The EMDR Research Foundation has compiled this resource to support practitioner access to information to guide the development of research projects and inform clinical practice. It was developed in response to numerous inquiries from EMDR therapy practitioners about accessing databases, empirical articles, non-university-based Internal Review Boards, measurement tools, and other resources. Some of these resources require a fee, but many are accessible to the public. We encourage you to explore what they have to offer and share with us any additional resources you discover that could be helpful to others.

Note that many subscription databases offer a free trial period.

APA Databases & Electronic Resources
Discover the most authoritative and comprehensive resources in the behavioral sciences with APA databases.

PsycINFO®:  An expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health, making it an ideal discovery and linking tool for scholarly research in a host of disciplines.
PsycARTICLES®:  A robust database offering complete access to the full text of more than 80 landmark journals in behavioral science and related fields ranging from education, to nursing, to business, to neuroscience.
PsycBOOKS®:  A full-text database that provides electronic access to thousands of scholarly and professional titles published by APA, including recent titles in psychological and behavioral science, plus a substantial backfile of classic and historic works.
PsycEXTRA®:  A unique database that combines bibliographic records with full-text professional and lay-audience literature such as legal testimony and amicus briefs, reports, conference materials, popular magazines, factsheets, grants, and web materials.
PsycCRITIQUES®:  A full-text database with tens of thousands of incisive book and film reviews from 1956 to present. It provides users with insight on publications from a psychological perspective allowing them to choose relevant reading material, to select appropriate course materials, and more.
PsycTESTS®:  A research database that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration.
PsycTHERAPY®:  A database containing more than 300 videos featuring therapy demonstrations showing clinicians working with individuals, couples, and families.

Cochrane Reviews
An online collection of databases that brings together in one place rigorous and up-to-date research on the effectiveness of healthcare treatments and interventions, as well as methodology and diagnostic tests.

A comprehensive resource provides extensive full-text coverage for a broad range of topics in the fields of psychology and behavioral sciences.

Academic Search Premier:  The world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools that track, analyze, and visualize
Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson):  Wilson’s largest biography database has combined the in-depth, original profiles of Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, plus the thorough periodicals coverage of Biography Index, full-text articles, page images, and abstracts from the complete range of Wilson databases (including biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection:  Provides nearly 575 full-text publications, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
An online digital library of education research and information.

An original open access journal for life scientists, offering immediate publication, transparent peer review (post-publication) and full data deposition and sharing.

Francine Shapiro Library
A compendium of scholarly articles and other important writings related to the AIP and EMDR. The intent of the FSL is to maintain an accurate and up-to-date list of citations related to AIP and EMDR.

Google Scholar
A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

Online articles from over 30,000 publications.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers.

PILOTS Database
An electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database (PQDT)
The most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. Graduate students customarily consult the database to make sure their proposed thesis or dissertation topics have not already been written about. Students, faculty, and other researchers search it for titles related to their scholarly interests.  Other dissertation abstract information from Proquest can be found here.

Comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Science Direct
A leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.

The world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research.

Ethics in Mental Health Research

Provides users with a full range of resources for teaching, studying, or investigating ethical issues in mental health research.

National Institute of Health (NIH) Protecting Human Research Participants
Offers a free tutorial on Protecting Human Research Participants that institutions may elect to use to fulfill requirement for education in the protection of human subjects.  Other courses listed on the NIH website include :

Research on Human Specimens: are you conducting research using human subjects?:  Provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the NIH.
Research with Experimental Subjects:  Online tutorials for animal and human subject experimentation and HIPAA from the University of California-Irvine.
Online Course on Ethical Issues in International Research:  Introduces major ethical topics in international health research, poses questions for students and scholars to consider, and also provides research resources and case studies.

Tutorial on informed consent

Provides separate tutorials for biological and behavioral/social scientists from the University of Minnesota.

Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) 

A web-based course consisting of modules for biomedical and social / behavioral researchers and a case-based continuing education course for those institutions requiring a mechanism for re-certification.

American Medical Association Virtual Mentor 

An interactive, web-based forum for analysis and discussion of ethical and professional issues that medical students, residents, and physicians encounter during their educational training and daily practice.

Teaching Research Ethics

Resources and a workshop from Indiana University’s Poynter Center including ethical theory, human subjects, animal welfare, responsible data management, misconduct in science and other topics designed for teachers of graduate courses in research ethics.

Commercial Institutional Review Boards 

A listing of independent IRBs from the Citizens for Responsible Care and Research (CRCR.)  Also provides information for program designers and program staff on the importance of institutional review boards and protecting the rights of individuals who participate in research studies.

Consortium of Independent Review Boards

A non-profit organization of independent institutional review boards committed to the ethical review of clinical research and the protection of human research participants.

Hope International University IRB

Supports researchers who need or wish to obtain IRB approval.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

A database that provides access to information on approximately 15,000 measurement instruments (i.e. questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, coding schemes, rating scales, etc.) in the fields of health and psychosocial sciences.

List of Measures – from the Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD.

A list of trauma related measures – often free to download.   Includes:  Adult Interviews, Adult Self Report, Child Measures, Deployment Measures, PTSD Screens, Trauma Exposure Measures, and an Assessment Request Form.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Measures Review Database

A searchable, web-based resource containing in-depth reviews of assessment instruments used by clinicians and researchers in the field of child trauma.

APA PsychTests: An on-line inventory of tests and measures 

Equip users with ready-to-use psychological measurement tools.

Selected Instruments for Psychotherapy Outcome Measurement (EMDRIA)

A downloadable table of selected instruments that may be used in psychotherapy research.

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Find a Therapist

Helps you locate an EMDR therapist in your area.

New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association (NHCBA) Provider Resources

Offers direct links to many of the web sites that behavioral health providers reference most frequently. The web sites listed are submitted by providers and include professional associations, specialty behavioral health organizations and healthcare sites.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Services Locator

Helps researchers find alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country.

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

Committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

Campbell Collaboration Resource Center

Provides researchers, policy makers, and others who are interested or involved in our work, with helpful resources such as policy documents, guidelines, links and tutorials. It features content that has been developed by Campbell, as well as useful external resources.

EMDR Early Intervention Researcher’s Toolkit

Created by the EMDR Research Foundation, this practical resource was introduced in December 2014 to support research that investigates the use of EMDR Early Interventions in the treatment of trauma and disaster situations, whether that is a natural or man-made disaster, individual trauma, or events that impact larger communities. The Toolkit is an introduction to conducting research in disaster situations or in clinical situations such as crisis clinics, emergency rooms, or rape treatment centers. It highlights disaster response research methodology, including Randomized Controlled Trials, access to many of the EMDR Early Intervention Protocols, and guidelines to appropriate research measures in a readily accessible online format. It is our hope that the Toolkit will make it easier and more likely that EMDR clinicians responding to trauma and disaster situations will use a standardized approach and collect appropriate data as an integral part of their response.
The Toolkit text includes:
A. Selection of Design (Randomized vs Non-Randomized)
B. Selection of Intervention/Protocol
C. Selection of Measures
D. Follow-up
E. Implementations and Monitoring
F. Collection of Data
G.Publications (coming soon)
The Toolkit Appendices include:
Appendix A: Sample of Clinical Forms (including client information and client consent forms)
Appendix B: Table of Measures
Appendix C: EMDR Early Intervention Protocols, Resources, and References
Appendix D: Pocket Guide to EMDR Early Intervention Protocols

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Research Links Includes links for EMDR Therapy researchers.

  • EMDR Related Research
  • Developing and researching a new EMDR therapy protocol
  • Informed Consent
  • EMDR Research SIG (Special Interest Group for EMDRIA members:  “The goal of the Research SIG will be to facilitate collaboration and networking in EMDR-related research. The intent is to bring together interested clinicians and researchers who want to discuss research findings, dialogue about related issues, develop a project, participate in a study, collect data, explore/develop relevant measures, and/or write grant applications to fund EMDR research. Members of the Research Committee and the Research Foundation Board are ex-officio members of the SIG. The Research SIG may connect members with appropriate researchers/consultants on the Committee or within the community and/or may work on new and creative strategies for inspiring and facilitating research in areas in need of research attention e.g. depression, work with perpetrators, chronic pain, combat veterans, variations of protocol, documenting the distinct kinds of emotional/cognitive/somatic/personality changes consequent to EMDR treatment. The chair will facilitate communication among the members of the SIG, and the specific pursuits of the community will be determined by the interests and needs of its members.”

Committed to raising awareness and funding neuropsychiatric research to find preventions and cures for severe mental illnesses, focusing on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder, within a generation.


A social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. Read the latest publications in your field, discuss your work with other specialists, and collaborate with colleagues.

Science Daily – Mental Health Research News

Delivers mental health research headlines automatically to you every day by subscribing for free.

Society for Psychotherapy Research

An international, multidisciplinary scientific association devoted to research in psychotherapy. It supports the development of knowledge of psychotherapy by stimulating communication among researchers through scientific meetings, conferences, and the SPR journal.

(See databases section for specific search)

Registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

The Mental Health: Evidence and Research team (MER)

Mental Health: Evidence and Research team (MER) at WHO is deeply committed to closing the gap between what is needed and what is currently available to reduce the burden of mental disorders worldwide and to promote mental health. The MER team transforms this objective into action through the following core projects: Atlas, WHO-AIMS and Mental Health in Emergencies. All of these projects aim to increase the information and evidence base on mental health.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Supports research studies on mental health and disorders.