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The EMDR Publications Database has been developed collaboratively using the expertise of the Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and is provided as a free resource for Association members. Over 400 members have signed up so far, and hopefully as reports of its usefulness spread, more of you will use it as a resource to support your clinical and research work. You can learn how to access the database here EMDR Publications Database 

The EMDR Publications Database is a collection of peer-reviewed research and dissertations/theses focusing on EMDR. It contains over 1700 references, many of which have access to the full text. References in the database are categorised by keywords relating to the clinical area and study type, allowing for easy browsing. The database can also be searched by terms of interest. 

Latest update

The EMDR Publications database was updated in April 2023, and 29 recent publications have been added.  These can be easily viewed, by clicking on the “NEW” tag in the EMDR database.  Within the NEW tag, you can then select further tags of interest to see what has recently been added for specific topics and research types. 

Research/Publication Type Tag Research/Publication Type Tag 
Trials 6 (2 of these are trial protocols)
Case Series 6
Systematic Reviews 3
Qualitative Research 3
Non-English Language 3
Meta-analysis and Network Meta-analysis 1
Dissertations and Theses 1
Table 1: New publications by research/publication type 

Other research types and publication types are included in the database, to view all use the “NEW” tag as mentioned above. 

Topic Tag Number of new publications added 
Disorders associated with stress 17
Trauma 5
Children and Adolescents 4
Mechanisms of Action 3
Table 2: The top five publications by topic  


  • In what may turn out to be a critical paper for the EMDR community, Yunitri and colleagues (Yunitri et al., 2023) have published in Psychological Medicine, another meta-analysis looking at the comparative effectiveness of psychotherapies in adults with PTSD. Using a method known as network meta-analysis 98 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) testing EMDR, cognitive processing therapy (CPT), narrative exposure therapy (NET), prolonged exposure (PE) cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), present-centred therapy (PCT), brief eclectic psychotherapies (BEP) and psychodynamic therapy or combination therapies were compared. Longitudinal analysis found EMDR effect size 1.02 and CPT effect size 0.85 as the significant therapies with large effect size in short-term and long-term follow up. 
  • Three papers address EMDR in under-represented populations: those who are deaf or hearing impaired (Janse & Doornkate, 2023), those with aphasia following acquired brain injury (Janssen & van Donzel, 2023) and those with ADHD (Guidetti et al., 2023) 
  • We are delighted that Anna Wippich (Wippich et al., 2023) has had her research published. EMDR UK Association funded her PhD and she has worked solidly towards its completion. Anna presented her work to the SRC last year and as you will read her findings contribute to the research base for using EMDR with populations that are under researched such as refugees. Such findings lend support to Dr Abdul-Hamid’s call to action in this issue. 
  • Following the success of the first volume in Frontiers in Psychology, an editorial by Onofri  brings together 17 articles published as the second instalment of the “Present and future of EMDR in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, volume II” (Onofri, 2023). 


This quarter, we have also added a “tag” to the database for perinatal EMDR research as suggested by Dr Miriam Inder, Chair of the Perinatal EMDR SIG. This involved tagging references that were already in the database with this new tag, they are not necessarily new references, 

There are currently 21 references with the Perinatal tag.  

The database is a dynamic project so if you do have any suggestions about papers that you think are missing or how it might be improved please do get in touch. Research Officer 

Other topics are included in the EMDR Publications Database. If you are interested in a topic that does not have a tag, you can enter it into the search box to retrieve references. Please see our videos for more information: 1. Finding your way around the EMDR Publications Database (Web Version) and 3. Finding your way around the EMDR Database (Desktop version)


Guidetti, C., Brogna, P., Chieffo, D. P. R., Turrini, I., Arcangeli, V., Rausa, A., Bianchetti, M., Rolleri, E., Santomassimo, C., Di Cesare, G., Ducci, G., Romeo, D. M., & Brogna, C. (2023). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a Possible Evidence-Based Rehabilitation Treatment Option for a Patient with ADHD and History of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Case Report Study. Journal of Personalized Medicine, 13(2), 23. MEDLINE.

Janse, J., & Doornkate, L. (2023). [Psychiatric diagnoses and treatment of deaf and hearing-impaired patients]. Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie, 65(3), 211–214. MEDLINE.

Janssen, E. P. J., & van Donzel, L. (2023). [Treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms with EMDR in a patient with aphasia]. Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie, 65(3), 186–189. MEDLINE.

Onofri, A. (2023). Editorial: Present and future of EMDR in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, volume II. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, 1138153. MEDLINE.

Wippich, A., Howatson, G., Allen-Baker, G., Farrell, D., Kiernan, M., & Scott-Bell, A. (2023). Eye movement desensitization reprocessing as a treatment for PTSD in conflict-affected areas. Psychological Trauma:Theory, Pesearch, Practice and Policy, 19, 19. MEDLINE.

Yunitri, N., Chu, H., Kang, X. L., Wiratama, B. S., Lee, T. Y., Chang, L. F., Liu, D., Kustanti, C. Y., Chiang, K. J., Chen, R., Tseng, P., & Chou, K. R. (2023). Comparative effectiveness of psychotherapies in adults with posttraumatic stress disorder: A network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Psychological Medicine, 1–13. MEDLINE.