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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