The President's Message
The Big Why?
In the opening scene of the movie Collateral Beauty, the Will Smith character asked his employees "What is your Why?" Not just why did you come to work, but “The Big Why?” He went on to talk about the three abstractions--love, time and death that connect every person. The abstractions are the thing we most want to covert (love), what we wish we had more of (time), and what most people fear (death). For whatever reason this question struck me intensely in the moment and made me pause. My thoughts and considerations went immediately to “The Big Why?” about the EMDR Research Foundation.
It made me consider why I (and likely most Board Members) have been committed to the EMDR Research Foundation all these years. I believe it is our ‘love’ and commitment to EMDR therapy, which we know will make our client’s world a much better place. However our ‘love’ and commitment goes much further than that.
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2016 Research Award Recipients
Seven grants, totaling $91,130 were awarded in 2016: including three $25,000 research grants, one $5,130 research grant, two $5,000 dissertation research awards, and one $1,000 consultation award.
One $25,000 research grant was awarded in September 2016 to the following:
Marleen Rijkeboer, Marcel van den Hout, Erick ten Broeke | Utrecht University, Netherlands
Project Title: EMDR as an Innovative Strategy in the Treatment of OCD
The aim of this research is to critically examine the effect of EMDR added to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) on treatment acceptability and outcome in patients with OCD. The evidence of the effect of EMDR for OCD is scant, although on theoretical grounds and clinical impressions it is hypothesized that EMDR will effectively reduce the impact of fear imagery in OCD, thereby lowering distress. Hence, it is expected that patients will be more prepared to engage in, and less inclined to drop-out, leading to an increase of the overall OCD treatment effect.
Publications from unbiased EMDR research supported by donors
The following EMDR journal articles and scholarly presentations are from our grant recipients. This is the fruit of science and practice working together to change people's lives:
Schubert, S. J., Lee, C. W., Araujo, G., Butler, S. R., Taylor, G., & Drummond, P. D. (2016). The Effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy to Treat Symptoms Following Trauma in Timor Leste.Journal of traumatic stress,29(2), 141-148.
Abstract: Participants were 21 Timorese adults with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), assessed as those who scored 2 on the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ). Participants were treated with EMDR therapy.Depression and anxiety symptoms were assessed using the Hopkins Symptom Checklist.