Dr. Barach is the author of scientific and clinical articles on dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). He is Senior Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Within the dissociative disorders field, he is known for having first highlighted the link between disordered attachment and the origins of dissociative disorders. He also chaired the committee that authored the first set of treatment guidelines for adults with DID. In addition to his writings on dissociation, Dr. Barach also wrote (with R. F. Stamps) The Therapist’s Internet Handbook, published by W. W. Norton. He has served as a script consultant for broadcast media and as a reviewer for several journals.
Dr. Barach treats adults and couples. His specialties are the treatment of depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, and work with adult survivors of abuse or other traumas. Dr. Barach has an integrative approach to therapy. He focuses on helping clients change patterns of thinking and acting that block them from getting what they need or want. He has had training in clinical hypnosis and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD).
Dr. Barach has been a Clinical Psychologist since 1983. He attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan, receiving a BA in Psychology with Honors. He completed an MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Case Western Reserve University.
He is a psychologist at Louis B. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, where he conducts evaluations for veterans who are applying for compensation and pension. He formerly was a psychologist at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Psychiatric Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he evaluated felony defendants and provided expert testimony on issues such as Competency to Stand Trial, Sanity at the Time of the Act, mitigating factors, Movement to Nonsecured Status, and eligibility for civil commitment. Dr. Barach has also served as an expert for both plaintiff and defense attorneys in civil matters, such as psychological malpractice and personal injury lawsuits.