EMDR Research News February 2019

In this first posting of 2019 there are 15 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 3 articles have links to the open access full text article.


4 Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Health–economic benefits of treating trauma in psychosis.
  • Clinical efficacy of trauma-focused psychotherapies in treatment-resistant depression in-patients
  • Treating complicated grief and posttraumatic stress in homicidally bereaved individuals
  • Effectiveness of CBT and EMDR in Child Victims of Domestic Violence

4 Review or Meta-analysis articles
  • Comparing the Effectiveness of EMDR and TF-CBT for Children and Adolescents: a Meta-Analysis
  • Retrieving and Modifying Traumatic Memories: Recent Research Relevant to Three Controversies
  • Older Adults as Caregivers for Veterans with PTSD
  • Military psychological trauma and therapy

2 case series reports
  • Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder using EMDR Therapy
  • EMDR as a treatment for tinnitus

2 individual case reports
  • EMDR as a treatment approach of PTSD complicated by comorbid psychiatric, somatic, and cognitive disorders
  • Efficacy of an EMDR intervention for a head and neck cancer patient with intolerable anxiety undergoing radiotherapy
2 qualitative outcome studies
  • Processing birth experiences: A content analysis of women’s preferences
  • EMDR for adults with intellectual disabilities
    1 mechanism of action outcome study
    • Fear extinction learning improvement in PTSD after EMDR therapy: an fMRI study

    With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the
    EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.


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    EMDR Research News December 2018

    In this last posting of 2018 there are 17 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 4 articles have links to the open access full text article.

    There is 1 updated Treatment Guideline
    • ISTSS PTSD Prevention and Treatment Guidelines Methodology and Recommendations

    1 Randomized Controlled Trials
    • Comparing the effect of EMDR with guided imagery on pain severity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

    5 Case Series reports
    • Add-on EMDR Therapy for Adults with PTSD Who Failed to Respond to Initial Antidepressant Pharmacotherapy
    • Trauma Stabilisation as a Sole Treatment Intervention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Southeast Asia
    • The EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol in a Psychosocial Program for Refugee Children
    • The therapeutic value of trauma stabilisation in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder - A Southeast Asian Study
    • An Integrative EMDR and Family Therapy Model for Treating Attachment Trauma in Children

    5 are individual case reports
    • EMDR in the Treatment of Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • The Implementation of Resource Development and Installation (RDI) for an Adolescent with Non-Suicidal Self Injury
    • Emotionally focused therapy and EMDR: An integrated treatment to heal the trauma of infidelity
    • Trust and Attunement-Focused EMDR With a Child
    • EMDR Intervention for a 17-Month-Old Child to Treat Attachment Trauma: Clinical Case Presentation

    3 are Review or Meta-analysis articles
    • Efficacy of EMDR Therapy for Children With PTSD: A Review of the Literature
    • An Overview of Trauma-Informed Care and Practice for Eating Disorders
    • Effectiveness of Trauma-Focused Psychological Therapies for Treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Women Following Childbirth

    2 are an Analogue (non-clinical) outcome study
    • Dual-tasking during recall of negative memories or during visual perception of images: Effects on vividness and emotionality
    • Effects of “Visual Schema Displacement Therapy” (VSDT), an abbreviated EMDR protocol and a control condition on emotionality and vividness of aversive memories


    With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the
    EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.
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    EMDR Research News October 2018

    In this posting there are 23 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 10 articles have links to the open access full text article.

    3 are Randomized Controlled Trials
    • EMDR Versus Treatment as Usual in the Treatment of Depression
    • EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol Adapted for Ongoing Traumatic Stress for Patients With Cancer-Related PTSD Symptoms
    • EMDR Improves Depressive Symptoms, Quality of Life, and Heart Rate Variability in Patients with Heart Failure

    5 are Quasi-experimental Studies
    • Effective Treatment of Veterans With PTSD: Comparison Between Intensive Daily and Weekly EMDR Approaches
    • EMDR Therapy as a Feasible and Potential Effective Treatment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a History of Adverse Events
    • A trauma-focused approach for patients with tinnitus: the effectiveness of EMDR
    • The Effects of the EMDR Group Traumatic Episode Protocol With Cancer Survivors
    • Effectiveness of an intensive treatment programme combining prolonged exposure and EMDR for severe post-traumatic stress disorder

    1 is a Case Series report
    • Intervening in the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma by Targeting Maternal Emotional Dysregulation With EMDR Therapy

    1 is a general survey
    • Therapist rotation: a novel approach for implementation of trauma-focused treatment in post-traumatic stress disorder

    2 are individual case reports
    • EMDR in Older Adults With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    • EMDR Therapy on a Patient with Schizophrenia and Clinical Effects: A Case Study

    6 are Review or Meta-analysis articles
    • Psychotherapeutic treatment and HPA axis regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis
    • EMDR for Depression, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness
    • EMDR to Treat Functional Neurological Disorder: A Review
    • Veteran Treatments: PTSD Interventions
    • Highlights on the state of the art of EMDR therapy
    • CBT versus EMDR in Patients with PTSD: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials

    2 are an Analogue (non-clinical) outcome study
    • Eye-movement intervention enhances extinction via amygdala deactivation
    • Changing negative autobiographical memories in the lab: A comparison of three eye-movement tasks

    1 is a Theoretical Paper
    • Transference and Countertransference in EMDR Therapy

    1 is a Physiological study
    • Eye movements support the link between conscious memory and medial temporal lobe function

    1 is on Mechanism of action
    • How Does EMDR Therapy Work? A Systematic Review on Suggested Mechanisms of Action


    With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the
    EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.
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    EMDR Research News July 2018

    In this posting there are 10 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 3 articles have links to the open access full text article.

    3 are Randomized Controlled Trials
    • Emergency room intervention to prevent post concussion-like symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder
    • EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) Applied to Caregivers of Patients With Dementia
    • EMDR Group Intervention for Syrian Refugees With Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms

    2 are Quasi-experimental Studies
    • Inpatient Treatment of Complex PTSD Following Childhood Abuse: Effectiveness and Predictors of Treatment Outcome
    • Dealing With the Aftermath of Mass Disasters: EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol With Child Survivors of the 2016 Italy Earthquakes

    1 is an individual case report
    • EMDR Therapy in the Treatment of a Hillsborough Survivor with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    2 are Review or Meta-analysis articles
    • Psychological therapies for the treatment of mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries affected by humanitarian crises
    • The Use of EMDR Therapy in Treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder-A Systematic Narrative Review
    • 1 is a Laboratory Study
    • Lateral Eye Movements Increase False Memory Rates

    1 is a Theoretical Paper on Mechanism of Action
    • EMDR as a treatment for PTSD: current neurobiological theories and a new hypothesis

    With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the
    EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.


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    EMDR Research News June 2018

    In this posting there are 21 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 15 articles have links to the open access full text article.

    1 is a Randomized Controlled Trials
    • Early EMDR intervention following intense rocket attacks on a town

    5 are Quasi-experimental Studies
    • Individual treatment selection for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder
    • A Non-randomized Controlled Trial of EMDR on Affective Symptoms in Patients With Glioblastoma Multiforme
    • Treating addiction with schema therapy and EMDR in women with co-occurring SUD and PTSD: A pilot study
    • A five-day inpatient EMDR treatment programme for PTSD: pilot study
    • Presence of the dissociative subtype of PTSD does not moderate the outcome of intensive trauma-focused treatment for PTSD

    1 is a Case Series report
    • Betrayal of the Body: Group Approaches to Hypo-Sexuality for Adult Female Sufferers of Childhood Sexual Abuse

    1 is a general survey
    • Patterns of practice in community mental health treatment of adult depression

    2 are individual case reports
    • EMDR in a forensic patient withPTSD resulting from homicide: a case study
    • Treatment of a Patient with Borderline Personality Disorder Based on Phase-Oriented Model of EMDR: A Case Report

    5 are Review or Meta-analysis articles
    • EMDR for Bipolar Disorder: A systematic review of the existing literature
    • Do trauma-focused psychological interventions have an effect on psychotic symptoms? A systematic review and meta-analysis
    • The Efficacy of EMDR in Children and Adults Who Have Experienced Complex Childhood Trauma: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials
    • EMDR in psychonocology
    • Some considerations about EMDR and psychosis

    1 is a Guideline
    • Position Paper for the Treatment of Nightmare Disorder in Adults: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Position Paper

    2 are Theoretical Papers
    • Treating personality disorders with EMDR therapy
    • EMDR Treatment of Grief and Mourning

    3 are neurological studies
    • Hippocampal gray matter increases following multimodal psychological treatment for combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Neurocognitive functioning over the course of trauma-focused psychotherapy for PTSD: Changes in verbal memory and executive functioning
    • Metabolic and Electrophysiological Changes Associated to Clinical Improvement in Two Severely Traumatized Subjects Treated With EMDR-A Pilot Study

    With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the
    EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.

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