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About Dr. Francine Shapiro


Francine Shapiro, PhD, is the originator and developer of EMDR Therapy, which has been so well researched that it is now recommended as a front line treatment for trauma in the Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association, and those of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.  Dr. Shapiro is a Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California, Executive Director of the EMDR Institute in Watsonville, CA, and founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a non-profit organization that coordinates disaster response and low fee trainings worldwide.

Read Dr. Shapiro's Vita

She is a recipient of the International Sigmund Freud Award for distinguished contribution to psychotherapy presented by the City of Vienna in conjunction with the World Council, The American Psychological Association Trauma Psychology Division Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology, and the Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award presented by the California Psychological Association. </p><p>

Sadly, Dr. Shapiro died on June 16, 2019.  She gave a gift to the world that keeps on giving. 

Dr. Shapiro was designated as one of the "Cadre of Experts" of the American Psychological Association & Canadian Psychological Association Joint Initiative on Ethnopolitical Warfare, and has served as advisor to a wide variety of trauma treatment and outreach organizations and journals.  She has been an invited speaker at psychology conferences worldwide and has written and co-authored more than 70 articles, chapters, and books about EMDR, including:

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Guilford Press)

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)

Getting Past Your Past (Rodale)