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Dr Francine Shapiro PhD

(18 August 1948 - 16 June 2019)

Dr Francine Shapiro PhD was the originator and developer of EMDR therapy.
Since she first published the findings of her research into Eye Movement Desensitisation (the Mendocino Study) in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 1989, there have been over 28 randomised studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of EMDR therapy in treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
Research has now extended well beyond the trauma field with studies and evaluations in relation to the treatment of anxiety, depression, phobias, panic disorder, grief, sexual dysfunction, chemical dependency, sexual addiction, pathological gambling, dissociative disorders, performance enhancement, somatic problems, and a wide variety of other diagnoses. It is now widely recommended, by a variety of National and International agencies, for treatment of PTSD. 

Dr Shapiro was a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California, USA; Executive Director of the EMDR Institute in Watsonville California, and founder and President Emeritus of EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (EMDR HAP, now Trauma Recovery / HAP), a not-for-profit organisation that coordinates disaster responses.
She was a recipient of a number of prestigious Awards:
- Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award (California Psychological Association);
- International Sigmund Freud Award (City of Vienna in association with the World Council for Psychotherapy);
- Award for Outstanding Contribution to Practice in Trauma Psychology (Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association).
This Division of the American Psychological Association recognises EMDR as a highly effective intervention and Dr. Shapiro was designated as one of the “Cadre of Experts” of the American Psychological Association & Canadian Psychological Association Joint Initiative on Ethno-political Warfare.
Dr Shapiro served as an advisor to a wide variety of trauma treatment and outreach organisations and journals. She was an invited speaker at psychology conferences worldwide and has written and co-authored more than 60 articles, chapters, and books about EMDR, including: 
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Rodale),
Getting Past Your Past: Taking Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR therapy (Rodale),
EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Trauma (Basic Books), 
EMDR as an Integrative Psychotherapy Approach: Experts of Diverse Orientations Explore the Paradigm Prism (American Psychological Association Books),
Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes (Wiley).