Prof. Joseph Levine

Senior Psychiatrist


Yossi Levine

Yossi Levine

Prof. Joseph Levine is a Specialist in Psychiatry with more than 35 years of experience in Psychiatry. Prof. Levine is a former Director of the Adult, Psychogeriatric, and Forensic Psychiatric Wards and Outpatient Clinic at the Beer-sheva Mental Health Center as well as other hospitals in Israel.

Prof. Levine has a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel Aviv (Isreal, 1982), and his M.A. Sci. (cum laude) degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of Tel Aviv (1985). He is also an Examiner for Specialization in Psychiatry on behalf of the Scientific Council of Israel.

He had received 3 years of training in psychotherapy and another 2 years of training in family therapy, from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. He also has a diploma in Hypnosis form the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Between the years 1997 and 2000, Prof. Levine was undergoing 3 years of research in the bipolar unit and the Neurophysics Laboratory of the psychiatric department of the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

Prof. Levine is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Psychiatric Division of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Since 1987, Prof. Levine has published more than 150 scientific manuscripts and book chapters in the international scientific literature.

In collaboration with Prof. RH Belmaker, Prof. S Gershon, Prof. KN Chengappa, and Prof. JW Pettegrew, Prof. Levine has explored the efficacy of a variety of innovative therapeutic drug treatments in psychiatric disorders, including Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Bipolar illness and Schizophrenia. Such treatments included Myo-Inositol, Acetylcarnitine and Creatine, among others. In later years, he also explored the role of Homocysteine as a possible risk factor in Schizophrenia (together with RH Belmaker), PTSD, and Eating Disorders.

During 2017-2018, Prof. Levine spent a few months of his sabbatical period in Prof. Galila Agam's Neurobiology Laboratory for Psychiatric Disorders in the Be'er Sheva Mental Health Center, which is affiliated with Ben Gurion University.

During 2018-2019, Prof. Levine spent a one-year Sabbatical at the Neuroscientific laboratory of Prof. Illana Gozes at Tel Aviv University.

Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, Volume 70 Number 2, February 2020Neuroprotection in Autism, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's diseaseRecently, Prof. Levine and Prof. Gozes edited a scientific book on neuroprotection in autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease. It was published in November 2019 through Academic Press publishing. In addition, they edited a Special Issue on "Autism, Psychiatric Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases" in the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, published in February 2020.

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