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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President's Message

Our Goals ACHIEVED - Thanks to You!


It was such a delight to see all of the friends (new and loyal) of the EMDR Research Foundation at our annual fundraising event in Bellevue, Washington.  We are so grateful that so many EMDR therapy clinicians came to our booth to buy raffle tickets, make a donation, and/or join or increase their monthly pledge as a Visionary Alliance donor.  Our goal of 30 new Visionary Alliance members was achieved along with several increases to donor’s monthly pledges.  As well we exceeded our financial goal, which will certainly help us in our future funding of high quality EMDR therapy research.  

I want to acknowledge our vendors and individuals who donated prizes to our raffle.  These included Agate Institute & Ana Gomez, Barbara Hensley, BioMat Sales, Convention Media Solutions, Cynthia Kong & Gerald Puk, DNMS Institute, EMDR Consulting, EMDR Exchange, EMDR Institute, EMDR Therapist Networker, Harbor Wellness, HeartMath, Mentor Books, Neurotek Corp, The Recovery Ranch, Ross Institute, Soaring Hope, The TouchPoint Solution, and Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute. We are grateful to each of these organizations and individuals, both the loyal repeat donors as well as those who provided a prize for the first time.  This year’s raffle was again a huge success and we could not have done it without their help.  

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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. 


In the Netherlands, approximately 3% of men and 12% of women have experienced rape in their lifetime. The risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for these individuals is high, with rates up to 40% at three months post-rape. The sexual assault centers in the Netherlands provide integrated care for victims of a recent rape. Besides medical care and forensic examination, the victims are offered immediate psychological care, aimed to alleviate acute post-traumatic stress symptoms. The psychological care includes monitoring of symptoms of post-traumatic stress, also known as watchful waiting. However, watchful waiting is not enough; that is, in an earlier study we found that about 40% of the sexual assault victims still developed PTSD. Therefore, investigating the efficacy of reducing the symptom severity of PTSD by a so-called early intervention is important.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether offering Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy at an early stage can be efficacious in reducing the symptom severity of PTSD, and other symptoms of psychopathology in victims of a recent sexual assault.  This study is a multi-center RCT wherein 34 victims aged ≥ 16 will be included 7 days post-rape after visiting/contacting one of the participating sexual assault centers. Participants will be randomly allocated to either Early EMDR therapy or Treatment As Usual (TAU) (watchful waiting). The Early EMDR group will receive the treatment between day 14 and 28 post-rape. The primary outcome is the severity of PTSD symptoms 12 weeks post-rape. Secondary outcomes are the presence of other psychopathology, especially dissociation and sexual problems. Also, the role of dissociation (peritraumatic and persistent) in both the development of PTSD and treatment response will be investigated.  If this study shows that offering EMDR therapy early is effective in reducing the symptom severity of PTSD, it would provide trauma therapists with a short preventive intervention to treat (recent) assault victims. It could also contribute to the prevention of re-victimization.


2016 Research Award Recipients

Seven grants, totaling $91,130 were awarded in 2016: including three $25,000 research grants, one $5,130 research grant, two $5,000 dissertation research awards, and one $1,000 consultation award.

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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:

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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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Whether you are a client, clinician, researcher, or have a loved one who might benefit from EMDR Therapy, we can provide answers to the most common questions about EMDR. Learn how EMDR Therapy works, what to expect during an EMDR session, and what problems can be treated with EMDR Therapy.

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