Dr Vlasios Brakoulias

Senior Lecturer
Psychiatry, Nepean Clinical School

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Biographical details

Dr Brakoulias is currently in a conjoint academic position at Nepean Hospital. He is the coordinator of the Nepean Clinical School medical student teaching program in Psychiatry and the coordinator of written assessment for the discipline of Psychiatry. Dr Brakoulias is a member of the editorial committee of Australasian Psychiatry. He has been a successful recipient of several competitive research grants from the Nepean Medical Research Foundation, the Pfizer Neuroscience Grant Program and the University of Sydney. Dr Brakoulias is also a staff specialist working as a consultant psychiatrist in the acute psychiatric unit of Nepean Hospital. Dr Brakoulias is an accredited examiner with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and Chair of the Network Governance Committee for the Sydney West andGreater Southern registrar training zone.He also works closely with the Nepean Anxiety Disorders Clinic where he persues his clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, in particular obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Research interests

Dr Brakoulias completed his PhD in 2012 where he assessed for subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is the chief investigator in a large longitudinal assessmentof the characteristics of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder called The Nepean OCD Study. This study is continuing to recruit participants with OCD. He is particularly interested in the role of belief in obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental disorders. During his fellowship with the Institute of Psychiatry he assessed psychotherapeutic interventions for delusions and other abberant beliefs. To hear Dr Brakoulias talking about OCD and the Nepean OCD Study on ABC radio click onto: http://blogs.abc.net.au/nsw/702_mornings/?site=sydney&program=702_mornings.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Brakoulias gives lectures and tutorials to medical students on the topic of schizophrenia. He delivers skills based sessions relating to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and side effects of psychotropic medication. Dr Brakoulias regularly gives talks to registrars, resident medical officers, general practitioners and community groups. He has presented at local and international psychiatric conferences.

Selected grants

2009

  • Symptom-based subtypes of obsessive- complusive disorder; Brakoulias V, Berle D; Pfizer Australia/Neuroscience Research Grants.

2008

  • Study of symptom-based subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); Brakoulias V; University of Sydney/Internal Scheme.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Phu, A., Xu, Z., Brakoulias, V., Mahant, N., Fung, V., De Moore, G., Martin, A., Starcevic, V., Krause, M. (2014). Effect of impulse control disorders on disability and quality of life in Parkinson's disease patients. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 21(1), 63-66. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V. (2014). New diagnostic perspectives on obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and its links with other conditions. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 27(1), 62-67. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A., Martin, A. (2014). The relationships between obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions and cognitions in obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Psychiatric quarterly, 85(2), 133-142. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2013). "This won't hurt a bit". Australasian Psychiatry, 21(6), 595-595. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2013). Diagnostic subtyping of obsessive-compulsive disorder: have we got it all wrong? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(1), 23-25. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Bearle, D., Sammut, P., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Martin, A. (2013). Further Support for Five Dimensions of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201(6), 452-459. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2013). Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder co-occurring with obsessive-compulsive disorder: Conceptual and clinical implications. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(1), 65-73. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Seymour, J., Lee, J., Sammut, P., Starcevic, V. (2013). Predictors of the length of stay in a psychiatric emergency care centre. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(6), 563-566. [More Information]
  • Lampe, L., Fritz, K., Boyce, P., Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V., Walter, G., Shadbolt, N., Harris, A., Malhi, G. (2013). Psychiatrists and GPs: diagnostic decision making, personality profiles and attitudes toward depression and anxiety. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(3), 231-237. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2013). Releasing medical records to the mentally ill: What about the carer? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(10), 962-963. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Sammut, P., Martin, A. (2013). The characteristics of unacceptable/taboo thoughts in obsessive–compulsive disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54(7), 750-757. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Sammut, P., Martin, A. (2013). The use of psychotropic agents for the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(2), 117-121. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2012). Are we becoming obsessed about climate change? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(3), 275-276. [More Information]
  • Lampe, L., Shadbolt, N., Starcevic, V., Boyce, P., Brakoulias, V., Hitching, R., Viswasam, K., Walter, G., Malhi, G. (2012). Diagnostic processes in mental health: GPs and psychiatrists reading from the same book but on a different page. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(5), 374-378. [More Information]
  • Berle, D., Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A., Moses, K. (2012). Disgust propensity in obsessive-compulsive disorder: cross-sectional and prospective relationships. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43(1), 656-663. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2012). Interpersonal reassurance seeking in obsessive-compulsive disorder and its relationship with checking compulsions. Psychiatry Research, 200(2-3), 560-567. [More Information]
  • Rankin, K., Brakoulias, V. (2012). Patterns of hypnotic medication use for sleep disturbance amongst hospital inpatients. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(4), 301-304. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2012). Products containing synthetic cannabinoids and psychosis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(3), 281-282. [More Information]
  • Nasti, J., Brakoulias, V. (2011). Chronic baclofen abuse and withdrawal delirium. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(1), 86-87. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2011). Functions of compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(6), 449-457. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Sara, G. (2011). Hospital admissions for obsessive-compulsive disorder in NSW, 1997 to 2010. Australasian Psychiatry, 19(6), 502-506. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Sammut, P., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A. (2011). Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders: a comorbidity and family history perspective. Australasian Psychiatry, 19(2), 151-155. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V. (2011). The Characterization of Beliefs in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The Psychiatric quarterly, 82(2), 151-161. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2011). The nature and correlates of avoidance in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(10), 871-879. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Mandali, R., Seymour, J., Sammut, P., Starcevic, V. (2010). Characteristics of admissions to a recently opened Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(4), 326-329. [More Information]
  • Anwar, N., Brakoulias, V. (2010). Safety of electroconvulsive therapy after subdural haemorrhage. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(3), 294. [More Information]
  • Berle, D., Starcevic, V., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Sammut, P., Brakoulias, V. (2010). The Factor Structure of the Kessler-10 Questionnaire in a Treatment-Seeking Sample. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198(9), 660-664. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, D., Brakoulias, V., Boyce, P. (2009). An evaluation of monitoring practices in patients on second generation antipsychotics. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(4), 295-299. [More Information]
  • Wilson, K., Brakoulias, V. (2009). Magnesium intake and depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(6), 580. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V. (2008). A cross-sectional survey of the frequency and characteristics of delusions in acute psychiatric wards. Australasian Psychiatry, 16(2), 87-91. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Langdon,, R., Sloss, G., Coltheart, M., Meares, R., Harris, A. (2008). Delusions and reasoning: A study involving cognitive behavioural therapy. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 13(2), 148-165. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V. (2008). Symptom subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder: are they relevant for treatment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(8), 651-661. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Ryan, C., Byth Wilson, K. (2006). Patients with deliberate self-harm seen by a consultation-liaison service. Australasian Psychiatry, 14(2), 192-197. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Bannan, E., Cohen, P., Geary, G. (2005). Amisulpride and cardiomyopathy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(8), 738. [More Information]

2014

  • Phu, A., Xu, Z., Brakoulias, V., Mahant, N., Fung, V., De Moore, G., Martin, A., Starcevic, V., Krause, M. (2014). Effect of impulse control disorders on disability and quality of life in Parkinson's disease patients. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 21(1), 63-66. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V. (2014). New diagnostic perspectives on obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and its links with other conditions. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 27(1), 62-67. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A., Martin, A. (2014). The relationships between obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions and cognitions in obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Psychiatric quarterly, 85(2), 133-142. [More Information]

2013

  • Brakoulias, V. (2013). "This won't hurt a bit". Australasian Psychiatry, 21(6), 595-595. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2013). Diagnostic subtyping of obsessive-compulsive disorder: have we got it all wrong? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(1), 23-25. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Bearle, D., Sammut, P., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Martin, A. (2013). Further Support for Five Dimensions of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201(6), 452-459. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2013). Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder co-occurring with obsessive-compulsive disorder: Conceptual and clinical implications. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(1), 65-73. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Seymour, J., Lee, J., Sammut, P., Starcevic, V. (2013). Predictors of the length of stay in a psychiatric emergency care centre. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(6), 563-566. [More Information]
  • Lampe, L., Fritz, K., Boyce, P., Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V., Walter, G., Shadbolt, N., Harris, A., Malhi, G. (2013). Psychiatrists and GPs: diagnostic decision making, personality profiles and attitudes toward depression and anxiety. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(3), 231-237. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2013). Releasing medical records to the mentally ill: What about the carer? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(10), 962-963. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Sammut, P., Martin, A. (2013). The characteristics of unacceptable/taboo thoughts in obsessive–compulsive disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54(7), 750-757. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Sammut, P., Martin, A. (2013). The use of psychotropic agents for the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(2), 117-121. [More Information]

2012

  • Brakoulias, V. (2012). Are we becoming obsessed about climate change? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(3), 275-276. [More Information]
  • Lampe, L., Shadbolt, N., Starcevic, V., Boyce, P., Brakoulias, V., Hitching, R., Viswasam, K., Walter, G., Malhi, G. (2012). Diagnostic processes in mental health: GPs and psychiatrists reading from the same book but on a different page. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(5), 374-378. [More Information]
  • Berle, D., Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A., Moses, K. (2012). Disgust propensity in obsessive-compulsive disorder: cross-sectional and prospective relationships. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43(1), 656-663. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2012). Interpersonal reassurance seeking in obsessive-compulsive disorder and its relationship with checking compulsions. Psychiatry Research, 200(2-3), 560-567. [More Information]
  • Rankin, K., Brakoulias, V. (2012). Patterns of hypnotic medication use for sleep disturbance amongst hospital inpatients. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(4), 301-304. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V. (2012). Products containing synthetic cannabinoids and psychosis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(3), 281-282. [More Information]

2011

  • Nasti, J., Brakoulias, V. (2011). Chronic baclofen abuse and withdrawal delirium. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(1), 86-87. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2011). Functions of compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(6), 449-457. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Sara, G. (2011). Hospital admissions for obsessive-compulsive disorder in NSW, 1997 to 2010. Australasian Psychiatry, 19(6), 502-506. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V., Sammut, P., Berle, D., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A. (2011). Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders: a comorbidity and family history perspective. Australasian Psychiatry, 19(2), 151-155. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V. (2011). The Characterization of Beliefs in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The Psychiatric quarterly, 82(2), 151-161. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Berle, D., Brakoulias, V., Sammut, P., Moses, K., Milicevic, D., Hannan, A. (2011). The nature and correlates of avoidance in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(10), 871-879. [More Information]

2010

  • Brakoulias, V., Mandali, R., Seymour, J., Sammut, P., Starcevic, V. (2010). Characteristics of admissions to a recently opened Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(4), 326-329. [More Information]
  • Anwar, N., Brakoulias, V. (2010). Safety of electroconvulsive therapy after subdural haemorrhage. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(3), 294. [More Information]
  • Berle, D., Starcevic, V., Milicevic, D., Moses, K., Hannan, A., Sammut, P., Brakoulias, V. (2010). The Factor Structure of the Kessler-10 Questionnaire in a Treatment-Seeking Sample. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198(9), 660-664. [More Information]

2009

  • Nguyen, D., Brakoulias, V., Boyce, P. (2009). An evaluation of monitoring practices in patients on second generation antipsychotics. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(4), 295-299. [More Information]
  • Wilson, K., Brakoulias, V. (2009). Magnesium intake and depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(6), 580. [More Information]

2008

  • Brakoulias, V., Starcevic, V. (2008). A cross-sectional survey of the frequency and characteristics of delusions in acute psychiatric wards. Australasian Psychiatry, 16(2), 87-91. [More Information]
  • Brakoulias, V., Langdon,, R., Sloss, G., Coltheart, M., Meares, R., Harris, A. (2008). Delusions and reasoning: A study involving cognitive behavioural therapy. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 13(2), 148-165. [More Information]
  • Starcevic, V., Brakoulias, V. (2008). Symptom subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder: are they relevant for treatment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(8), 651-661. [More Information]

2006

  • Brakoulias, V., Ryan, C., Byth Wilson, K. (2006). Patients with deliberate self-harm seen by a consultation-liaison service. Australasian Psychiatry, 14(2), 192-197. [More Information]

2005

  • Brakoulias, V., Bannan, E., Cohen, P., Geary, G. (2005). Amisulpride and cardiomyopathy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(8), 738. [More Information]

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