Created by Dr. Barbara Hensley, the Francine Shapiro Library is dedicated to Francine Shapiro, originator and developer of the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. The purpose of this Library is to provide information for clinicians, researchers, and lay people on the effectiveness and efficaciousness of EMDR Therapy for a wide range of mental health issues. The Francine Shapiro Library (FSL) is the compendium of scholarly articles and other important writings related to the AIP and EMDR Therapy. The intent of the FSL is to maintain an accurate and up-to-date list of citations related to AIP and EMDR Therapy. Inclusion of citations in FSL do not constitute endorsement by the EMDR International Association and/or the EMDR community.
The core of EMDR treatment involves activating components of the traumatic memory or disturbing life event and pairing those components with alternating bilateral or dual attention stimulation. This process appears to facilitate the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach can result in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, diminution of distress from the memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
A wide variety of research studies have been implemented using various treatment aspects and protocols as their focus since EMDR Therapy's initial development.
Many of these studies support EMDR Therapy as an empirically validated treatment of trauma. Several types of research models are utilized:
Resources for Researchers
EMDR Research Resource Directory
Listserv for Researchers of EMDR Therapy
How to Develop and Research a New Treatment Protocol for EMDR
Information About Research on EMDR Therapy
Obtaining A Fidelity Scale
Selected Instruments for Psychotherapy Outcome Measurement
Obtaining Help with A Research Project or Dissertation On EMDR Therapy