EMDR Research News January 2020

In this first posting of 2020 there are 43 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 13 articles have links to the open access full text article.

2 Randomized Controlled Trials
  • The EMDR Recent Birth Trauma Protocol
  • Addiction-Focused EMDR Therapy as an Adjunct to Regular Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
4 Meta-analyses
  • Active duty and ex-serving military personnel with PTSD treated with psychological therapies
  • Do early interventions prevent PTSD? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the safety and efficacy of early interventions after sexual assault
  • Early psychological intervention following recent trauma
  • Medication versus trauma-focused psychotherapy for adults with PTSD
    13 Review articles
    • Psychological Interventions for Individuals Bereaved by Homicide
    • The Status of EMDR Therapy in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 30 Years After Its Introduction
    • The Current Status of EMDR Therapy Involving the Treatment of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    • Psychosis: An Emerging Field for EMDR Research and Therapy
    • Differences in International Guidelines Regarding EMDR for PTSD: Why They Diverge and Suggestions for Future Research
    • Efficacy of EMDR Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
    • Interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms induced by medical events
    • Psychological, social, and welfare interventions for torture survivors
    • Cost-effectiveness of psychological interventions for children and young people with PTSD
    • Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders - Psychotherapy with EMDR
    • The Efficacy of EMDR Early Interventions
    • Review of EMDR Interventions for Individuals With Substance Use Disorder With/Without Comorbid PTSD
    • EMDR Therapy’s Efficacy in the Treatment of Pain
    5 Case Series
    • EMDR intervention after a disaster: The Morandi Bridge collapse
    • EMDR therapy in children and adolescents who have post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Short-Term Music Therapy Attention and Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMAART) for Prisoners with PTSD
    • Effectiveness of trauma-focused treatment for adolescents with major depressive disorder
    • A Field Study on the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress Provided to Adolescent Eritrean Refugees Living in Ethiopia

    2 Quasi-experimental
    • Analysis and comparison of speech of chronic pain patients during therapy as usual versus use of EMDR therapy
    • Psychological distress and quality of life are improved in autoimmune patients through Tandem-Psychotherapy

    1 Study Protocol
    • EMDR therapy for PTSD in adults with serious mental illness within forensic and rehabilitation services

    4 Individual Case Reports
    • PTSD among the elderly: From stressful abdominal pain to mentalized suffering
    • Case report: EMDR in the treatment of a deaf PTSD Patient — Advantages of a not entirely verbal psychotherapeutic intervention
    • EMDR Treatment in Social Anxiety Disorder
    • Two cases with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder

    2 Analogue laboratory studies
    • Changing emotional visual and auditory memories: are modality-matched dual-tasks more effective
    • Lateral eye movements do not increase false-memory rates: A failed direct-replication study

    1 Theoretical
    • The Predictive Processing Model of EMDR
    3 Neurophysiological
    • The management of psychological trauma through EMDR therapy and the cerebral mechanisms involved
    • Successful treatment of PTSD reverses DNA methylation marks
    • Individual prediction of psychotherapy outcome in posttraumatic stress disorder using neuroimaging data

    1 Instrument Validation
    • Initial validation of an instrument to evaluate early trauma: The EARLY Scale

    4 Commentaries
    • EMDR practitioners’ beliefs about memory
    • Trauma or adversity
    • Future Research: Global Implications
    • Techniques from EMDR Psychotherapy: a tool against disruptive psycho-behavioural disorders?


    With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Previous posting to this blog can be viewed by year in the sidebar below right (visible on computer and tablet - landscape). Summary listings by topic are available at
    EMDR Research. 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 Connect - Springer Publishing Company.

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    EMDR Research News November 2019

    In this fourth posting of 2019 there are 28 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 12 articles have links to the open access full text article.

    4 Randomized Controlled Trials
    • The Effect of EMDR on the severity of suicidal thoughts in patients with major depressive disorder
    • Provision of EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and Ongoing Traumatic Stress to First Responders
    • Provision of the EMDR-Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress to Refugee Minors
    • EMDR and Nonpharmacological Techniques for Anxiety Prevention in Children Prior to Invasive Medical Procedures

    7 Review articles
    • Recent advances in understanding and managing phantom limb pain
    • A guide to guidelines for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in adults
    • Psychological and psychosocial treatments for children and young people with post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Do adjuvant interventions improve treatment outcome in adult patients with PTSD receiving trauma-focused psychotherapy?
    • Multiple session early psychological interventions for the prevention of PTSD
    • EMDR therapy and related treatments for trauma: An innovative, integrative trauma treatment
    • Influence of early childhood stress exposure and traumatic life events on pain perception

    4 Case Series
    • Changing the Adult State of Mind with respect to Attachment: an exploratory study of the role of EMDR psychotherapy
    • Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder With Adjunctive Addiction-Focused EMDR
    • EMDR Group Treatment of Children Refugees
    • Improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness are not significantly associated with PTSD symptom reduction in intensive treatment

    3 Quasi-experimental
    • Efficacy of Implementing Home Care Using EMDR in Reducing Stress of Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancer
    • Reducing the Emotionality of Auditory Hallucination Memories in Patients Suffering From Auditory Hallucinations
    • Pretreatment cortisol predicts trauma-focused psychotherapy response in youth with (partial) PTSD
      2 Study Protocols
      • Early intervention with EMDR therapy to reduce the severity of posttraumatic stress symptoms in recent rape victims
      • Efficacy of EMDR versus CBT in Post-Traumatic Stress and Depressive Symptoms

      2 Analogue laboratory studies
      • EMDR Early Intervention With and Without Eye Movements for Learned Helplessness State
      • The effects of dual-tasks on intrusive memories following analogue trauma

      3 Theoretical
      • The Network Balance Model of Trauma and Resolution—Level I: Large-Scale Neural Networks
      • EMDR for PTSD from the perspective of three-dimensional model of the experiential selfhood
      • EMDR Case Formulation Tool

      1 Qualitative
      • Cultural Themes and Discourse in EMDR Therapy

      1 Mechanism of action
      • Overlapping frontoparietal networks in response to oculomotion and traumatic autobiographical memory retrieval: implications for EMDR
      1 Practice Guideline
      • Summary of the APA clinical practice guideline for the treatment of PTSD in adults


      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 Connect - Springer Publishing Company.


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      EMDR Research News August 2019

      In this third posting of 2019 there are 26 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 9 articles have links to the open access full text article.

      3 Randomized Controlled Trials
      • Effect of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) on severity of stress in emergency medical technicians
      • Abstinence Following a Motivation-Skill-Desensitization-Mental Energy Intervention for Heroin Dependence
      • The effect of the EMDR intervention on anxiety and depression among patients undergoing hemodialysis

      3 Meta-Analyses
      • A Review

      5 Review articles
      • A Review

      3 individual case reports
      • The
      3 Quasi-experimental
      • Psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorders among cardiac patients after implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks
      • A Mixed Methods Evaluation of EMDR for Treating Female Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence
      • Feasibility of EMDR for posttraumatic stress disorder in patients with personality disorders
        2 Study Protocols
        • Treating repetitive suicidal intrusions using eye movements: study protocol for a multicenter randomized clinical trial
        • Investigating the effect of EMDR on pain intensity in patients with primary dysmenorrhea

        2 Analogue laboratory studies
        • No evidence for the inverted U-Curve: More demanding dual tasks cause stronger aversive memory degradation
        • On EMDR: Measuring the working memory taxation of various types of eye (Non-) Movement conditions

        3 Neurophysiological
        • Neurobiological features and response to EMDR treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in patients with breast cancer
        • Neurobiological correlates of EMDR therapy effect in PTSD
        • Increase of precuneus metabolism correlates with reduction of PTSD symptoms after EMDR therapy in military veterans

        2 Commentaries
        • Lateral eye movements, EMDR, and memory changes: A critical commentary on Houben et al.
        • A smorgasbord of PTSD treatments: What does this say about integration


        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 Connect - Springer Publishing Company.

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        book of the month is the latest book from Dolores Mosquera, Working with Voices and Dissociative Parts: A trauma-informed approach.


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        EMDR Research News April 2019

        In this second posting of 2019 there are 31 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 7 articles have links to the open access full text article.

        4 Randomized Controlled Trials
        • EMDR plus Standard Care (SC) versus SC alone for PTSD in adults with intellectual disabilities
        • EMDR Versus Guided Imagery on Insomnia Severity in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
        • Psychological and Brain Connectivity Changes Following Trauma-Focused CBT and EMDR Treatment in Single-Episode PTSD Patients
        • The Effect of EMDR on Childbirth Anxiety of Women With Previous Stillbirth

        12 Review articles
        • A Review of the Role of Negative Cognitions About Oneself, Others, and the World in the Treatment of PTSD
        • To expose or not to expose? The integrative therapist and PTSD
        • Interventions for Cancer-Related Traumatic Stress Symptoms: A Systematic Review
        • Treatments of PTSD in Civilian Populations
        • Biological clues to an enigmatic treatment for traumatic stress
        • Psychological interventions for ICD-11 complex PTSD symptoms: systematic review and meta-analysis
        • That which does not kill you—May afflict you? Psychological trauma in bipolar disorder
        • Cortisol and alpha-amylase assessment in psychotherapeutic intervention studies: A systematic review
        • Cultural adaptations in psychosocial interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder among refugees: A systematic review
        • A Systematic Review of Psychological Trauma Interventions for Juvenile Offenders
        • Efficacy and acceptability of psychosocial interventions in asylum seekers and refugees: systematic review and meta-analysis
        • What do clients say about their experiences of EMDR in the research literature? A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research papers

        1 case series reports
        • Flash Technique Group Protocol for Highly Dissociative Clients in a Homeless Shelter: A Clinical Report

        2 individual case reports
        • The EMDR DeTUR protocol for the treatment of self-injury in a patient with severe personality disorder: a case report
        • The Applicability and Effect of EMDR in a Patient With a Mild Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease
        2 Quasi-experimental
        • Immediate treatment following the November 13 attacks: Use of an EMDR emergency protocol
        • Pre-treatment cortisol awakening response predicts symptom reduction in PTSD after treatment
          1 Survey
          • Opening the Black Box: Identifying Common Practice Approaches in Urban and Rural Rape Crisis Centers

          1 Validation of Fidelity Scales
          • Developing the Interrater Reliability of the Modified EMDR Fidelity Checklist
            2 Investigations of Mechanisms of Action
            • Neural circuits underlying a psychotherapeutic regimen for fear disorders
            • When do anorexic patients perceive their body as too fat? Aggravating and ameliorating factors

            4 Theoretical
            • Integrating EMDR in psychotherapy
            • Synthesis and Realization (Personification and Presentification): The Psychological Process of Integration of Traumatic Memories in EMDR Psychotherapy
            • How We Do What We Do: The Therapist, EMDR, and Treatment of Complex Trauma
            • Expanding Horizons of Satvavajaya Chikitsa: Through EMDR & CBT

            2 Study Protocols
            • Testing the leadership and organizational change for implementation intervention in Norwegian mental health clinics: a randomized design study protocol
            • A Multicenter Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare the Effectiveness of EMDR Therapy vs. Treatment as Usual in Patients With Substance Use Disorder and History of Psychological Trauma: A Study Design and Protocol



            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 Connect - Springer Publishing Company.


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            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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