Journal of EMDR Practice and Research Editor Retires,
Search for New Editor Initiated

(April 27, 2021) The founding editor of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research (JEMDR), Louise Maxfield, Ph.D., has announced her retirement. The field of EMDR owes a great deal to Louise for her work to establish and advance the JEMDR. EMDRIA will be creating opportunities to honor Louise for her work and service, both in Go With That magazine, and when we can gather together in person to recognize her work.

The effective date of her retirement is July 31, 2021, so a search process for a new Editor is beginning immediately. EMDRIA is opening a global search for the next JEMDR Editor and welcomes nominations and applications from any location. Because of the date of Dr. Maxfield’s retirement, the editor will resume duties immediately upon appointment. If that appointment occurs before July 31, 2021, the position will begin as Editor-Elect. If the appointment is made on or after July 31, 2021, the editor’s term will begin immediately.

The term of office for the next editor will be five (5) years, with the possibility of renewal by mutual agreement for a term of three (3) additional years.

The JEMDR is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication devoted to integrative, state-of-the-art papers about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). It is a broadly conceived interdisciplinary journal that stimulates and communicates research and theory about EMDR and its application to clinical practice. The Journal publishes theoretical, review, and methodological articles, case and field studies, brief reports, and book reviews. The Journal also contains a clinical section, which is designated to foster clinicians’ understanding and skills. It includes brief clinical vignettes and a column to respond to therapists’ questions. Each issue of the Journal is approximately 100 pages of text, with a 400-page annual publication limit. The Journal is owned by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and published by Springer Publishing Company.

Candidates to be the next Editor of JEMDR should be recognized as a researcher, educator, theoretician, and/or thought leader in EMDR. The goal of EMDRIA in the next Editor selection will be to build on the excellent base established by Dr. Maxfield and move the Journal even further in scholarly recognition, clinical application, and advancing EMDR theory and practice. A stipend to support the editor’s work is provided.

To nominate someone or apply for the position of Editor of JEMDR, the following is required:

  • Letter of nomination/self-nomination. If nominating a candidate other than yourself, you should contact them and ask them to submit the following materials by the deadline below.
  • A vitae detailing the candidate’s editorial experience, including relevant skills and background, along with a written statement of intent to serve if chosen.
  • A statement outlining how the candidate views the position of editor. This statement should include how the candidate views the Journal's needs and how the candidate would like to move the Journal forward. It should include a statement regarding the overall editorial philosophy and how it would be applied specifically for JEMDR.
  • Samples of the candidate's most recent published writing and/or editorial work.
  • An institutional support profile giving details concerning editorial support which might be offered by a sponsoring institution (release time, office space, phone, computer, furniture, graduate assistance, etc.) or,
    A profile detailing arrangements for support, such as that listed above, might be available if the candidate is not in an institutional setting.

The Search Committee may solicit more information from candidates as needed.

Clear needs for the JEMDR include an Editor who has broad expertise in EMDR, a reputation as a leader in EMDR, proficiency in writing and editing in English, good collaborative and mentoring skills for authors, including the ability to give honest and helpful feedback, and attention to detail and responsiveness, and the ability to meet deadlines for review and publication.

The deadline for submitting nominations is May 31, 2021.

Applications and supporting materials may be sent using the form at this LINK or via email. If you are not using the form in the link above, please send all materials in a single nomination/application packet, with the subject as JEMDR Editor Search, to

EMDR Foundation and EMDRIA Create New Strategic Partnership

(February 15, 2021) The EMDR Foundation (Foundation) and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) are excited to announce the creation of a strategic partnership between the Foundation and EMDRIA. This new partnership will create new opportunities to advance research in EMDR, and the translation of research into clinical practice in the EMDR community.

The Board of the Foundation and the Board of EMDRIA have been meeting together for extended sessions over the last several months to clarify direction and create a unified strategic plan. This work has been guided by a consultant with broad experience in organizational partnerships and strategic planning. The work will continue as the Boards meet over the coming months to define policies and how programming will be aligned between the two organizations. Both EMDRIA and the Foundation’s mission will be enhanced by a unified work plan and coordinated governance.

“The formalization of a partnership makes so much sense,” said Wendy Freitag, Ph.D., President of the Foundation. “The Foundation Board believes that aligning with EMDRIA and creating a formal partnership will serve the Foundation in several ways. By creating aligned strategic plans and priorities, the two organizations will maximize the impact each has in its unique scope of work. We are building a more coordinated communications plan so the work of the Foundation will be amplified more efficiently to EMDRIA members and the EMDR community at large.”

Wendy Byrd, LPC, LMFT, EMDRIA President concurs and says, “EMDRIA is fully committed to the success of the Foundation’s mission. Our Board is 100% in donating to the Foundation.”  She adds, “One of the strategic goals of EMDRIA is to ensure that research in EMDR advances. We want all EMDR clinicians to be research-informed. We also recognize that the research must be of sufficient weight and impact to influence policy and practice broadly in mental health across the globe. As an organization, EMDRIA has committed to providing in-kind support so that the Foundation can devote more resources to its important programming priorities.”

The Foundation will continue its important work in funding research projects already underway and receiving proposals from around the globe for consideration. Additionally, as the partnership matures, the Foundation hopes to grow in its reach for donors and other funding sources that will expand programming. Both Byrd and Freitag note, “As we enter this partnership, we expect to continue the important work the Foundation has ongoing. As the partnership expands, we anticipate broader and deeper programming for the Foundation to help expand research, knowledge, and the practice of EMDR therapy in both the U.S. and globally.”

September, 2020: Annual Membership Meeting Webinar

EMDRIA held its Annual Membership Meeting at the 2020 Virtual Conference in September. Click the "View Meeting" button below to view the recording.

June, 2020: Board Action on Racial Equity and Justice

The EMDRIA Board of Directors has developed the initial steps of a multi-year plan to address racial equity issues within EMDRIA.  The plan will call for the development of work groups to study and make recommendations regarding individual/personally mediated racism, and institutional/systemic racism.

June, 2020: Board Action on Virtual and In-Person Training Standards

The EMDRIA Board of Directors voted in its June meeting to extend the interim standards for virtual basic training in EMDR.  Additionally, the Board has approved significant changes to standards for in-person basic training that will be developed over the next 18-24 months.