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

Announcing...The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children


The EMDR Research Foundation is honored to announce a new funding opportunity, “The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children.” All monies raised will be exclusively earmarked for EMDR therapy research with children. Last October, the EMDR therapy community suffered a tremendous loss when Carol York died in a freak auto accident. Carol was a pioneer in working with children and made EMDR therapy a significant part of her life’s work. Carol touched many people’s lives in numerous ways. She was EMDRIA’s first Executive Director and served in this capacity for 7 years. She was committed to enhancing the professionalism of EMDR therapy and remained dedicated to EMDR therapy as a trainer, specialty instructor, consultant and exemplary clinician. The EMDR Research Foundation is grateful to have had Carol as a donor and to all who have and will contribute in her memory. By donating to this fund you will support EMDR therapy research and provide “Hope for Children” as well as honor our esteemed colleague.

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President's Message

We Celebrate You!

Wendy Freitag
The EMDR Research Foundation is celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year.  This means we are celebrating YOU.  We are celebrating our loyal and generous donors, vendor donors, grant applicants and recipients, EMDR therapy researchers at large, volunteers who submitted TRIP articles, as well as the completed studies and published results because this is who and what has made the last 10 years possible!  

A Decade of Making a Difference in EMDR Therapy and Research

Celebrating this achievement also provides the opportunity to look ahead as to what is to come in the next 10 years.  Planning and strategizing about the Foundation’s future will be a main topic for our annual board meeting in Minneapolis this August.

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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:

2016 Research Award Recipients

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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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:

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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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