The AJ Popky EMDR Research Campaign
On February 8, 2021, Arnold J (AJ) Popky, Ph.D. passed away from COVID-19. His death is a huge loss to his family, friends, and colleagues.
We have set up a fundraiser in his name that will run from April 1 through June 30, 2021.
The funds raised will go toward EMDR research related to causes that Dr. Popky championed:
- Substance abuse/addictions,
- DeTUR, and
- military veterans, specifically the United States Marine Corps.
Dr. Popky was one of the early contributors to the birth of EMDR and worked with Francine Shapiro and Robbie Dunton to create the EMDR community of well-trained clinicians. His role was not only tactical but clinical. In 1993, he created the“The Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing (DeTUR) Protocol,” initially to stop smoking. Over time, he used it to work with all addictive behaviors and taught it nationally and internationally to great acclaim. For many years he volunteered for Trauma Recovery/EMDR HAP and offered treatment and consultation to various veterans’ hospitals and military bases.
Not only was AJ a high-profile member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) community and an honorary lifetime EMDRIA member, but he also contributed to the world in the areas of industry, computer technologies, system and sales engineering, photography, training, and management of sales organization, and creating databases. He was an original thinker who worked to figure out challenging situations despite—or perhaps because—of his learning disability. Throughout his life, his service to the U.S. Marine Corps and his country was central to who he was. He and other colleagues joined forces to treat other servicemen and women who bravely served our country. He even named his dog “Fi,” short for Semper Fidelis (Always faithful), the Marine motto. Those who knew AJ always commented on the twinkle in his eye, his iconic mustache, and his intensity when pursuing a cause in which he believed. He had a penchant for cooking and gave away his chicken soup under his label, “Uncle AJ’s Chicken Soup,” and served an excellent Cioppino! Life without you will never be the same, AJ.
Please consider making a donation in his name.