November 2021: Annual Membership Meeting Webinar

EMDRIA held its Annual Membership Meeting at the 2021 Virtual Conference on November 9, 2021. Click the "View Meeting" button below to view the recording. (Available to members only.)

EMDRIA Selects Co-Editors for the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research

(August 11, 2021) EMDRIA is delighted to announce that it has selected Co-Editors to serve the Journal EMDR Practice and Research (JEMDR). Jenny Rydberg of France, and Derek Farrell, Ph.D., MBE, of the United Kingdom, have begun their terms effective August 2021 and extending through December 2024. Their terms as incoming co-editors begin with journal content that will be published in 2022.

Rydberg has served as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation since 2018. She has served as a special editor to JEMDR previously, in addition to editing multiple books.  She is a former president of EMDR France and has been an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant since 2011. Rydberg teaches master’s level psychology students in France and provides consultation at the University of Lorraine’s “Center Pierre Janet,” which combines research, education, and clinical practice. Additionally, she has previously been a translator for JEMDR, responsible for making articles from the journal available in French.

Dr. Farrell is a principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Worcester, where he directs a master’s program in EMDR. He is President of Trauma Aid Europe & Trauma Response Network Ireland, Scientific Advisor to the Board of Trauma Aid Germany, and Chair of the Training & Accreditation Committee for the EMDR Council of Scholars & the EMDR Europe Practice Committee. He is presently involved in research on trauma and individuals with intellectual disabilities and trauma response and capacity in Iraq and Lebanon. In 2020 he was awarded the honor of Member of the British Empire.

Rydberg and Dr. Farrell will work collaboratively on all matters related to the JEMDR but will have unique focus areas. Rydberg will have primary responsibility for article submission, review, and publication decisions. Dr. Farrell will focus on the next developmental steps of the journal, including the publishing model, structure, editorial board, and editorial scope of the journal. Together they will work closely with association leadership and publishing partner Springer Publishing to develop a plan to address key issues like achieving an impact factor for JEMDR.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this search,” said Wendy Byrd, LPC, LMFT President of EMDRIA. “The JEMDR is in expert hands with these two experienced scholars, and we look forward to the ongoing development and excellence of the Journal.”


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 was May 31, 2021.


September, 2020: Annual Membership Meeting Webinar

EMDRIA held its Annual Membership Meeting at the 2020 Virtual Conference on September 29, 2020. Click the "View Meeting" button below to view the recording. (Available to members only.)

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.