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  • Prof.  Yehuda Neumark
prof yehuda neumark
Short Bio
I am an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine - the oldest and largest school of public health in Israel and recognized by the W.H.O. as a Collaborating Center for Capacity Building in Public Health.
In 2007-2012 I directed the International Master of Public Health (IMPH) Program at the Braun SPH which has nearly 800 IMPH graduates from 90 countries mostly in low-income and transitional-income regions.

My research focuses primarily on the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use and misuse, and on the application of information and communication technologies for health promotion among young adults. This work is currently funded by grants from the European Union (7th EU RTD) and other local and international funding agencies, and is reflected in over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

I consult to the Israeli Parliament and other governmental-agencies on national alcohol and drug policy and strategy.

Most importantly perhaps, I am a proud and happy grandfather of six deliciously wonderful grandchildren (my children aren't too bad either)!
Teaching and Mentoring
My teaching responsibilities include courses in epidemiology, research methods, and community-oriented primary care (COPC), and I mentor public health students and medical students at the bachelor, master and doctoral level. I regularly lecture in other universities in Israel and abroad (e.g., Kenya, Nepal, Turkey, USA).
Research Projects
Epidemiology of drug and alcohol use and misuse​
Use of internet as a source of health information among adoelscents
The interface between the physician and the e-adolescent: Influence of online information on the attitudes and practices of physicians and other health care providers
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Selected Publications

Neumark YD, López-Quintero C, Grinshpoon A, Levinson D (2007, Invited Paper) Alcohol drinking patterns and prevalence of alcohol-abuse and dependence in a national sample of Israeli adults. Israel Journal of Psychiatry & Related Sciences, 44:126–135. 

Jaffe DH, Neumark YD, Eisenbach Z, Manor O (2008) Educational inequalities in mortality: changes over time in a dynamic population. Health and Place, 14:287–298. 

Degenhardt L, Chiu W-T, Sampson N, Kessler R, Anthony J, Andermeyer M, Bruffaerts R, de Girolamo G, Gureje O, Huang Y,​ Karam E, Kostyuchenko S, Lepine J-P, Medina-Mora ME, Neumark Y, Ormel J, Pinto-Meza A, Posada-Villa J, Stein D, Takeshima T, Wells JE (2008) Toward a global view of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and cocaine use: Findings from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. PLoS Medicine, 5:1053-67; e141. 

Lopez-Quintero C, Freeman P, Neumark YD (2009) Hand-washing among school children in Bogotá, Colombia. American Journal of Public Health, 99:94-101

Jaffe DH, Neumark YD, Eisenbach Z, Manor O (2009) Parity-related mortality: shape of association among middle-aged and elderly men and women. European Journal of Epidemiology, 24:9–16. 

Lopez-Quintero C, Berry EM, Neumark YD (2009) Limited English proficiency is a barrier to receipt of advice about physical activity and diet among Hispanics with chronic illnesses in the US. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109:1769-74. (Reprinted in special issue of the journal – #44)

Durst R, Neumark Y, Meiner V, Friedlander Y, Sharon N, Pollak A, Beeri R, Danenberg H, Erez G, Spitzen S, Ben-Avi , Leitersdorf E, Lotan C (2009) Increased risk for atherosclerosis in of various Macrophage Scavenger Receptor 1 alleles. Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers, 13:583-7.

Lopez-Quintero C, Neumark Y (2010) Effects of risk perception of marijuana use on marijuana use and intentions to use among adolescents in Bogotá, Colombia, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 109:65-72. 

Cohen-Moreno R, Schiff M, Levitt S, Bar-Hamburger R, Strauss S, Neumark Y (2010) Knowledge about hepatitis-C among methadone maintenance treatment patients in Israel. Substance Use and Misuse, 45:58-76. 

Degenhardt L, Dierker L, Chiu WT, Medina-Mora ME, Neumark Y, Sampson N, Alonso J, Angermeyer M, Anthony JC, Bruffaerts R, de Girolamo G, de Graaf R, Gureje O, Karam AN, Kostyuchenko S, Lee S, Lépine JP, Levinson D, Nakamura Y, Posada-Villa J, Stein D, Wells JE, Kessler RC (2010) Evaluating the drug use “gateway” theory using crossnational data: Consistency and associations of the order of initiation of drug use among participants in the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108:84-97.  [*First 6 authors were the lead authors on the paper] 

de Graaf R, Radovanovic M, van Laar M, Fairman B, Degenhardt L, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Bruffaerts R, de Girolamo G, Fayyad J, Gureje O, Maria Haro J, Huang Y, Kostychenko S, Lepine J-P, Matschinger H, Medina Mora ME, Neumark Y, Ormel J, Posada-Villa J, Stein DJ, Tachimori H, Wells E, Anthony JCPI (2010) Early cannabis use and estimated risk of later onset of depression spells. Epidemiological: evidence from the population-based WHO World Mental Health Survey Initiative. American Journal of Epidemiology, 172:149-59

Storr CL, Cheng H, Alonso J, Angermeyer M, Bruffaerts R, de Girolamo G, de Graaf R, Gureje O, Karam EG, Kostyuchenko S, Lee S, Lepine JP, Medina Mora ME, Myer L, Neumark Y, Posada-Villa J, Watanabe M, Wells JE, Kessler RC, Anthony JC (2010). Smoking estimates from around the world: data from the first 17 participating countries in the World Mental Health Survey Consortium. Tobacco Control, 19:65-74. 

Neumark YD (2010) Limited English proficiency is a barrier to receipt of advice about physical activity and diet among Hispanics with chronic illnesses in the US. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 110:S62-S67. 

Neumark Y, Bar-Hamburger R (2011). Inhalant drug use among youth in Israel: Results of a national school survey. (Invited Paper) Substance Use and Misuse, 46:21-6.

Lopez-Quintero C, Neumark Y (2011).  Volatile substance misuse among Bogotá School Children (Invited Paper) Substance Use and Misuse, 46:50-6. 

Neumark Y, Manor O, Berry EM (2011). Promoting Public Health in Developing and Transition Countries: The International MPH Program and other capacity-building activities at the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel.  Public Health Reviews, 33:251-63. 

Usmanova G, Neumark Y, Baras M, McKee M (2011). Patterns of adult tobacco use in Uzbekistan. European Journal of Public Health, 22:704-7. 

Neumark Y, Lopez-Quintero C, Bobashev G (2012). Drug use opportunities as opportunities for drug use prevention: Bogota, Colombia a case in point Bogota, Colombia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 122:127-34.  

Morse D, Schiff M, Levit S, Cohen-Moreno R, Williams GC, Neumark Y (2012). A pilot training program for a motivational enhancement approach to heptitis-c virus treatment among individuals in Israeli methadone clinics. Substance Use and Misuse, 47:56–66.

Lopez-Quintero C, Neumark Y (2012). Barras bravas membership and its influence on drug use (in Spanish). Peruvian Journal of Experimental Medicine and Public Health (Spanish). 29:21-7.

Neumark Y, Alcohol consumption in Israel: A public health and medical problem. IMAJ - Israel Medical Association Journal, 14:315-7.  

Neumark Y, Flum L, Lopez-Quintero C, Shtarkshall R (2012) Content analysis of online health information: quality of Hebrew-language websites about oral contraceptives. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 1:38

Neumark Y, Lopez-Quintero C, Feldman B, Hirsch-Allen AJ, Shtarkshal R (2013). Online health information seeking among Jewish and Arab adolescents in Israel: Results from a national school survey. Journal of Health Communication, 18:1097-115.

Glantz MD, Medina-Mora ME, Petukhova M, Andrade LH, Anthony JC, de Girolamo G, de Graaf R, Degenhardt L, Demytteenaere K, Florescu S, Gureje O, Haro JM, Horiguchik I, Karam EG, Kostyuchenko S, Lee S, Lepine JP, Matschinger H, Neumark Y, Posada-Villa J, Sagar R, Stein DJ, Tomov T, Wells JE, Chatterji S, Kessler RC. (In Press) Alcohol abuse in developed and developing countries in the World Mental Health surveys: Socially defined consequences or psychiatric disorder? The American Journal on Addictions.


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