The terminology chaos of Internet-supported psychotherapeutic interventions. Paper presented at the 6th International Society for Research in Internet Interventions (ISRII) meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dolev-Cohen, M., & Barak, A. (2013, January). Use of instant messaging software as means for emotional relief in adolescents. Paper presented in conference on research, theory, and creation, Oranim College, Tivon, Israel. [Hebrew]

Yaroshenko, Y. & Barak, A. (2012, June). Need for cognitive closure and information search behavior on the Internet. Paper presented at the Researchers in Information Sciences Conference, Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel. [Hebrew]

Dolev-Cohen, M. & Barak, A. (2011, November). Therapeutic aspects of the Internet: Use of instant messaging as means for emotional relief in adolescents. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Conference of Educational Counselors, Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2011, April). Causal relationships between level of engagement in online support groups and participants' outcomes. Paper presented at the 5th International Society for Research in Internet Interventions (ISRII) meeting, Sydney, Australia.

Barak, A. (2011, March). Youth on the Net: The future is the present. Paper presented at the launch of "Wired Youth" by Mesh & Talmud. Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2011, February). The influence of the Internet on youth: Myths and reality. Paper presented at a conference at The Reality School. Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2010, November). The Internet as culture and life environment: Myths and reality. Paper presented in a conference in Ashalim Knowledge and Learning Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. [Hebrew]

Blau, I., & Barak, A. (2010, October). Synchronous online participation: The effects of personality and discussion topic on participation in group discussions in face-to-face, text, and voice chat modes. Paper presented in the 11th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Göteborg, Sweden.

Barak, A., Ben-David, M., Boneh, O., & Dolev-Cohen, M. (2010, August). The moderating effect of participants' involvement in online support groups. Paper presented in the symposium "Online psychological and mental health interventions" (J. Grohol, Chair) at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, USA.

Barak, A., Ben-David, M., Dolev-Cohen, M., & Boneh, O. (2010, July). Participants' involvement and personal gains in online support groups. Paper presented in the symposium "Therapist-assisted e-interventions" (J. Proudfoot, Chair) at the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.

Barak, A. (2010, May). Challenges in moderating an online group. Paper presented at the conference "The Group Moderator: Research and Applications in Group Therapy". University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2010, February). Not a virtual psychologist only: Trends and innovations in Internet-assisted psychotherapy. Paper presented at the 6th Chaise Annual Conference. The Open University, Ra'anana, Israel. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A. (2010, February). The Psychology of the Net. Paper presented at the conference: "Cyberbullying: Knowing the phenomenon and ways of coping". Haifa District of the Ministry of Education. Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2009, December). Adolescents and the Internet: Science and legend. Paper presented at the conference "Adolescence in the Web: Counseling and Mental Support to Adolescents in the Internet". Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2009, November). Children on the Internet: Opportunities and risks. Paper presented at the conference "Influencing and respecting leadership: Promoting secured climate and coping with violence and alcohol". Haifa District of The Ministry of Education, Tirat-Hacarmel, Israel. [Hebrew]

Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2009, November). The therapeutic value of adolescents' blogs. Paper presented in Cyberspace2009. Brno, The Czech Republic.

Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2009, October). The therapeutic value of blogging by adolescents suffering from social difficulties. Paper presented in the symposium "You really got me: Optimizing uptake and adherence to online interventions for adolescents" (R. Crutzen, Chair) at the First International E-Mental Health Summit 2009. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Barak, A. (2009. October). Suicide prevention online (Moderator). Symposium taken place at the First International E-Mental Health Summit 2009. Amsterdam, The Netherlands..

Barak, A., & Finn, J. (2009, June). An empirical survey of online therapists. Paper presented at the 40th meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Santiago, Chile.

Barak, A. (2009, May). The psychological role of the Internet in mass disasters: Past evidence and future planning. Paper presented in NATO Advanced Research Group, International Conference on the Use of the Internet in Mental Health, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2009, April). Blogs as therapeutic tools for adolescents suffering from social-emotional difficulties. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the The Israeli Society for History & Philosophy of Science, Jerusalem, Israel. [Hebrew]

Blau, I., & Barak, A. (2009, March). Synchronous online discussions: Participation in a group audio conferencing and textual chat as affected by communicator's personality characteristics and discussion topics. Paper presented at the International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Lisbon, Portugal.

Boniel-Nissim, M., & Barak, A. (2009, February). The therapeutic value of blog writing by adolescents who endure social difficulties. Paper presented at the Annual Counselors Conference, Tel-Aviv, Israel. [Hebrew]

Blau, I., & Barak, A. (2009, February). Talking about, talking online: The effect of personality characteristics, medium type and discussion topic on people's willingness to participate in synchronous online discussion. Paper presented at The Learning Person in the Technological Age: The Annual Chase Conference for Research in Learning Technologies. The Open University, Ra'anana, Israel. [Hebrew]
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Barak, A., Dolev-Cohen, M., & Boneh, O. (2008, June). What makes online support groups a successful experience for participants? Paper presented in the panel "Current research in group counseling and psychotherapy" (Z. Shechtmen, Chair) conducted at the 39th Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Barcelona, Spain.

Barak, A. (2008, May). Compulsive sexual behavior in cyberspace: Personal characteristics and therapeutic approaches. Paper presented in the conference Compulsive Sexuality and Sex Addiction, Ram Institute, Tel-Aviv, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak. A. (2008, March). A person in cyberspace: Fantasy and reality. Paper presented at the conference Fantasy and Reality: Representations of Past, Present, and Future. University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.
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Barak, A (2008, February). Use of the Internet as a means to promote personal empowerment of old people. Paper presented at the conference Information Society and the Elderly: Global Perspectives, Seoul, South Korea.

Barak, A., Hen, L., & Boniel-Nissim, M. (2007, October). A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Internet-based psychotherapeutic interventions. Paper presented at the 3rd Meeting of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions, Charlottesville (VA), USA.

Barak, A. (2007, September). Psychological treatment through the Internet. Paper presented at the annual conference of psychologists in the Haifa Region, Ministry of Education, Nir Etzion, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2007, July). Therapeutic processes in blog writing. Paper presented in a panel "The Psychology of Wring in Blogs" (Y. Amichai-Hamburger, Chair), conducted at Blogference, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2007, February). The contemporary family in the light and in the shadow of the Internet. Paper presented at a conference conducted by The Israeli Association for Marital Therapy and Family Life Education, Ramat-Ef'al, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A., & Ben-David, M. (2006, July). Effectiveness of online support groups for psychologically distressed adolescents. Paper presented in a symposium, "Psychological Applications on the Internet" (A. Barak, Chair), conducted at the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.

Barak, A., & Hen, L. (2006, June). Effectiveness of psychological interventions conducted through the Internet: A meta-analysis. Paper presented in the conference 4th VR Symposium: Virtual Reality, Associated Technologies and Rehabilitation, Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2006, April). Fully online course. Paper presented in the conference "e-Learning on Campus" conducted by The University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.
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Shapira, N., Barak, A., & Gal, I. (2005, December). The influence of browsing the Internet at old age: The Internet as a means for improving well-being of old people. Paper presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Israeli Association of Gerontology, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Barak, A. (2005, June). Factors related to success of helping highly distressed individuals through emotional support online chat. Paper presented in a symposium "E-Health" (M. T. Arredondo-Waldmeyer & U. Meise, Co-Chairs) conducted in the conference "CyberTherapy 2005: A Decade of VR", Basel, Switzerland.

Barak, A. (2005, June). The Internet and suicidality: The beast and the beauty. Paper presented in the conference "Internet and suicidality: A rescue net or a trap in the net" conducted by Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2005, May). Phantom feelings: Emotional authenticity in fantasized reality. Paper presented in the conference "True feelings in virtual reality: On the experiential world of Internet surfers" conducted by The Open University of Israel, Ra'anana, Israel.
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Barak, A. (2005, May). Internet and suicides: Problems and risks versus opportunities and prospects. Paper presented in the conference "Prevention and Coping With Suicide in the 21th Century" conducted by For Life - Israeli Association for Suicide Prevention, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2004, December). The Use of the Internet for Sexuality Education. Paper presented in a symposium, "Sexuality and the Internet" (O. Be'eri-Grinspan, Chair), conducted at the Bi-Annual Conference of the Israeli Association of Sex Therapy, Herzeliya, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2004, August). Online counseling: Actionable knowledge for Employee Assistance Program in the framework of human resources e-services. Paper presented in a symposium, "Effective Human E-Service Delivery?" (S. Khapova, J. S. Svensson, & C. P. M. Wilderom, Co-Chairs), conducted at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, New Orleans.

Barak, A. (2004, June). The contribution of factors of session impact and textual parameters in helping highly distressed people in an emotional support chat. Paper presented in a symposium, "Clinical Evolutions and Technological Innovations (III): Novel Opportunities to Understand Change in Psychotherapy" (H. Kordy, Chair), conducted at the 35th Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Rome, Italy.

Barak, A. (2004, May). The study and analysis of online interactions. Paper presented in the Department of Psychology, Catholic University, Milan, Italy.

Barak, A. (2003, December). Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the Internet. Paper presented in the workshop "Rationality and Emotion" (A. Ben-Ze'ev, E. Gilboa-Schechtman, M. Zeidner, Co-Chairs), Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2003, December). SAHAR: An Israeli project for prevention of suicide through the Internet. Paper presented in a symposium, “The Internet and Suicides” (R. Hsiung, Chair), conducted at the 8th annual conference of MedNet, Geneva, Switzerland.

Barak, A. (2003, February). Children in a virtual world: Some protests and thoughts. Paper presented in the Beer Sheva Conference for Child Welfare (Session 11: Children in a Virtual World: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), Beer Sheva, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2003, February). MEITAL: Collaboration in academic e-learning. Paper presented at the Second Meital Annual Conference, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
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Barak, A. (2002, August). SAHAR: Emotional support and prevention for suicidal people via the Internet. Paper presented in a symposium, “Cyberspace Travel for Psychological Researchers, Educators, and Practitioners” (M. Fenichel, Chair), conducted at the 110th annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago.

Barak, A. (2002, July). Counseling psychology in Israel. Paper presented in a symposium, F. Leong (Chair) “International Perspectives on Counseling Psychology” at the 25th meeting of the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Singapore.

Barak, A. (2002, July). SAHAR: Emotional support and prevention for suicidal people via the Internet. Paper presented at the 25th meeting of the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Singapore.

Barak, A. (2002, July). Emotional support via the Internet as a means for assistance in crisis and suicide prevention. A paper presented at a Ministry of Health conference "Ways and Means in Preventing Youth Suicide - Is It Possible?," Tel-Hashomer, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2002, June). SAHAR: The second year of operation. Paper presented in Eshnav Fifth Annual Conference, Tel-Aviv. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2002, March). Harnessing the Internet for counseling and emotional support: The creator prevails over the golem. A paper presented at a Center for Educational Technology (CET) conference "Family and Internet," Tel Aviv, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2002, February). e-Learning in the academic teaching. Paper presented at the First Meital Annual Conference, Haifa, Israel. [Hebrew]

Barak, A. (2001, November). SAHAR: An Internet-based emotional support service for suicidal people. Paper presented at a conference of The British Psychological Society "Psychology and the Internet: A European Perspective", Farnborough, UK.
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Barak, A. (2001, June). SAHAR: Support and listening on the Net: Harnessing the Internet for support and rescue of people in severe emotional distress. Paper presented in Eshnav Fourth Annual Conference, Ramat Ef'al, Israel.
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Barak, A. (2001, June). Psychotherapy on the Internet. Paper presented in a conference, Lesly University (Israel Branch), Netanya, Israel.

Barak, A. (2001, April). Prospects and problems in online support groups. Paper presented in the Annual M. Karayanni Memorial Conference, University of Haifa,.Haifa, Israel.

Barak, A. (2001, January). Online support groups: Prospects and risks. Paper presented in a joint conference of the Israel Association of Psychotherapy and the Israel Association of Group Therapy "Groups in the New Era", Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Barak, A. (2000, September). The Internet: The beauty and the beast. Paper presented in a conference "Adolescents at the Beginning of a New Century: Where to the Youth Surf?", Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Barak, A. (2000, July). Emotional and behavioral Influences of the penetration of the Internet on individuals and families. Paper presented in the Annual Conference of School Counselors in Israel, Shfayim, Israel.

Barak, A. (2000, June). The Internet and suicides. Paper presented in Eshnav Third Annual Conference, Kfar Hamaccabia, Israel.

Barak, A. (2000, June). Internet-supported career counseling: Another look at the two faces of the Internet. Paper presented in D. Kass (Chair), Counseling on the Internet: Benefits versus pitfalls, Symposium conducted at the International Conference on Psychology, Haifa, Israel.

Barak, A. (1999, September). Risks and opportunities of various counseling models on the Internet. Paper presented in a conference of the Association of Vocational & Career Counseling in Israel, Ramat Ef'al, Israel.

Barak, A., & Wander-Schwartz, M. (1999, August). Empirical evaluation of brief group therapy through an Internet chat room. Paper presented in S. A. King (Chair), Internet Support Groups: Group Therapy by E-mail and Chat, Symposium conducted at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston.
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Barak, A. (1999, June). The Internet as a cross-cultural tool. Paper presented at the annual conference of Sietar, Zichron Yaacov, Israel.

Barak, A. (1998, November). Uses and applications of the Internet in the service of career counselors. Paper presented in a conference of the Association of Vocational & Career Counseling in Israel: Border-Free Employment and Careers, Maale Hahamisha, Israel.

Barak, A. (1997, October). Psychological counseling and therapy through the Internet: Where does the superhighway go? Paper presented in a symposium, A. Barak & A. Rolnik (Co-Chairs), Psychological applications on the Internet. Annual conference of the Israeli Psychological Association, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Sheskin, R., & Barak, A. (1997, June). Sexual harassment proclivities and vocational preferences. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto.

Safir, M. P., & Barak, A. (1997, March). An Israeli perspective on sex on the Internet. Paper presented at a conference of the Israeli Society for Sex Therapy, Tel-Aviv, Israel.