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

#ILoveEMDRResearch : A Decade of Making a Difference

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The EMDR Research Foundation is celebrating our 10th Anniversary, and YOU are part of our celebration.  The goal of our "EMDR Research Foundation: A Decade Of Making Difference" 2016 fundraising campaign is to raise enough money to fund more research in EMDR therapy than ever before. Whether you will be in Minneapolis during our annual fundraising event or watching from the sidelines, you can be a part of that effort.

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  • If you are attending the EMDRIA conference this year in Minneapolis be sure to participate in our Raffle for Research! Click on: 2016 Raffle for Research to see all the great prizes that have been donated by our generous donors.

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.

Read more: President's Message June 2016

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.

Read more: Research Award Recipients

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:

Read more: EMDR Research Update 2015


EMDR Research Foundation

401 West 15th Street, Suite 695
Austin, TX 78701

Contact Us

Local:  512.992.1241

Email: info@emdrresearchfoundation.org

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