Research and Treatment Guidelines for EMDR

EMDR therapy is extensively researched and widely recognized as effective trauma therapy. EMDR therapy is recognized as evidenced-based treatment for PTSD and other trauma and stressor disorders in treatment guidelines published by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the World Health Organization, and a growing number of national and international organizations. Treatment guidelines are based on reviews that evaluate the research of established evidence-based mental health treatments.

EMDR Research Articles and Posts

Brains That Learn Not to Fear

February 15, 2019

Research Callout: Holmes’ (2019) review in Nature journal summarizes how Baek et al’s (2019) article sheds more light on possible mechanisms of EMDR therapy: “A treatment called eye-movement desensitization and…

Research Corner | December 2018

December 31, 2018

This material was published in the EMDRIA magazine Go With That in December 2018. ReResearch Corner | December 2018

Research Corner | September 2018

September 30, 2018

This material was published in the EMDRIA magazine Go With That in September 2018. Research Corner | September 2018

Research Corner | June 2018

June 28, 2018

This material was published in the EMDRIA magazine Go With That in June 2018. Research Corner | June 2018

Research Corner | March 2018

March 31, 2018

This material was published in the EMDRIA magazine Go With That in March 2018. Research Corner | March 2018

Compiled in 2022, a list of EMDR meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Meta-analyses analyze evidence based research and are often used for data in treatment guidelines for standardized care. Systematic reviews summarize research on a specific question or topic. In medical or health care fields, they often assess the strength of evidence present in a treatment in the field. This list is an ongoing work in progress.

A 2016 bibliography of EMDR Research with short descriptions, this document covers a wide range of peer-reviewed journal articles about EMDR including meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, non-randomized studies, and reviews of efficacy and treatment models. It also includes international treatment guidelines and recommendations from mental health agencies.