2016 Research Award Recipients
Four grants, totaling $60,130 were awarded in May
Two $25,000 research grants were awarded in May 2016 to the following:
Giorgio Di Lorenzo | University of Rome
Project Title: Neurobiological processing of emotions in Major Depression: comparing the effects of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Anti-Depressant Medication.
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.
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!
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!
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: