EMDR Research Foundation

  • The EMDR Research Foundation is the only organization worldwide dedicated to the study of EMDR therapy.

  • Founded, in 2006, the EMDR Research Foundation is a registered 501c3 dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in EMDR therapy. In an effort to inform, strengthen and expand the understanding and effective use of EMDR, ultimately the Foundation enhances the quality of life for people everywhere by facilitating healing, health and well-being.

  • EMDR therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy effective in the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions; research is essential for expanding our understanding and application of EMDR therapy for different populations and issues.

  • The Foundation website is designed to provide a wealth of information to researchers, donors, therapists and the public.

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As most of you know, the main purpose of the EMDR Research Foundation is to financially support high quality EMDR therapy research. The Board of Directors remains grateful to all of the loyal and generous donors who support our mission. In this article I would like to highlight some of the additional resources supplied by the Foundation as well as those offered by others and available through our website. These resources can be of help to both researchers and clinicians who have an interest in high quality EMDR therapy research and practice.

We have a great opportunity for a researcher or team who has had difficulty securing the necessary IRB review to apply for a grant. IntegReview IRB (www.integreview.com) has generously donated one IRB review to help support the mission of the Foundation. The Board has announced a one-time online auction for U.S. researchers planning an EMDR therapy research study. The prize is an initial review of your project by IntegReview IRB, worth up to $1785, and includes Study protocol/design; One informed consent (or request for a Waiver of Consent); Researcher’s CV and training; Recruitment materials; Surveys/questionnaires; and Participant instructions. IntegReview IRB will provide templates to help a researcher start a project. Their team will also be available to help through the IRB process and provide guidance. Bidding is open now and extends through our next two grant cycles ending 7/1/18. Please visit our website (www. emdrresearchfoundation.org/irb-auction) for all the details. Please feel free to share this information with friends and colleagues.

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2017 Research Award Recipients

Two grants, totaling $32,850 were awarded in 2017: including one $25,000 research grants and one $7,850 research grant.

One $25,000 research grant was awarded in September 2017 to the following:

A. Roberts PhD, R. Eads, LMHC; C. P. A. Brigham, LICSW; S. Burnham LICSW; & P. Krentzel, PhD

Project Title: The examination of the effects of the EMDR Group Traumatic Episode Protocol on anxiety, trauma and depression in patients living with a cancer diagnosis within the past year.


The purpose of the multi-site study is to examine whether the G-TEP protocol is effective and safe for use with cancer patients and significantly reduces post traumatic symptoms, anxiety, and depression. This is a research protocol testing the viability of extending EMDR formally used for individuals to a group setting with increased efficacy and economics as the potential benefit. The primary hypothesis is that the G-TEP will significantly lower test scores on the SPRINT, a measure for Post traumatic Stress Disorder, the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, which measures both more transient anxiety (state) and more characterological and enduring anxiety (trait) and the Beck Depression Inventory-II, which measures components necessary for a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder.

One $7,850 research grant was awarded in September 2017 to the following:

Dr. I.A.E. Bicanic, Dr. C.A.J. de Jong, Dr. J.H.C. van den Hout, & Dr. R.J.C. (Rafaële) Huntjens

Project Title: Early Intervention with EMDR to reduce PTSD symptom severity: A randomized controlled trial in recent rape victims. 


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Publications from unbiased EMDR research supported by donors

The following EMDR journal articles and scholarly presentations are from our grant recipients. This is the fruit of science and practice working together to change people's lives:

  • Schubert, S. J., Lee, C. W., Araujo, G., Butler, S. R., Taylor, G., & Drummond, P. D. (2016). The Effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy to Treat Symptoms Following Trauma in Timor Leste.Journal of traumatic stress,29(2), 141-148. 
    Abstract:  Participants were 21 Timorese adults with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), assessed as those who scored 2 on the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ). Participants were treated with EMDR therapy.Depression and anxiety symptoms were assessed using the Hopkins Symptom Checklist.

    Symptom changes post-EMDR treatment were compared to a stabilization control intervention period in which participants served as their own waitlist control. Sessions were 60–90 mins. The average number of sessions was 4.15 (SD = 2.06). Despite difficulties providing treatment cross-culturally (i.e., language barriers), EMDR therapy was followed by significant and large reductions in trauma symptoms (Cohen’s d = 2.48), depression (d = 2.09), and anxiety (d = 1.77). At posttreatment, 20 (95.2%) participants scored below the HTQ PTSD cutoff of 2.

    Reliable reductions in trauma symptoms were reported by 18 participants (85.7%) posttreatment and 16 (76.2%) at 3-month follow-up. Symptoms did not improve during the control period. Findings support the use of EMDR therapy for treatment of adults with PTSD in a cross-cultural, postwar/conflict setting, and suggest that structured trauma treatments can be applied in Timor Leste.

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To support it's mission and vision, the EMDR Research Foundation has established four mechanisms to fund research on EMDR Therapy: Doctoral Dissertation Grant Awards, Research Grant Awards, Research Consultation Awards, and Research Dissemination Travel Awards.



Funding and promoting scientific research is crucial to the advancement of EMDR Therapy and its positive impact on people’s lives. By supporting EMDR research, the EMDR Research Foundation is investing in the health and well-being of people everywhere.

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