EMDR commentary, data, and protocol specification


When Michel Hersen asked me (RA) to put together this Special Issue on Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I quickly agreed. I was extremely excited about the opportunity to compile examples of both emerging, methodologically rigorous clinical research and “second-generation” protocol specification (e.g., EMDR methods for phobias). My excitement stemmed from the fact that the procedure seemed to produce positive effects in victims of severe trauma. Something was happening, and we were compelled to find out what, why, and how. As is usual in these types of things, I received both more and less than I bargained for. I will let the readers judge for themselves where deficits in experimental design and data interpretation lie. My co-editor and I refrained from “over-editing” articles, choosing instead to play devil’s advocate with each manuscript during the revision process in the hopes that the final papers would stand or fall on their core merits. We believe that we have accomplished this.






Ron Acierno
Shawn P. Cahill

Original Work Citation

Acierno, R., & Cahill, S. P. (1999, January-April). EMDR commentary, data, and protocol specification. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 13, (1-2), 1-3. doi:10.1016/S0887-6185(98)00050-4



“EMDR commentary, data, and protocol specification,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 14, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/22060.

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