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Dr. Ohad Gilbar

Ohad Gilbar

Dr. Ohad Gilbar got his MA and PhD at the School of Social Work in Bar-Ilan University. His doctoral dissertation examined the contribution of traumatic events and related PTSS to predicting the cycle of intergenerational violence. His master's thesis focused on perceptions of masculine identity among Israeli veterans who developed PTSD as a result of their exposure to combat events. He has taught at Mavchar -- University of Haifa and at the School of Social Work in Bar-Ilan University.

During his PhD studies Ohad also worked alongside researchers from a World Health Organization research group who developed new definitions for the diagnoses of PTSD and complex PTSD that appear in the recently published Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual (ICD-11). As part of this collaboration he validated the measurement (ITQ – Iternational Trauma Questionnaire) developed to assess PTSD and complex PTSD in its Hebrew version. In addition, he took part in a study that examined the implications of exposure to terrorist attacks during Operation Protective Edge in terms of the mental and functional distress of children, parents, and social workers in foster care agencies.

This academic year (2018/19) he has been a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Boston University. He is a member of the research group in Prof. Casey Taft's lab in the field of PTSD.

In addition to conducting research, for the past 15 years he has been involved in clinical work in welfare services with men and women trying to get out of cycles of domestic violence. He also worked for eight years with military PTSD sufferers as a mental health officer in his military reserve duty.

In recent years Ohad's academic interests – both in terms of research and clinical work – have focused on the contribution of traumatic event exposure, PTSD, and gender to intimate partner violence. Additionally, he concentrates on developing and validating measurements to assess these issues.