History of the EMDR Research Foundation
The EMDR Research Foundation envisions a world where people are transformed to wellness and vibrancy by effective, compassionate mental health treatment that is driven by quality research.
- Incorporated as a Texas corporation
- Original Board Members | Wendy Freitag, Jim Gach and Rosalie Thomas
- Received IRS Tax Exemption Letter
- Foundation had cash balance of $10,000 and completed financial audit
- Board expanded with the addition of Directors Barbara Hensley, Zona Scheiner, Tonya Edmond and Dennis Hall
- $100,000 Fundraising Goal Announced
- First Fundraising Campaign goal of $100,000 is met and exceeded
- Dissertation Research Award ($5000) Inaugurated – First recipient announced at 2010 EMDRIA Conference
- Katy Murray added as Director
- Four $10,000 Research Awards given
- Visionary Alliance formed
- Board adopts 5 year strategic plan
- To increase EMDR research by 10%
- To outreach to at least 10,000 clinicians
- To publish guidelines for quality research in EMDR therapy
- To provide non-monetary support for research
- Foundation awards Chris Lee with a plaque honoring his hard work at having EMDR therapy recognized as an Evidence Based Treatment by SAMHSA
- Foundation begins to provide feedback to runner up grant applications to improve the quality of the proposed study.
- Scott Blech added as Director
- Three separate Grants Awards were given totaling $25,000
- 150 Visionary Alliance members
- Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) begins with publication of first article.
- Inaugural launch of $1,000 Consultation Awards
- Research Priorities expanded to include suicide, somatic, and medical conditions.
- Two $10,000 Grants Awarded
- First $1000 Consultation Award given
- Research Resource Directory becomes available on our website
- Creation of the EMDR and The Military In Action newsletter
- Creation of a Clinical Information Newsletter
- Research Foundation hosted a booth at the Psychotherapy Networker Conference
- Karen Forte added as director.
- Second Translating Research Into practice (TRIP) article published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research
- $1,000 Research Dissemination Travel Award launched.
- Research Priorities Defined:
- 1st Priority- Advancing Evidence Based Practice
- 2nd Priority-Addressing the Global Burden of Trauma
- 3rd Priority- Building Clinical Evidence
- $25,000 Grant for 25 Years of EMDR Research Award offered. Fourteen applications were received by the September 1 deadline, with four award recipients being announced in December.
- Early EMDR Interventions Researcher’s Toolkit is created and available online.
- “EMDR Research Foundation Quiz” and “25 Years of Research Crossword Puzzle” offered to increase clinical knowledge of EMDR therapy research
- Susan Rogers and Susan Brown added as directors
- The Research Grant Award amount was increased from $10,000 to $25,000.
- Third Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) article published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research
- Website updated – mobile friendly
- EMDR Current Research Listing added to website
- Online grant application process added
- 2015 EMDRIA Conference theme “Research Around the World – Healing Around the Globe” reaches out to EMDR therapy clinicians, researchers, and supporters throughout the world.
- Informational Handout, 2015 Highlights, and 2015 crossword puzzle avalable online – for use by trainers, regional coordinators, approved consultants.
- Three $25,000 research grants awarded
- David Sherwood added as director
- In May, two $25,000 research grants and one grant for $5130 were announced.
- One $5,000 Sandra Wilson Memorial Dissertation Grant Award was announced in May.
- 2016 EMDRIA Conference Theme: “A Decade of Making a Difference in EMDR Therapy and Research” is announced, celebrating the ten year anniversary of the EMDR Research Foundation.