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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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:

childhood  -  depression  -  veterans  -  sex offenders  -  PTSD neuroanatomy  -  fibromyalgia

2 studies have been completed and presented in conference:

  • Bira, L., Stuetzle, R & Ironson, G. (2014) Determining person-treatment fit for brief treatment of trauma in a community setting: which interventions are best for whom? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Miami.
  • Hermans, E. L.D. De Voogd: None. J.W. Kanen: None. K. Roelofs: None. G. Fernández: None. E.J. Hermans: None.Neurobiological basis for EMDR: the medial temporal lobe suppression hypothesis. Preliminary results were presented as a poster in October 2015 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago.

2 studies were completed and submitted for publication:

  • Butler, C. Comparing the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to treatment as usual for veterans with military-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Sarno. M. Effectiveness of a 5-day EMDR treatment for PTSD.

2 have been accepted/published:

  • Schubert SJ, Lee CW, deAraujo G, Butler SR, Taylor G, Drummond P (in press) The effect of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat symptoms following trauma in Timor Leste. Journal of Traumatic Stress.
  • Pagani M, DiLorenzo G, Monaco L, Daverio A, Giannoidas I, LaPorta P, Verardo AR, Niolu C, Fernandez, I & Siracusano A (2015) Neurobiological response to EMDR therapy in clients with different psychological traumas. Frontiers in Psychology 6:1614, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.O1614.


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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