EMDR Research Foundation

EMDR Research Foundation

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

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Research Listing

2016 Research Award Recipients

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Four grants, totaling $60,130 were awarded in May 2016: including two $25,000 research grants, one $5,130 research grant, and one $5,000 dissertation research award: 

Two $25,000 research grants were awarded in May 2016 to the following:

G. Di Lorenzo, MD. PhD | University of Rome

Co-Applicants: L. Ostacoli, MD, A.Hofmann, MD & M. Pagani, MD, PhD

Project Title: Neurobiological processing of emotions in Major Depression: comparing the effects of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Anti-Depressant Medication.

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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.

    Read more: EMDR research articles from research supported through our grants

Wendy FreitagPresident's Message

The "State of the Foundation" Address

As the EMDR Research Foundation steps into its 10th year, I thought it fitting to do a “State of the Foundation” Address to review our accomplishments as well as set the course for the future.

We have started 2016 off in a great way. I offer a grand welcome to David Sherwood, Ph.D. of Massachusetts who joined the Board of Directors. Dr. Sherwood is well known and served our community for many years. He was a member of the EMDRIA Board, the Standards & Training Committee and ad hoc committees. He also served his local community as a Regional Coordinator and was a member and a Chair of EMDRIA’s RC Committee. He received the Outstanding Regional Coordinator Award in 2001. Dr. Sherwood has given much to EMDR therapy and we are grateful he is now lending a hand to the Foundation. Welcome David!journal traumatic stress

We also got fantastic news from our first grantee, Sarah Schubert of Australia, who was awarded a Dissertation Grant in 2010. Sarah wrote: “I am pleased to inform you that our research, which was made possible with the support of the EMDR Research Foundation, is in press with the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Our real world research that examined the effectiveness and underlying mechanisms of EMDR therapy to treat trauma in Timor Leste has been written into two research papers. The first of the papers has been accepted for publication, and the second has been submitted to the Journal of EMDR Research and Practice.” Great Job, Sarah! 

Read more: President's Message March 2016

EMDR Research Update 2015

3 new studies were granted $25,000 awards in 2015:

  • Pagani,M. Neurobiological features and response to EMDR treatment of PTSD in breast cancer patients.
  • Osctacoli, L. & Hofmann, A. Role of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) versus Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in reducing depressive symptoms in patients with Current Depressive Episodes and Recurrent Depression: a multicenter randomized controlled trial.
  • Amann, B. Comparison of a novel Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Bipolar protocol versus Supportive Therapy (ST) in the prevention of affective relapse in bipolar patients with a history of trauma: a multicenter single-blind randomized controlled trial.

6 Foundation-funded studies are in progress - with one each in the area of:

Read more: EMDR Research Update 2015


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