EMDR Research News April 2020

In this second posting of 2020 there are 28 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. 20 articles have links to the open access full text article.

4 Randomized Controlled Trials
  • A RCT examining individual trauma‚Äźfocused therapy for individuals receiving group treatment for depression
  • Efficacy of EMDR on the Quality of Life in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder
  • Comparative Efficiency of EMDR and Prolonged Exposure in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • EMDR for children with medically related subthreshold PTSD: effects on PTSD, blood-injection-injury phobia, depression and sleep
8 Meta-analyses
  • EMDR for mental health problems: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Psychological interventions for common mental disorders in women experiencing intimate partner violence in low-income and middle-income countries
  • Psychological interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in refugees
  • Psychological therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder in adults
  • Dropout from psychological therapies for PTSD in adults
  • Psychological treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder in adults: a network meta-analysis
  • Interventions to Reduce Posttraumatic Stress in Youth Exposed to Mass Trauma: A Review and Meta-Analysis
  • The effectiveness of EMDR toward anxiety disorder
    4 Review articles
    • EMDR for the treatment of psychosis: a systematic review
    • Drivers of Preference for Evidence-Based PTSD Treatment: A Qualitative Assessment
    • The potential role of EMDR on trauma in affective disorders: A narrative review
    • Treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in people with intellectual disability
    6 Quasi-experimental
    • Do emotion regulation difficulties affect outcome of intensive trauma-focused treatment of patients with severe PTSD
    • EMDR Group Protocol With Children: A Field Study
    • Pre-Post Study to Assess EMDR-Based Group Therapy for Traumatized Refugee Preschoolers
    • Using EMDR therapy with patients in an acute mental health crisis
    • Addition-Focused EMDR Therapy in Gambling Disorder: A Multiple Baseline Study
    • Do emotion regulation difficulties affect outcome of intensive trauma-focused treatment of patients with severe PTSD
    1 Study Protocol
    • A Multicenter Phase II RCT to Compare the Effectiveness of EMDR Versus TAU in Patients With a First-Episode Psychosis and Psychological Trauma

    2 Individual Case Reports
    • Trichotillomania Treatment Based on Trauma: Case Report
    • EMDR with Body-Oriented Interventions within the field of adoption

    3 Analogue laboratory studies
    • Increases of correct memories and spontaneous false memories due to eye movements when memories are retrieved after a time delay
    • The Effect of modality specific interference on working memory in recalling aversive auditory and visual memories
    • Eye movements support behavioral pattern completion


    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 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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