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History of the Francine Shapiro Library

The Francine Shapiro Library is a compendium of scholarly works, presentations, and articles written on the topic of EMDR. The idea for this website began with one person's seminal question, "How can we comprehensively make available to clinicians, researchers and interested individuals an accurate and current listing of EMDR citations?" 

Dr. Barbara Hensley began collecting articles on EMDR during an internship under Irene Giessl, EdD, in the early 90s. By the year 2000, she had a five-drawer filing cabinet filled to the brim with journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as conference handouts, but had no way to easily access these articles in terms of titles, authors, years, keywords, or formats. In an attempt to organize and catalog a growing collection of valuable information, she began the arduous task of entering and collating the documents and references to other documents into a user-friendly database for herself and colleagues. In 2005-2006, ongoing discussions with Scott Blech, along with Drs. Barbara Hensley, Irene Giessl, and Marilyn Schleyer, were directed toward "How and where can we make this rich collection of EMDR literature available to a wider audience?" The rest is history.

The Francine Shapiro Library (FSL) was officially launched in 2007. It has involved untold hours of dedicated work on the part of Dr. Hensley and was formerly hosted by Northern Kentucky University's W. Frank Steely Library.  In October 2014, the FSL transitioned to the EMDRIA International Association where work continues in terms of data collection, data verification, and web development.

In May 2022, the FSL transitioned to Hope International University. This website serves as the Francine Shapiro Library and is a literary testimony to a global ripple that began in Los Gatos, California in 1987 and led to healing the pain of many worldwide. Anyone who has facilitated a successful EMDR session or has experienced its results firsthand can attest to the expanding ripples that Dr. Shapiro began and continues to grow as we progress further into the future.

The Francine Shapiro Library honors Dr. Shapiro for her courage, in the face of much risk, to identify and describe the Adaptive Information Processing Model that supports the explanation of EMDR. It serves to acknowledge the clinicians and scholars, worldwide, who have put pen to paper to describe, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate EMDR and the Adaptive Information Processing Model. Finally, this website serves to honor the courageous men, women and children who have trusted the thousands of therapists educated and trained in EMDR to "bring them home."

Laura L. Steele, PsyD
Dean, College of Psychology and Counseling
Hope International University

Related Information:

EMDR Milestones: The First 20 Years