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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The President's Message

The Big Why?

WendyFreitagIn the opening scene of the movie Collateral Beauty, the Will Smith character asked his employees "What is your Why?" Not just why did you come to work, but “The Big Why?” He went on to talk about the three abstractions--love, time and death that connect every person. The abstractions are the thing we most want to covert (love), what we wish we had more of (time), and what most people fear (death). For whatever reason this question struck me intensely in the moment and made me pause. My thoughts and considerations went immediately to “The Big Why?” about the EMDR Research Foundation.

It made me consider why I (and likely most Board Members) have been committed to the EMDR Research Foundation all these years. I believe it is our ‘love’ and commitment to EMDR therapy, which we know will make our client’s world a much better place. However our ‘love’ and commitment goes much further than that.

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Featured on Youtube Video with Dr. Francine Shapiro about EMDR therapy

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.

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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:

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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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EMDR Research Foundation

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