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

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President's Message

EMDR Therapy Saves Lives

WendyFreitagThe EMDR Research Foundation is excited to announce our 2017 Fundraising campaign, “EMDR Therapy Saves Lives.” The goals are to 1) double the number of donors, 2) award grants totaling $300,000 and 3) build on our foundation in the EMDR therapy community. These goals are quite ambitious and are clearly driven by the significant need for EMDR therapy research. High quality unbiased research guides and determines the standard of care of the treatment we provide. It provides a better understand of how best to treat our clients so they may find their life again or maybe find it for the first time. High quality research would provide empirical validation of the dramatic changes that occur in one’s life when treated with EMDR therapy. As well, understanding the neurological changes as a result of EMDR therapy would validate what clinicians know to be true. Comparison studies demonstrating EMDR therapy is equally or superior to other evidenced-based trauma treatments are in need of investigation.

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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.

One $25,000 research grant was awarded in September 2016 to the following:

Marleen Rijkeboer,  Marcel van den Hout, Erick ten Broeke | Utrecht University, Netherlands

Project Title: EMDR as an Innovative Strategy in the Treatment of OCD

The aim of this research is to critically examine the effect of EMDR added to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) on treatment acceptability and outcome in patients with OCD. The evidence of the effect of EMDR for OCD is scant, although on theoretical grounds and clinical impressions it is hypothesized that EMDR will effectively reduce the impact of fear imagery in OCD, thereby lowering distress. Hence, it is expected that patients will be more prepared to engage in, and less inclined to drop-out, leading to an increase of the overall OCD treatment effect.

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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:


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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